aside Thanks To The White House And DHS, Immigration Reform Died In The US Senate On 2/15/18

Senator Lindsey Graham/ photo by Andrew Jackson for NY Times
A DHS partisan press release on February 15, 2018, reprinted on just about every right wing media site was the poison pill that virtually guaranteed that all 4 immigration bills under consideration, would not be passed by the US Senate. It thrashed all the bi-partisan immigration reform bills while backing only President Donald Trump’s “four pillars” of immigration reform, laid out in his State of the Union address Jan. 30. This DHS report  was replete with distortions and misinformation.
The term Dreamers refers to about 800,000 + people who were bought to the U.S. illegally as children. Until former democratic President Barack Obama instigated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, Dreamers lived under the threat of deportation at any time to countries many of them never knew. Under DACA, the threat of deportation was lifted but President Trump ended this policy in September 2017.
Editorial cartoon on DACA and Dreamers and President Donald Trump
If there is any hope in resurrecting any fix to this immigration reform quagmire by the US Senate, it will be because the DACA program extension is very popular with the public and because big business has been and will be placing pressure on the US Congress to pass an extension on the DACA program.
The 2/15/18 NY Times editorial (below) describes how Mr. Trump is not interested in resolving this difficult problem if he can exploit it for political gain.
Editorial cartoon on Dreamers and deportation
Here’s the rest of the story…
As per a 2/15/18 Hill report, Graham blasts Homeland Security statement as ‘poisonous’ by Jordain Carney, “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) criticizing a bipartisan immigration deal he worked on as “poisonous” and “ridiculous.”
“The DHS press release is over the top. It’s poisonous. I think its ridiculous and I’ve long since stopped paying attention to them,” he said.”
“DHS ripped a deal offered by a bipartisan coalition of senators, saying it “destroys” the department’s ability to remove undocumented immigrants from the country and “ignores the lessons” of Sept. 11, 2001.”
 Graham blasts Homeland Security statement as 'poisonous'photo Greg Nash
“It would be the end of immigration enforcement in America and only serve to draw millions more illegal aliens with no way to remove them,” the statement said. “By halting immigration enforcement for all aliens who arrived before June 2018, it ignores the lessons of 9/11 and significantly increases the risk of crime and terrorism.”
“The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged,” the department (DHS) said, referring to Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).”
 Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions and DACA and Dreamers
“The proposal crafted by the senators would allow about 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to stay with a path to citizenship. It also provides $25 billion for border security and would impose limited changes to family-based immigration.”
“But it doesn’t include broader changes to family-based immigration, which conservatives call “chain migration,” or eliminate the State Department’s diversity visa lottery. “
“Graham added in a separate statement that DHS is acting “more like a political organization intent on poisoning the well” and expressed disappointment with Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “
A group of local and statewide community groups gathered

As per the 12/4/17 Washington Post article by David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe, “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Congress to protect the dreamers as the business community prepares to push Congress on the issue as well.”

“The longer Congress waits, the more Dreamers will lose their ability to work here legally and become subject to immediate deportation,” said Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and chief executive. “This will cause serious disruptions in the business operations of the companies that employ them, which is why many business leaders have demanded action on this issue.”

As per September 5, 2017 Fortune article by Joseph Hincks, “Some of America’s largest companies have thrown their weight behind a campaign urging President Trump not to scrap an Obama-era program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from being deported.”

CNN Money reports that more than 400 business leaders—including the CEO’s of AmazonApple , MicrosoftFacebookGoogle , AT&T, and Wells Fargo —have now signed a letter drafted by immigration advocacy group FWD.us.”

“Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs,” the letter said. “They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”

 

On February 15, 2018, the Editorial Board of the New York Times penned the following op-ed piece, “Trump Kills Compromise On Immigration”

Excerpts:

“This past week was meant to be dedicated to a rare open debate on immigration in the Senate, and once again, centrist Democrats and Republicans proposed a pair of similar and reasonable compromises on what has arguably become the most charged issue of the day. Alas, they both fell before the anti-immigration furor of the Trump administration. But then President Trump’s own hard-line immigration bill fell much harder.”

“The compromise measures would have resolved the fate of the Dreamers, the 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and whose plight has generated broad sympathy. One bill written by a bipartisan group of senators calling itself the Common Sense Coalition would also have given Mr. Trump money for his much-ballyhooed wall along the Mexican border, though over a 10-year period, while putting off more contentious questions about immigration.”

“Unfortunately, Mr. Trump is not interested in resolving a difficult problem if he can exploit it for political gain. After threatening to veto any measure that didn’t include his tough demands, and getting Department of Homeland Security officials to bad-mouth the compromise measures, the president succeeded in getting most Republicans to vote against them, leaving both short of the 60 votes they needed, one by eight votes and one by six.”

“It is not clear what lies ahead for the Dreamers or for the congressional effort to find a solution. It’s hard to imagine that this legislative stalemate concerns the president much. Given the passions around immigration and rising tensions over midterm elections, he and conservative Republicans might be just as happy to beat their chests about Democratic obstruction to immigration reform. They could also try to blame the Democrats for the Dreamers’ loss, even though it was Mr. Trump who ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave the Dreamers temporary protection from deportation.”

Editorial cartoon on DACA and immigration

“Even though a moderate compromise would be a Band-Aid, as Mr. Trump said, leaving fundamental questions unresolved, it is about the best that can be achieved given the yawning divide over immigration. The president himself at one point expressed sympathy for the young immigrants. At another point he said he would sign any immigration bill put on his desk. As Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, noted, most Americans would applaud a deal that takes care of the Dreamers, enhances border security and lets Mr. Trump claim victory for his wall.”

6 comments

  1. Gronda, the failure to reach compromise is on the disruptive President who is all over the place. He created the crisis, reached agreement with the Dems last fall, supported bipartisan efforts then sank them with his sh**hole backstabbing meeting, then went back and forth on bipartisan and hardline. If I were a legislator, I would ignore him and get something passed. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I truly believe that it is the hard-line anti-immigration republicans General Kelly, Stephen Miller, Gene Kelly, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and others who never wanted DACA approved, who are executing this immigration game of chicken as they use the president as a Trojan Horse.

      That 2/15/18 DHS press release proves this point.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    With the just announced charges that Bob Mueller and staff have revealed, it is going to be pretty hard for King Little Hand Donnie’s supporters to continue to say he is totally innocent because no proof has been shown! This is not good for the King and his Court Yard Jesters…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      This was a brilliant move by the DOJ and the FBI on so many levels.

      The president lied to his base and they now know this. The president can no longer operate in a state of denial regarding Russia’s meddling in US politics.

      If he continues to cover for Russia, he’ll expose himself as the Russian asset that he is.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      What else is new. Frankly, I am convinced that the hard-line anti-immigration republicans ensconced in the White House and the US Congress never wanted to fix DACA, period.

      They wanted to look like they had heart because that vast majority of Americans want this. But every time, it looked like this was a real possibility, there were those who made sure to scuttle this possibility.

      After a certain number of times, I get the picture. There was no way, DACA was ever going to be fixed.

      Hugs, Gronda

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