Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hint: What ever Lindsay Graham says, the White House and GOP should do the opposite.  

There’s speculation in liberal Twitterland that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is not going to live up to his promise to bring legalization forward for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But why wouldn’t he? There is no way to pass — no way to get 60 Senate votes for — an immigration bill that includes the reforms to the system President Trump proposes (the wall, an end to chain migration and visa lottery, E-Verify, switching extended-family-reunification or chain-migration slots to skill-based). The only way to get such a bill is to use the leverage Trump enjoys by being willing to let the DACA executive order lapse without such a bill. What exactly can be negotiated remains to be seen. But McConnell has reason to bring forward such a bill, and he will have the leverage Trump supplied by extending the DACA executive order only until March 5. The pressure will be on Democrats, not Republicans, to agree to something before that.
Republicans need to hold fast. If they do, they win. Democrats must save DACA.  Trump must get the wall funded, end chain migration and the visa lottery, and get E-verify.  Allah below thinks Trump will give in when he gets the wall (and I get he needs the wall) but he also really needs to mitigate this DACA compromise and roll bad chain migration, and I would go for E-verify too.  Go for it all. 

AoSHQ/J.J. Sefton: Schumer Shutdown collapse

Political Clown Parade: Did Schumer just bend the knee?

Wombat: Twitchy: Dan Bongino Slams Those Who Defend “Dreamers” Over Americans, Don Surber: Mexico Is Paying For The Wall, also, Who’s Complicit Now, Democrats?

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