WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2018 comes into full swing, the robust remnants of the Swamp are coming into full relief. President Donald Trump held a meeting Tuesday with top lawmakers at the White House to discuss a ‘two phase’ immigration reform plan that may include amnesty for illegal aliens.
The deal is being forged against the anvil of a potential government shutdown, which usually results in Republicans selling out on their campaign promises and giving Democrats what they want.
“Trump held a lengthy meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking a solution for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and living here illegally. Trump last year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave then the right to work legally. He gave Congress until March to find a fix.”
Far from holding the line on ‘Law and Order,’ Trump seemed to, instead, go squishy on his hardline anti-illegal immigration stances that propelled him through the 2016 presidential campaign. The president even suggested bring back pork-barrel spending as an incentive to sweeten the pot for comprehensive immigration reform.
“Trump at one point suggested bringing back “earmarks,” or money for pet projects requested by lawmakers, as a way to bring the two parties together and avoid divisions.
The president said he would insist on construction of a border security wall as part of an agreement involving young immigrants, but he said Congress could then pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul in the second phase.
House Republicans said they planned to soon introduce legislation to address border security and the young immigrants. Trump said, “it should be a bill of love.””
First, whenever a policy is sold as ‘compassionate’ or ‘loving’ it is a sure sign that principles are being thrown out of the window in favor of consensus building that benefits Leftists far more than conservatives.
Speaking of consensus, earmarks are a practice that are universally panned by voters because they represent the worst of the Washington, D.C. Swamp – skimming taxpayer funds to bribe politicians into supporting ever growing Big Government.
If even Trump is going soft on illegal immigration, who is left to hold the line…or the border? It certainly isn’t Mr. RINO Thom Tillis.
Luckily, one Congressman from the Old North State is speaking out against the the encroaching Swamp muck.
“Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has long been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said in a text message after the White House meeting that he opposed the approach Trump suggested.
“Generally I’m opposed to a two-step process because history would indicate the second step never happens,” Meadows said.
Asked if his group could stop such a plan if it starts moving in Congress, Meadows said, “It will be up to the American people to stop it. Their voice has consistently been the power by the Freedom Caucus’ ability to influence public policy.””
That’s exactly right. Whenever a group of politicians get together and promise to accomplish campaign promise ‘A’ at a later date, as long as you go along with Big Government policy ‘B’ it usually means that the campaign promise isn’t their priority.
While Republican leadership is adamant that a border wall would be part of the deal, you can bet that such security measures would be part of the second phase that they never quite get to.
Meanwhile, an amnesty, or amnesty-lite policy is passed into law that rewards breaking the law and does nothing to dissuade further illegal immigration.
Meadows has been a reliable champion of the conservative cause in his role as chairman of the House freedom Caucus, and also reportedly has the ear of President Trump. Here’s to hoping he can talk some sense into the Commander-in-Chief on this issue of this two-phase DACA deal so we don’t start the New Year by taking a giant step back in to the Swamp.