Most political observers have figured out by now that President Donald Trump and his republican cronies operating in the White House and the US Congress, have been made privy to inside credible research that bears devastating news. They have been duly warned that they will be confronted with a tsunami wave of Democrats taking over the majority of seats in the US Congress post the November 2018 mid-term elections.
There is a reason that a former critic of the president, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been sounding like he’s had a lobotomy as he vociferously defends President Trump on the various Sunday talk shows. Why do you think that the president and his republican sycophants in the White House and the US Congress took time to travel on the weekend of January 5, 2018, en masse to Camp David to have a pow wow on this very subject. This helps explain the republicans’ schizophrenic reversal of being positive to now becoming downright hostile towards the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and its leader, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The Democrats have surely noted noticed that 30+ republicans are retiring from the US Congress? In short, the republicans are motivated to do everything possible to mitigate against the expected losses that are inevitable during the 2018 mid-term elections.
They are now confronting the reality that they will have to work with Democrats to pass bills that put them in a more favorable light. This gives the Democrats some added leverage when negotiatingn on priorities like fixing DACA, CHIP and providing aid to Puerto Rico.
The columnist Dana Milbank is warning that this is not the time for the left to beat up on their own working in the US Congress. Of course, keeping up the pressure on Congressional democrats with phone calls, protests, etc., are perfectly acceptable tactics but not at the expense of not targeting the republicans, opposing immigration reforms.
My opinion, for those who strongly back DACA protections being extended, is to give the democratic leaders in the US Congress a chance to succeed in fixing DACA, as it is my perception that the leaders are truly working hard to protect DACA dreamers, those young peoples who have been living in the USA since childhood without US citizenship, and who know no other country. They get this!
Here’s the rest of the story…
On January 9, 2018, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post penned the following opinion piece, “Dreamers’ need to get out of their own way”
“Once again, the left is eating its own.”
“Democrats are in a good position as they negotiate with President Trump and the congressional majority over their legislative priorities for the next couple of months: children’s health care, nondefense spending, disaster relief and legalization of the “dreamers,” that group of immigrants brought here illegally as children. They also are within reach of retaking both chambers of Congress in November.”
“But the dreamers have decided to give the Democrats a rude awakening.”
“This is bonkers.”
“Democrats — in and out of the supposed “Deportation Caucus” — support legalizing the dreamers. And Lee? His opposition to the spending bill had nothing to do with dreamers. He had called DACA “an illegal abuse of executive power.” Meanwhile, Trump, who created the artificial crisis by announcing he would end DACA, gets away with barely a scratch.”
“There have been sit-ins and sometimes arrests at the offices of Democratic senators.”
“The opposition party has been unusually unified over the past year, the result of their common horror over Trump’s ruinous reign. But just as things have begun to look hopeful for Democrats, the “professional left,” as Robert Gibbs famously called it, has begun manufacturing wedge issues to cleave the Trump opposition: over single-payer health care, impeachment, abortion and, now, immigration.”
“I’m sympathetic to the dreamers’ demand for immediate action. Greisa Martinez Rosas, director of advocacy for United We Dream, tells me that her group has “called out Trump as a white nationalist” and has identified the many Republicans who oppose DACA as “dream killers.” The group’s recent attacks on Democrats reflect desperation as time runs out for DACA. “We can’t wait,” Martinez Rosas said, noting that her DACA-covered sister, in college in Texas, could soon be deported. “That’s the moral position we are in.”
“United We Dream, by contrast, understandably wants the DACA legislation above all. It is demanding that Democrats instigate a government shutdown on Jan. 19 by refusing to support a short-term spending bill that doesn’t legalize the dreamers. Those who favor this approach argue that Trump and Republicans would be blamed for the pain of a shutdown, and Republicans would then legalize the dreamers.”
“Instead of training their fire on those who support them, dreamers and their supporters could use their prodigious energy on the 34 House Republicans who said they support legalization. These Republicans could force House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to include DACA in the spending bill. Meanwhile, dreamers and the Democrats will likely gain more leverage against Trump and the Republicans with the approach of March 5, the day the DACA program, per Trump’s order, expires. Trump, who had made clear he has no appetite for deporting the dreamers, would then have to capitulate — and Democrats could get a better deal for the dreamers.”
“Patience has been paying off for the Democrats. In his marathon televised session with lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday, Trump softened his position on the border wall and suggested a DACA deal could be had while postponing thornier issues such as chain migration. (This is before his Shxxhole comments made during a meeting over immigration issues) He repeatedly said he would like to see “comprehensive immigration reform” — long opposed by immigration hard-liners as “amnesty.”
“Dreamers will win this fight — if they don’t mow down their friends first.”