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Dreamer, alien, chain migration, family reunification: Immigration war is one of words


Special to The Bee

January 25, 2018 04:00 AM

Updated January 25, 2018 04:00 AM

Politics, in part, is the art of persuasion. Language matters in all of our policy debates. How politicians and pundits frame an argument or a debate – how we use our words to shape public opinion – has tremendous consequences on our lives and the lives of our countrymen.

Which is why our public discourse is so nuts.

Hands down, the most consequential debate of the moment is immigration. Who gets to come? Who gets to stay? The questions (and answers) get to the heart, as our immediate past president often liked to say, of “who we are.”.

Turns out, “who we are” is a matter of some dispute. America’s founders had some things to say on the subject. When Congress debated the nation’s first naturalization law in 1790, James Madison said we should “hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” (Note the qualifying “worthy.”)   :snip: 

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The Art of the Choke

Via Mike

The White House immigration outline was released today and it's not good. It could change tomorrow, for all we know, but as it stands now, this is a preemptive surrender on several issues.

The enforcement component is fine, as far as it goes – there's no E-Verify, but the White House decided months ago not to push that, thinking it would be a bridge too far for Democrats, since it impacts illegals who are already here.

But the amnesty and chain migration components are fatally flawed. The fact that the amnesty would include a path to citizenship (i.e., the beneficiaries would eventually get green cards like regular immigrants) is fine with me – if you're going to amnesty illegal aliens, just rip off the band-aid and get it over with.

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Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:08 pm

I have been slammed at work but several Trump developments have happened that I know y’all want to talk about. Nothing says “half-assed post” like a post with the title “Open Thread.” So here we go.

* So Trump wants to have a big amnesty, in return for Congress funding a wall that we were told Mexico would pay for. A path to citizenship is the cherry on top! Ted Cruz says no.

* So Trump wants to talk to Mueller — and do it “under oath.” Allahpundit says it well:  :snip: http://patterico.com/2018/01/25/evening-open-thread-trump-edition/

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Trump Risks Debasing American Citizenship

By Angelo Codevilla| January 25, 2018

Because Democrats regard the millions of people who have entered, are entering, and (they hopewill continue to enter the United States illegally as a prospective bloc of captive voters, they demand we give illegal aliens “a path to citizenship.” And President Trump now seems inclined to give in to that demand.

 Citizenship is what the 1965 immigration law has conferred to more than 40 million people from what we used to call the Third World, a majority of whom have in fact become the Democratic Party’s reliable supporters. So as we decide what the status of various categories of illegals should be and whether to continue or to reform our current system of legal immigration, there should be no doubt that the balance of political power in America is at stakenever mind its cultural character.

Who shall be admitted to citizenship is the question. Next to that, who we let in to do what looms small. Citizenship determines who shall rule, to what ends, and what life among us will be. Such decisions are quintessential to popular sovereignty.  :snip: 

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Dreamers in Beltwayland

By Pedro Gonzalez| January 27, 2018

Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) shut down the government last weekend, ostensibly in defense of “Dreamers”—illegal aliens who arrived in the United States as minors. The Democrats, in effect, placed the progressive political project “above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” as a White House press release put it.

 This new and virtuous Schumer of 2018 stands in stark contrast with the Schumer of 2013, who vehemently denounced those who would “risk default for the nation” by shutting down the government over immigration. He called such obstinance the “politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.” But that was before Trump and #TheResistance.  :snip: https://amgreatness.com/2018/01/27/dreamers-in-beltwayland/

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January 27, 2018

Three Ways to Stop the DACA Nightmare

By John Horvat II

The “dreamer” debate is raging as the nation contemplates what to do with the 800,000 young people who came to America illegally as children alone or with parents or relatives.  

Of course, this debate was foreseen. The Obama administration broke the immigration rules with its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in which young people who arrived in America illegally with their parents might apply to stay in America upon reaching age 15 for two-year renewable periods.

The program does not offer any legal status or path to citizenship. It merely allows young people to live in America without actually being Americans.

This legal limbo logically led to the present scenario. There are now hundreds of thousands of young adults living for years as Americans clamoring for amnesty so that they might be transformed from de facto residents into future citizens.  :snip: 

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Trump: Dems rejected my generous offer because they “do not want to solve DACA, only use it!”

Posted by William A. Jacobson    January 28, 2018 at 12:00pm

Trump is blessed with an opposition that makes him seem reasonable by comparison.

A hot topic in the Legal Insurrection comment sections has been whether the insane/deranged/lunatic/vicious/malicious reaction of Democrats and the open-borders left to Trump’s generous DACA/Dreamer amnesty framework was part of some three-dimensional chess play by Trump.

In that scenario, Trump offered what he knew never would be accepted in order to make himself look good and his opposition unreasonable: Amnesty for 1.8 million ‘Dreamers’ plus immediate family reunification, in exchange for funding of border security and The Wall, and an end to extended family chain migration.

(more…)           :snip:    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/01/trump-dems-rejected-my-generous-offer-because-they-do-not-want-to-solve-daca-only-use-it/

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Trump’s DACA Proposal is the “Worst Deal in the History of Deals”

By Spencer P. Morrison| February 2, 2018

Last week President Trump proposed terms for a deal on DACA. Days later Trump reiterated his plan in his State of the Union address, calling it a “great deal” for Democrats. It is, but for America, I am sad to say that it is one of the worst deals in the history of deals—maybe ever.

 CNBC accurately describes Trump’s proposal as a “dream come true” for the Left. Not only does it give them the moon and stars, it gives no real immediate—nor permanent—concessions to the Republicans. The deal is asymmetrical and dangerous.

Trump’s proposal will give a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million people—up from 800,000 in his October proposal—and allow them to sponsor their spouses and children for green cards. In exchange, Democrats will agree to scrap the visa “diversity lottery,” end chain migration, and provide $25 billion for the border wall. While it may look like a decent deal, there are a few critical caveats.   :snip:  https://amgreatness.com/2018/02/02/trumps-daca-proposal-worst-deal-history-deals/

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Trump’s Generosity Reveals Democrats’ Hard Heartedness

By Christopher Roach| February 1, 2018

The immigration issue is mostly presented in the mainstream media as a story of big-hearted humanitarians versus mean bigots. Immigration restrictionists, by enacting the policies of the despised Dwight Eisenhower, will tear families apart and defy America’s core principles. By contrast, immigration enthusiasts will do the opposite, welcoming newcomers, celebrating their diversity, and allowing America to extend its generosity to all seven billion people of this uncrowded planet (and not merely cynically add to the ranks of the Democratic Party, get cheaper maids, and hurt flyover country with exogenous wage pressure).

 Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was a great success that presented his core themes to the country without the usual media filter. And while it touched on many themes, immigration was one of his core differentiating issues during the campaign and this speech, which turned the standard immigration narrative on its head in at least three ways.   :snip:    https://amgreatness.com/2018/02/01/trumps-generosity-reveals-democrats-hard-heartedness/

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