It was announced yesterday that President Trump might be considering bills proposed by the left that would allow immigrants to stay in the United States.
Trump may be taking a step back from his hard line promises on immigration. “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides,” Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House.
The bill may be a compromise with democrats that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay, live, and work in the US. The president is seriously considering illegal immigrants who have not committed any serious crimes to have legal residence.
“I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security and to restore respect for our laws,” Trump told lawmakers. “If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.”
He remained sure of his policies on extreme vetting, and continuing to deport violent criminals.
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The actual details of any proposal are vital because every faction in the huge political dispute over imported wage-cutting labor says they want a compromise.
In 2013, for example, the eight senators who drafted the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill claimed their bill was a compromise — even though it would have gutted sanctions for low-wage employers, granted an open-ended amnesty to millions of illegals, increased the inflow of refugees, and doubled the annual inflow of legal immigrants to roughly 2 million per year.
Pro-American reformers have pushed their own compromises, which include an amnesty for the 11 million-plus illegals in the nation in exchange for sharp reductions in annual legal immigration plus self-enforcing rules to sanction employers who hire illegal immigrants.
That’s the wage-boosting trade-off supported by Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who notes that any overhaul of immigration law requires some purchased support from some pro-immigration Democrats.
In his winning 2016 campaign, Donald Trump won huge public support because of his opposition to amnesty and to cheap-labor policies, and because of his promise to “buy American and hire American.”
In one 2016 speech, he urged a cutback in legal immigration to historical norms. He also called for a temporary pause in legal immigration, while repeating his promise for a wall that would stop illegal immigration. In August 2015, his policy paper declared:
We need to control the admission of new low-earning workers in order to: help wages grow, get teenagers back to work, aid minorities’ rise into the middle class, help schools and communities falling behind, and to ensure our immigrant members of the national family become part of the American dream.
On Feb. 9, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president is still opposed to the 2013 “Gang of Eight” bill.
But if Trump were to reverse his election-winning pro-American policies, he’d likely face severe political problems in 2018 and 2020.
According to CNN,
“It has to be a negotiation,” the official said, arguing that the bill theoretically could make people on both the “far right” and “far left” happy.
“It could be good for everyone,” the senior administration official said. “People are exhausted” from debating the topic.
Any immigration reductions would be a strategic problem for Democrats because they are hoping that the rising tide of immigrant voters will bring them into power. Any reduction is also a problem for Wall Street investors because their stock-market calculations assume a growing population of welfare-supported immigrant consumers.