Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ramesh Ponnuru on Why Trump Is No Dealmaker on Immigration

Ramesh Ponnuru on Why Trump Is No Dealmaker on Immigration

Political battle lines intensified following Trump's vulgar description of African nations and derogatory comments about Haiti at a White House meeting last Thursday, and its fate is uncertain. "Then we can start comprehensive immigration reform the next afternoon".

The president met with congressional leaders ahead of a January 19 deadline for a budget deal to prevent a partial government shutdown.

In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave six months' notice of the Trump administration's intention to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama administration program that granted work permits to Dreamers if they met certain requirements, including clean criminal records.

The plaintiffs said the Trump administration failed to follow the law in rescinding DACA and would cause irreparable harm by forcing immigrants to leave jobs, drop out of school and potentially be deported. Trump rejected the plan, reportedly saying "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?"

That's not leadership, but it's typical for Trump, who doesn't specialize in details. "The president could learn a thing or two from them". A permanent way to protect DACA recipients and provide a path to citizenship is necessary, he said. Most members of both parties are against kicking out as many as 800,000 people in the country illegally who came here as children.

There will be no amnesty, he declared in a September 2016 campaign speech, adding, "Our message to the world will be this: You can not obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country". He said Texas has about 24,000 DACA-eligible students enrolled in higher education.

When it came to the issue of, quote, "chain migration", I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?

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The proposal also included increased resources for border security and funding for some kind of barrier on the frontier with Mexico.

"Not knowing what's going to happen in your future is something that causes a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear, a lot of stress", said Maria Leon.

Alsup ruled that the rescission of DACA was based on a flawed legal premise that the Department of Homeland Security lacked authority to create the program. The deal also calls for allocating $1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security. "The expressions immediately gave rise to controversy and indignation". That's a phrase that's anathema to many in Trump's base, and it's not really clear what he means by it. National media outlets reported the bill is unlikely to be passed by the Senate in its current form. It's about keeping illegal drugs and illegal immigrants on the other side of the border, and taking care of the DACA kids.

What Trump doesn't understand is, when given the opportunity, immigrant families will succeed beyond all expectations.

Everyone - even Democrats - know that the immigration system is broken.

But a federal judge in California on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from ending the program, and ordering the government to resume processing DACA renewal applications.

At the same time, Durbin attacked Trump's use of the term "chain migration", a technical immigration term used to describe the process whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the US with them. Perhaps that can be a springboard to further reforms.

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