The majority of Trump’s base is against DACA, and while the President may believe he’s doing the right thing, many are worried that his latest move will isolate him from his core supporters. In a very pro-immigrant move, President Trump has broadcast a “full fledged,” surrender on the issue of giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal childhood arrivals.
While President Trump never expressly stated that he was going to deport every single childhood arrival, many of his voters expected it. “Don’t reward people unlawfully invading our country,” says one user. “Are you f**king kidding,” said another.
Trump threw out a string of tweets, which appear to be in stark contrast to the man that conservatives elected. “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs?” Trump asked. Apparently it seems that many of his voters do.
Although he tweeted last night that no deal had been made, his tweets this morning make it clear he is leaning towards giving “good young people” a chance to get legal residency.
Well, actually, many of the people who helped elect you very much want that.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 14, 2017
He added that these illegal immigrants “have been brought here through no fault of their own,” and while that may be true, many believe Trump is siding with illegal immigrants over the American people. President Trump was elected based off of his hardline stance against illegal immigration, but it appears that he may not be softening his tone.
…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Some have suggested that President Trump will use this as a bargaining chip, pressuring Democrats to fulfill his other demands, but it appears that he’s even backtracked on building the wall.
“The Wall,” he tweets, “which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.” Many expect a full fledged border wall to be erected on the American-Mexican border, and while it is still unclear whether this will happen, it seems to be looking more bleak than before.
The Hill reports that President Trump has promoted a legislative deal that will quickly legalize all 800,000 illegal aliens on DACA, without getting any pro-American laws passed in return.
Indeed, said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), the president is already getting impatient.
“He says, ‘Oh, DACA, we want to move on this quick, we don’t want to wait six months,’” Cuellar said after the meeting. “He said, ‘It’s already been six days and nothing’s happened.’”
Cuellar said Trump didn’t propose a timeline, but voiced concerns that waiting until the March 5 deadline grows closer would only put a spotlight on the issue and make it more difficult for Congress to act. The president, Cuellar said, wants to move “when people are not expecting it.”
Democratic leaders have warned that they’ll opposed any new funding for Trump’s border wall. In response, the president told the lawmakers Wednesday that he’ll divorce the issue from a DACA bill.
Although President Trump is in fact looking to push through a clean amnesty bill for these nearly 800,000 illegal childhood arrivals, he did mention the possibility of passing a pro-American worker “RAISE Act,” which would cut legal immigration in half, promoting American workers and American jobs.
Many illegal childhood arrivals are grateful for President Trump’s complete 180 on the issue, but the vast majority of his Christian, Caucasian voter base is infuriated. Furthermore, experts have warned that this 800,000 could actually snowball into nearly four million once everything is said and done.
Should DACA recipients receive amnesty, Center for Immigration Studies Director Mark Krikorian has warned that it will have two impacts on American communities: A surge in illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border and a surge in legal immigration, as newly-amnestied DACA recipients would be able to bring their relatives to the U.S., potentially peaking at two to four million.
DACA recipients currently hold upwards of 700,000 U.S. jobs. An ultimate end to the program – with DACA recipients not getting amnesty –would result in a 700,000 job stimulus for American workers. This would amount to nearly 30,000 new U.S. job openings for American workers every month once the program is officially phased out.
Although screening for DACA was previously touted as being sufficient in keeping criminals out, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revealed that more than 2,100 recipients had their status revoked for being criminals or gang members.
As President Trump has softened his stance on illegal immigration, many are concerned that he’s handing over any possibility of a second term. Analysts have pointed out that the anti-Trump crowd will not change their mind, and will still accuse him of fascism, while the pro-Trump crowd will quickly change sides.