Washington, DC – President Donald Trump has done something that’s eluded the Republican Party for almost a decade – he’s outlined the possibility of broad immigration reform – a painfully fractious issue which will never be resolved to the complete satisfaction of the diverse positions of Americans. Almost every American has a view on immigration and almost everyone is right, which is why the fact that President Trump’s plan is being criticized by the extreme wing of the GOP should be taken as a sign of hope for bipartisan discussion. President Trump, despite what the mainstream media would have us believe has always been about unity – specifically the unity of this great nation and although Democrats should treat his immigration framework with the respect it deserves, their partisan resistance has done no more than paralyzed their ability to put the needs of American before those of their own party.
President Trump’s US$25 billion border wall plan is cheap compared to the hundreds of billions lost every year through the illicit trade in drugs, smuggling and welfare fraud. Not to mention the decay and destruction of future generations of Americans through the effects of these cross-border criminal activities. President Trump’s curbs on asylum seekers is also welcome – considering the shocking numbers who have used asylum as a guise with which to carry out terrorist attacks within our own borders. But it is the proposal to advance 700,000 so-called Dreamers on a path for potential citizenship that is the best political gambit which he has played thus far. Long decried by extremists in the GOP as a travesty, these saber-rattlers have failed to see the point of President Trump’s “citizenship path.” Just like any other path, it may not be smooth and it people on the path may get waylaid. The path may be strewn with rocks or fall into disrepair. The intention behind President Trump’s “citizenship path” for Dreamers is brilliant because it leads to finality and certainty – when Dreamers fail their path to citizenship, which many are inevitably bound to do, they can be deported safely once and for all and the Border Wall will keep them out.
President Trump’s suggested limitations on family sponsorships of immigrants echo the recommendations of earlier blue-ribbon commissions and are what Americans have wanted for decades. The end of the diversity-visa lottery program is long overdue – unless you’re a believer in relationship bingo. Would you roll the dice for your children’s future?
On the whole, President Trump’s immigration framework is well thought-out and the move to tilt the balance away from family sponsorships to economic criteria ensures that the U.S. is not receiving one economically productive member of society but simultaneously burdening itself with ten other non-productive members – the U.S. is not a lifeboat.
A good-faith bipartisan effort could fix immigration once and for all, but with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her ilk still running riot on Capitol Hill – that level of maturity is sorely wanting. It seems that for every step President Trump takes towards fixing something in this country, the Democrats are quite content to break something else and cry foul – as Americans we deserve better from our elected representatives, Republican or Democrat. President Trump is doing his job, perhaps it’s time Congress does its job as well.