Welp, that didn’t take long.
President Trump recently announced a new proposal on border security that would provide a three-year extension to immigrants who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and those who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Predictably, the Democrats have already rejected it. Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had snubbed the proposal an hour before Trump even gave his speech.
Yes, I know you’re shocked. So am I. Who would have thought that the Democrats — who have advocated for a solution to the DACA problem for years — would abandon the Dreamers? Well, if you have been paying attention, you already know that the Democrats have rejected multiple proposals that would have extended DACA because they are more concerned with denying Trump his beloved border wall than they are with helping the children of illegal immigrants.
Put simply, the Democrats seem to hate Trump more than they love the Dreamers. But is that all there is to it? I’d argue that the left’s refusal to help DACA recipients is about more than opposing the wall.
Disaffected Groups Make Effective Pawns
DACA has been a serious issue since President Obama created the program through executive order. After he took office, President Trump ended the DACA program due to its unconstitutionality and urged Congress to come up with a permanent solution. Of course, the left and their allies in the press lambasted the president and have used his decision to promote their “everyone who disagrees with us is racist” narrative.
Since Congress has failed to come up with a viable solution, the Dreamers have been in limbo. They are not being targeted for deportation, but they still do not have certainty about their legal status in the United States. The majority of Republicans favor giving DACA recipients permanent legal status or citizenship in exchange for more effective border security, which is why Trump and the GOP have offered similar proposals on multiple occasions.
Unfortunately, the Democrats have another agenda.
As long as the Dreamers are left in their current situation, the far-left can use their plight as a political weapon against the Republican Party and President Trump. Solving the problem would remove this tool from their arsenal. Put simply, it is in the Democrats’ best interests to reject offers that would benefit DACA recipients and ensure that they are still living in limbo.
Do ANY Democrats Care?
There is no doubt that some Democratic lawmakers genuinely care about the Dreamers and are not as gung-ho about opposing Trump on the border wall. Some of the freshmen Democratic representatives have indicated that their constituents are concerned about illegal immigration and are not averse to erecting physical barriers along the southern border. These are the Democrats that would be willing to make a deal with Trump. But unfortunately, the old guard, led by Speaker Pelosi is unwilling to budge.
The reality is that the Democrats actually have an opportunity to be the heroes of this story. By pushing for improved border security measures while also working towards a permanent solution for DACA recipients, they can get the best of both worlds. In fact, they may even be able to get more from Trump for the Dreamers. After all, the majority of Republicans have no problem offering the Dreamers legal status in the United States as long as we beef up security at the southern border and stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
But the bitter truth is that as long as the Pelosi wing of the Democratic Party is in charge, it is unlikely that a deal that provides a solution for the Dreamers while enhancing border security will be passed. If conservatives want to win this battle, they need to highlight the Democrats’ willingness to throw the Dreamers under the bus while using their situation to score cheap political points. It needs to be said over and over again that many left-leaning lawmakers have no intention of providing meaningful solutions for DACA recipients because they are more politically valuable when they’re suffering.