By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
Negotiations are currently underway in the American Congress on what to do with the 800,000 illegal aliens that arrived as children, the DREAMers, as well as general immigration and national security policy. In 2012 President Obama signed an executive order, to enable illegal aliens who were brought into the United States as children to have renewable two year periods where they would be allowed to stay in the country and be eligible for work permits. This is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. It was slated to expire on March 5th, 2018, if Congress had failed to enact new DACA legislation. Democrats had been pushing for a clean DACA bill, focussed only on DACA, to legalize all DACA children, without any mention of border security in the bill It seems as if many Democrats would like open borders- and they claim they are the moderate ones.
Trump was extremely hawkish on immigration during the 2016 campaign, to the point where many suggested he was racist, however he has issued tweets that show he has softened significantly on immigration: “Congress, get ready to do your job- DACA”; “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military, really…”; and “They have been in the country for many years through no fault of their own- brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security”. A lot of members of Trump’s base were upset by this as they felt he was reneging on his deportation promises he made during the campaign. Recently Trump proposed the following deal:
- Dreamers (Trump is now speaking of 2 million instead of the typical 800,000) could stay and would have a pathway to citizenship in 10-12 years as long as they are of net benefit to the United States. This presumably means as long as they have no criminal record, have not taken any welfare funds and are contributing to the economy. This seems like a reasonable compromise between the moderate Republicans and reasonable Democrats who want a clean DACA bill and the hardliners who want all of them deported.
- Limit chain migration to spouses, minor children and parents. Chain migration was a part of Johnson’s 1965 immigration plan that allowed immigrants to bring in their entire family, including cousins, aunts, uncles and people who they claimed to be related to from countries where records may or may not be accurate. This is a good compromise because it allows immigrants to have their close family members with them while preventing a large influx of immigrants who may not get in on their own merit.
- $25 Billion funding for the border wall. It was Trump’s largest campaign promise, the chant at all of his rallies yet it has been over a year and there has been zero progress.
- An end to the Diversity Visa Lottery. The diversity visa lottery is a system where the United States arbitrarily awards visas to citizens from countries that are “less represented” in the immigrant community. Those who get the visa are randomly selected which goes against the American value of meritocracy, which is how immigrants should be chosen.
Since the president’s job is to sign legislation, it is up to Congress to devise an immigration bill based on these premises. It will easily pass through the House of Representatives, where Republicans currently enjoy a comfortable majority, but may face some difficulties in the Senate. If two Republic senators (and all Democrats, who tend to vote as a bloc) reject this bill, it will fail and may require more negotiations. Bad immigration policy leads people to resent immigration and immigrants, when immigration based on merit improves the country and a policy based on this would likely lower anti-immigrant sentiments.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.