Trump’s Disastrous Amnesty Proposal

Less than a week ago, Senate Democrats shut down the federal government in an attempt to force President Trump to grant amnesty to 800,000 illegal aliens who had been beneficiaries of Barack Obama’s unconstitutional DACA program. Trump stood firm in opposition. Within two days, the Democrats folded. They lost, badly. The President was now in the driver’s seat. Then, he threw it all away.

Instead of pressing his political advantage, he completely surrendered on the issue of amnesty and offered the Democrats everything they wanted, and more… a lot more! Obama’s DACA program had illegally granted temporary legal status (not citizenship) to roughly 800,000 illegal aliens. According the the White House, Trump will now offer to inflate that number to 1.8 million. Furthermore, his proposal will not just give these illegal aliens legal status, but also citizenship! Not even Barack Obama himself ever made such a radical left-wing proposal on immigration. And make no mistake, this amnesty would not be limited to just 1.8 million. The real number will be much higher than this. As we know from experience, once the courts get a hold of this, they will greatly expand the number of illegal aliens to whom this amnesty will be applied. Guaranteed.

To the die-hard Trump supporters who make excuses for him no matter what he does, let me suggest that you are doing him no favors by supporting this proposal. If this plan is passed and signed into law, Trump will be a one-term President. Contrary to the popular belief among his most ardent supporters, President Trump did not win his election in a landslide. He won by the skin of his teeth. His electoral total belies the incredibly thin margin of his victory. He won with fewer votes than Mitt Romney received four years earlier, and he managed to win only because Hillary Clinton was such a terrible candidate that many Democrats stayed home. That will not happen again. The Democrats will be highly-motivated in 2020. Trump cannot afford to lose any of his supporters. If he goes forward with this terrible amnesty proposal, he will lose them in droves. If just a small fraction of Trump voters decide not to vote in 2020, the President can kiss any chance of re-election goodbye. But that would be the least of our problems. For if we grant amnesty to 1.8 million (actually, it would be many more) illegal aliens, we can all kiss the country good-bye. Within a few elections cycles, the states of Arizona, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas will all flip from red to blue. When that happens, it will be all over. No Republican will win the White House again. Soon the Supreme Court will be packed with far-left anti-Constitution justices. The Second Amendment? Gone. Religious liberty? Gone. Freedom of Speech? In significant ways, gone. Federalism? You’ve got to be kidding! Make no mistake, if we pass amnesty on this massive scale, then we will do to several red states what was done to California by Reagan’s amnesty. If that happens, like I said, it will be all over. Ponder that!

From The Washington Times:

President Trump will propose a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrant Dreamers, nearly tripling the Obama-era DACA program, the White House said Thursday.

Mr. Trump’s vision, which he will submit to Congress next week, would grant legal status to fewer than the 3 million people under the plan Senate Democrats have backed. But the number of people is far higher than the 690,000 in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

White House officials said they felt they had to go that far in order to demand major changes on the security side, including an end to catch-and-release of illegal immigrants snared at the border, faster deportations for those caught overstaying their visas inside the U.S. and $25 billion for Mr. Trump’s wall.

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Mark Pantano is a Constitutional Conservative Writer, lawyer, and political commentator. Author of the short book “Destroying Trump.” His daily podcast, “The Mark Pantano Show” is scheduled to debut February 2018.