- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 11, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Trump has indicated that he is willing to discuss some sort of solution for illegal aliens who were granted temporary legal status under President Obama’s unilateral (and probably unconstitutional) DACA order. This solution should involve funding for a border wall as well as ending the visa lottery program and chain migration policies, the president has said. 

The DACA “solution” is presumed to be some level of legalization for the estimated 750,000 “DREAMers” who applied for the DACA program. Compared to the estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the country, the DACA amnesty is considered a relatively narrow focus in the grand scheme of things. 

But now there’s this…

Appearing on Mornings on the Mall on WMAL in Washington DC Tursday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah indicated that the president is now open to discussing additional amnesty for several other classes (if not all classes) of illegal aliens as a bargaining chip for additional immigration reforms. 

When asked by host Mary Walter what the White House will be able to negotiate with if they give in to Democrats on DACA, Shah said, “I think Democrats have a whole host of priorities on immigration reform. They want to see legal status for other individuals who have come into this country illegally. And that’s something the president is willing to talk about and willing to discuss.”

Co-host Vince Coglianese jumped right in and asked Shah to clarify this remark. He explained that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) “has been warning that trading DACA amnesty” would “lead to amnesties of any kind to be used as a bargaining chip in every other immigration battle going forward.” 

Coglianese asked Shah if he was saying that amnesty for other groups of illegal immigrants is now on the table? 

“What I’m saying is that a discussion about these issues is certainly on the table and the president wants to invite that discussion,” Shah confirmed. “You shouldn’t close the door on discussion in the future on other issues.” 

“Right now, we have several acute issue that have to be addressed. You can’t have DACA without border security, without visa lottery system reform and without an end to certain chain migration policies, ” Shah reaffirmed. 

Listen to the entire exchange right here: 

 

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