Trump’s minions have announced that it’s “Infrastructure Week” again and released a delusional budget, which can only mean that a scandal is about to erupt that will kick all policy discussions clear outta the news cycle (my preferred option), or the immigration debate will move forward in some material way that will enrage all parties and make talk of infrastructure impossible. The latter seems more likely.
To recap, here are the “four pillars” Trump laid out after flipping and flopping like a beached large-mouth bass prior to the first shut-down:
1. A path to citizenship for 1.8M DREAMers
2. A border wall with Mexico and increased funding for Border Patrol
3. Ending the diversity visa lottery
4. Banning US citizens from sponsoring their adult children, parents, and siblings for green cards
To filter the issue through the lens of the Last Honest Man’s View From Nowhere, here’s Politico reporter Marc Caputo’s take on the current standings, in response to polling that shows the majority of Americans oppose Trump’s immigration proposal:
At a certain point, it’s going to dawn on Democrats and the immigrant-rights community that Republicans control all three branches of government now and all their attacks on Trump and immigration hardliners will do nothing to stop deportations
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 12, 2018
Interesting how that works, huh? Trump don’t give a fuck what the country thinks about immigration. Republicans control all three branches of government. So, are Democrats just going to stand idly by while DREAMers get deported?
But as maddening as that framing is, there’s truth to it because Americans may oppose Trump’s hard line on immigration, but not enough to make him and the GOP pay for it, at least not in the short term. On a visceral level, if not numerically, the GOP base understands that significantly curtailing LEGAL immigration will keep the country whiter, longer.
Non-MAGAt Americans may not be on board with the last-ditch effort to extend the white majority — just as they’re not on board with allowing the NRA to run domestic firearms policy — but, as in the gun safety case, they don’t seem to care enough to make immigration a major priority. I think we found that out during the first shut-down.
So, what to do? I can’t be objective about the DREAMer issue because it affects a family member. But my preference is for the Democrats to try to negotiate concessions on the “four pillars” — they should shoot for a better deal for DREAMers and try to expand the cruel family unification restrictions proposed by Trump, bringing them more in line with the immigration policies that built this country.
But if they can’t get anything, I hope they concede and protect the DREAMers. I firmly believe it will hurt the country if the GOP gets its way, but we’re screwed in the short term with these clowns in the driver’s seat regardless. Might as well try to salvage something positive, then work to repair the damage once Trump is ousted.
What do you think?