WATCH Kellyanne Sets The Record Straight On DACA

  • 2018-01-03
  • Source: Town Hall
  • by: Guy Benson
Let's follow the bouncing ball together.  Throughout his entire campaign, President Trump repeatedly emphasized one single memorable policy priority: Building a wall along the southern border.  After he was elected, he insisted that he would fulfill that promise, come hell, high water, or government shutdown.  But after his administration announced the cancellation of President Obama's legally-dubious executive amnesty for so-called 'DREAMers' (DACA), White House officials explicitly stated that an immigration compromise on that front could be reached without "the wall."  Flashback to early September...

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He wasn't backing off his clearly-stated objective per se, but he wasn't going to demand that it be linked to this particular compromise. Mere weeks later, "the wall" was was reinserted into the conversation as a non-negotiable item: "The wall is suddenly back on the menu -- alongside a slew of additional demands that touch on immigration hot buttons, ranging from sanctuary cities, to refugees, to elements of the RAISE Act.  Democratic leaders have already rejected the administration's new posture outright, which they say constitute an unacceptable departure from the tentative 'understanding' they struck in private meetings with the president several weeks ago," I wrote in October.  With Congress escaping for the holidays after passing a temporary government funding bill that did not address the issue of formalizing DREAMers' legal status, key elements of the Democratic base were on the brink of open revolt against party leaders.  The pressure is now on to strike a bargain and resolve this issue, with the legislative clock ticking down to a March deadline.  Ahead of new talks (which reopen today), the White House has dug in on a hardline negotiating position, at least as an opening gambit...
 
And here's Kellyanne Conway on Fox News this morning, underscoring that "there is no DACA without funding for the wall:"
 
She went on to mention other components of the president's immigration reform vision, such as ending the controversial visa 'diversity lottery' program, uprooting the current regime of chain migration, and hiring more border patrol agents.  We can debate the virtues of shifting to a merit-based immigration system (which is the law elsewhere in the West, including in Canada), but it seems extremely unlikely that a policy change that sweeping has a real chance of being incorporated into a possible DACA deal.  Several of the other measures Conway mentioned are more plausible.  There appears to be a bipartisan consensus behind scrapping the visa lottery, and as I've written previously, every single Senate Democrat voted in 2013 to roughly doublethe border patrol force as part of the 'Gang of Eight' reform bill.  Also an element of that legislation?  The completion of 700 miles of fencing, a point I noted shortly after Conway's segment on America's Newsroom...
 Source: Town Hall
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