President Trump is taking flak from Republicans for his suggested DACA compromise that would reportedly offer a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million children of illegal immigrants. That’s understandable, since he ran on a promise not to give citizenship to anyone who came here illegally, which includes even children brought by their parents without any control over the situation. But before Trump’s supporters get too angry, they should take a deep breath and watch the Democrats’ reaction. There’s a good chance they won’t grab this overly-generous offer – and some suspect that might have been the reason Trump offered it. It may not be a real deal, it might just be a rope-a-dope, and his opponents are just dopey enough to hog-tie themselves with it.
While those on the right think Trump is offering to give away the farm, the left is reacting as if he proposed putting Dreamers into Dachau. I’m not exaggerating. Anti-Trump liberals (even the ACLU) immediately began parroting the insane talking point that Trump’s proposal is based on “white supremacy” and is a “legislative burning cross.” No, seriously. Even the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, claimed that Trump’s offer was “outside the circle of civilized human behavior” and was a campaign to “make America white again.” She said it brought “a tear to the eye of the Statue of Liberty” (I knew Trump made Cory Booker cry "tears of rage," but now even the Statue of Liberty is weeping uncontrollably. Democrats don’t need a DACA bill, they need a Nuedexta prescription).
You can watch Rep. Pelosi’s meltdown at the link, along with her claim that no other country would send back hundreds of thousands of immigrants with their parents, conveniently glossing over the fact that if they were illegal immigrants, every other country would send them back.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News examined this wild "white supremacy" claim and couldn’t understand what in the world they’re talking about. Carlson pointed out that Trump is offering citizenship to 1.8 million people, more than the populations of 13 separate states. Obama was hailed for his compassion just for offering a renewable delay of deportation to 800,000. Almost none of the beneficiaries would be white. It also wouldn’t end chain migration, allowing hundreds of thousands of the beneficiaries’ relatives to come here. The #1 nation of origin for these new arrivals would be Mexico, followed by India, as well as Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh, China, the Dominican Republic and even 50,000 more from Haiti – but none from any European nations.
Carlson concluded that the “white supremacy” claim is not only false and poisonous, fostering hatred and racial division, but “in the history of dumb and dishonest Washington talking points, that might be the dumbest and most dishonest of all.”
So if Trump is going to get called a promise-breaker by Republicans and a Klansman by the Democrats (or worse, as they’ve been known to send Klansmen to the Senate for decades), why offer the deal? A few analysts who’ve studied Trump think he never expected the Dems to take the deal, that he offered it knowing they would have a race-baiting public meltdown and reject it, even though it was far more generous than what Obama proposed. With the midterm elections coming up and voters starting to pay attention, he’s doing a series of public moves to shatter the negative image the media has created (speeches, the televised congressional meeting, the triumphant Davos appearance and CNBC interview, the State of the Union Address, and now, offering a DACA compromise) while Democrats are behaving like over-caffeinated two-year-olds, screaming “racism” where it obviously doesn’t exist, and proving that they’d rather defy Trump than help the “DACA Dreamers.”
According to this plan, he would come out looking like a moderate statesman, the Democrats will look unhinged, and he doesn’t even have to compromise because he knew they would reject the deal because they reflexively attack everything he says or does. Art of the Deal!
So far, that’s just a theory. But if it wasn’t planned from the get-go, the Dems sure are acting as if they’re working off a script that Trump wrote for them.