Top Democratic officials have quietly walked away from their threat to shut down the government if the GOP does not approve a “clean Dream Act.”
The retreat was announced in the Monday statement from Democratic leaders agreeing to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday:
We must also come together on a bipartisan deal to pass the DREAM Act long with tough border security measures. There is a bipartisan path forward.
In prior statements, the Democrats demanded GOP approval for an amnesty for 30 million illegals, without any safeguards or offsets for American people.
Democratic leaders and their amnesty advocates have consistently rejected any offsets, such as reductions in chain-migration, and any safeguards, such as funding for a border wall and mandatory use of “E-Verify system by company recruitment officers.
The hardline amnesty position is driven by the Democrats’ strategic reliance on immigrant voters — many of whom rely on government aid — to counter the electoral power of President Donald Trump’s pro-American, populist policies.
The Democrats’ proposed Dream Act amnesty would provide green cards for three million younger illegal immigrants including the 690,000 current DACA beneficiaries. Without offsets, it would allow the new migrants to get a huge variety of taxpayer aid, such as Obamacare.
It would also allow them to bring in millions of subsequent chain-migration arrivals — regardless of age and skills, ideology and education — and would encourage another wave of illegal migrants to smuggle their children into the United States.
GOP leaders have repeatedly said they will not include an amnesty in the 2018 budget.
However, GOP leaders have offered to make a deal in the new year, which would trade some form of amnesty for some number of illegal immigrants, in exchange for a series of benefits for Americans, including an end to chain migration.