Top Democratic officials have quietly walked away from their threat to shut down the government if the GOP does not approve their “clean Dream Act” amnesty.
The amnesty 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 the 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.
The threat of a shutdown to win amnesty for illegals is very unpopular, according to a December 4 poll by Rasmussen.
“Just 27% agree with Senate Minority Whip [Sen.] Dick Durbin’s call for a government shutdown to force a congressional decision on the Dreamers question separate from the border security issue,” said Rasmussen Reports. “Twice as many (55%) oppose a government shutdown for this reason. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.”
The shutdown threat is backed by only 26 percent of blacks, 35 percent of Democrats, 21 percent of moderates, 37 percent of people who earn more than $200,000, 23 percent of post-graduates, and 31 percent of people who strongly disapprove of President Donald Trump’s policies.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted November 30 and December 3. The poll used the term “dreamer’ to refer to the 3 million illegals, not to the four million young Americans who will become adults this year.
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.