On Friday President Trump indicated that he would not consider reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program without a commitment from Democrats on building a southern border wall. The construction of a wall on the southern border of the United States has been a staple of every rally Donald Trump has held, both as a candidate and as President.
“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc.” – President Trump via Twitter
This past September, President Trump decided not to recertify DACA, a program that was established under President Barack Obama. DACA was established to protect illegal immigrant children from being deported since many were brought to the United States by their parents and “to no fault of their own.”
Many Democrats have been demanding DACA be reinstated immediately however, President Trump has responded with common sense demands of his own which included a wall on the southern border and an end to both chain-migration and the Visa Lottery Program.
Both chain-migration and the Visa-Lottery program have been highlighted recently in the media since both programs were responsible for delivering the latest rounds of terrorists to the United States. The latest terror attacks in New York City were executed by individuals that exploited both of these immigration programs. President Trump has suggested replacing the current immigration system with a more reliable and safer “merit based” immigration system which includes extreme vetting for countries that harbor, promote, and fund terrorism.
The program is popular to the majority of the country, which is why it serves as the perfect bargaining chip for securing the border and reforming immigration in the manner to which President Trump sees fit. The only people vehemently opposed to the border wall are the 10% – 20% of the Democratic Party who identify as “liberal-progressive” while they argue for “open borders.”
Representatives on behalf of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi indicated that the two would not negotiate the matter through the media and added that they look forward to serious discussions with lawmakers when Congress is back in session. The Senate will begin the new-year on January 3 and the House returns to session on January 8 of 2018.
The positions taken by the two Congressional minority leaders serves as a great indicator for the President heading into negotiations. A wall along the southern border is an immigration reform that Democrats oppose and liberal-progressives absolutely hate however, DACA is a must in the eyes of all Democrats. But time is running out as DACA expires in March of 2018. The delay tactics on behalf of the President have put the Democrats in the position of having to give concessions with regard to the President’s desired immigrations reforms in return for the President’s signature on any piece of legislation pertaining to DACA.
It does appear that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi plan to concede on some of the President’s demands however, they would be skewered by the liberal-progressive wing of their party if they were to elude to that in the media. On September 18 of this year, Nancy Pelosi was confronted by DACA supporters protesting her decision to merely speak with the President about the immigration program.
It appears that was a lesson learned by the Democratic leadership in congress as they have decided to clam-up regarding their negotiating stance with respect to DACA. They have however, taken the first brave steps in indicating they plan to sit down with “lawmakers” when they return to session in the new-year. Nevertheless, we can be certain to expect liberal-progressive outrage to ensue once negotiations are made public or a deal is reached.
President Trump seems to have the stronger negotiating platform here since he was elected to office touting immigration reforms as one of his leading agenda items. Couple that with the President’s leverage of having the final-say on any piece of DACA legislation that gets passed through congress, and the President has a winning hand. It has become apparent the President has successfully positioned himself to reform immigration by dangling the DACA bargaining chip at the head of the table while Chuck and Nancy silently consider folding to Trump’s demands.