The Deal on Immigration – Only Republicans Can Win

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by Mark Angelides

With only a few months to go before the president begins winding down the DACA program, lawmakers are looking for a deal that will not only make them look good to their voter base, but one that will help them in the all important 2018 elections. Unfortunately for the Democrats they can, at best, only gain a short-term victory at the expense of long-term losses.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will stay in place until March, after that, it is suspected that it will be fully withdrawn, leaving over 700,000 recipients with an unclear position on their immigration status. So lawmakers are working together to put legislation in place. But what are the goals behind the bluster and sound bites?
The Republicans want to firstly look tough on immigration. This appeals to their voter base and is a clear vote winner among Trump supporters. But they are, as ever, still in thrall to big-business and the corporate world’s hunger for masses of low-skilled immigrant workers.
The Democrats are all about image on this issue. They want to appear “more caring” than the Republicans whilst at the same time shoring up the migrant vote share both now and in the future.
The problem is that there is no way for the Democrats to come out on top. In this situation, it is only the GOP that has the possibility of a win-win outcome.
If the Republicans get “hard-line” and make demands that massively overhaul the immigration system, they will either succeed and be hailed as heroes, or get voted down and can blame the Democrats for either not protecting “Dreamers” for partisan reasons, or blame them for not protecting American citizens’ opportunity to get gainful employment.
Should they make concessions, they can be hailed as deal makers who put compassion before politics if it passes, or they can make the Dems out to be unreasonable for not acceding. Either way they win.
The Democrats on the other hand, will either end up giving something away in terms of future migrants (thus ruining their image as the pro-migration party), or losing out on the whole deal by refusing the GOP’s terms and endangering the immigration status of “Dreamers.” It is difficult to see how they can make this a positive outcome.
Here is, of course, a third possibility. It could be argued that the Republicans have no real interest in “winning” against the Democrats because their agendas (at the higher level) are exactly the same. If this is the case (and I know it sounds somewhat conspiratorial), then the GOP will simply not ask for anything of importance. They will speak to the press and talk of difficult compromises, but if there is very little asked for, then it would appear that this “3rd way” is the culprit.

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10 thoughts on “The Deal on Immigration – Only Republicans Can Win

  1. 1. BUILD THE WALL
    2. Pass and implement the RAISE act
    3. Expel all criminals and freeloading illegals, expel all the Visa overstays ( up to 40% of total illegals)
    4. Absolutely no citizenship or benefits for illegal aliens adults for their illegal activity (Title 8)
    5. Implement E-verify immediately

  2. Hamilton’s Rule. Google it. People are hard wired to – care for, defend, and breed with those who look, and act like they do
    This is an absolute. END of discussion.
    Every instance to the contrary is but a mini step away from millions of years of hard wiring necessary to survival.
    You look like me? – good. You don’t look like me or act like me? – enemy.
    A hundred years of multi cultural experimentation has been a colossal failure. Western media ignores ethnocentric governance throughout Latin America and Asia – and denies the growing backlash of White Western Europeans against forced migration by invading Africans and Muslims.
    The tide is in favor of racial and ethnic retrenchment. Minorities in any country will have to assume a deferential posture – integrate and assume the costume and character of their hosts – or perish.
    Leftists and Postmodernists are beating a very dead horse.
    the best bet for Latinos is to self deport and use the skills and education they received in a SUPERIOR culture.. to elevate their own.

    • and to prevent a cultural overwrite, by irresponsible procreation; make it known that YOU have to pay for your kids to go to the government’s schools.
      Mexican illegal aliens won’t be having 3-5 children, who then expect/demand “free” education, and the cherry on top-not in the American English language.
      and the muslim hordes that the deep state wants to bring in, ups the ante to 6-9 kids.

  3. Uphold the 14th Amendment. The offspring of foreign nationals born on US soil are NOT US citizens by virtue of being born here.
    That means there will be no “breaking up of families” if we deport adult age illegal aliens-because ALL of their kids are going with them.
    Legal immigration should decrease from 1,000,000 per year to 25,000 (at most)
    Diversity amongst nations, not within them. (we can have variations upon a theme regarding freedom & self-determination)
    The US can not accept people from nearly the opposite side of the planet, who don’t speak the language, and make them indefinite refugees. Send them home.

  4. It’s all a matter of how well everyone controls the press.
    If they report the truth on the issue, it’s a likely Republican win.
    If they keep framing it as “Anyone who is against illegal immigration is a racist. Republicans are trying to kill all immigrants, even legal ones, because they’re unfair and immigrants tend to vote Democrat. Immigrants have nowhere else to go.” and people believe it, Democrats (or rather Hitleryites – not every Democrat is bad) will win big on the issue.

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