Lobbyist Admits ‘Dreamer’ Amnesty Hopes Fading

Neil Munro

Business groups are revving up their efforts to jam through a huge amnesty for at least 3 million illegals this Christmas, but are lowering their hope for success amid clear opposition from voters and from GOP leaders.

A Nov. 27 report by the McClatchy news service included an admission by an amnesty proponent that the push for a December amnesty is losing ground:

“Two months have now passed, and I’m sad to report that we’re arguably further away from a solution today than we were then,” said Neil Bradley, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief policy officer.

The McClatchy article was headlined “As Dreamers’ 2017 prospects fade, supporters mount huge push.”

The term ‘dreamers” is used by business and media outlets to describe the roughly 3 million illegal immigrant adults who choose to stay in the United States despite their having been brought illegally into the United States by their illegal immigrant parents. The category includes the 690,000 people with ”DACA” work-permits but does not refer to young Americans who might have their own dreams.

Bradley’s negative quote was accompanied by another pessimistic quote from the billionaire-founded New American Economy lobbying group.

“People are throwing everything at the wall because they see this as the moment,” said Jeremy Robbins, executive director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, which is working with Republicans and Democrats who support protecting DACA recipients.

The GOP ‘s leadership in the White House, the House, and the Senate have repeatedly said they will not include an amnesty in the December budget package but will offer immigration proposals early in the new year. Also, Democrats have refused to negotiate the issue, even though President Donald Trump has offered to accept a deal that includes his popular pro-American immigration principles.

The business push for amnesty will feature a made-for-TV “war room” in Congress, funded by Robbins’ group. According to McClatchy:

The room will include video monitors of interactive maps with data from all 435 congressional districts and live feeds to coordinated rallies in dozens of major cities across the country, including Miami, Raleigh, Sacramento, Kansas City and Boise, among others.

Senate Republicans such as North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who have introduced bills to protect Dreamers, have recorded videos in support of the effort.

Several GOP Senators are promoting amnesty bills, including Tillis — who is a strong supporter of outsourcing — and Lankford, who told reporters on September 25 that illegal immigrants are good workplace competitors against Americans voters:

The job issue is an interesting issue, because those individuals are already in the job market. Many of these DACA students are actually DACA young adults, they already have access to the job market right now because they’ve been given deferred action. So they are in higher education, they are in the job market, they are currently a part of our economy, currently. That continual competition in our economy doesn’t hurt us, that continues to help us. It actually hurts us to put those individuals out of the economy.


Robbins’ group is also organizing a December 6 “virtual march” on D.C.

Democratic legislators are also stepping up their amnesty push in the media, even as top party leaders shift their rhetoric to health-care and tax issues. To boost their media coverage of their demand for amnesty, Democrats are using GOP politicians to generate headlines about possible government shutdown if the GOP refuses to OK the Democrats’ ‘Dream Act’ amnesty for roughly 3 million illegals — plus millions of their chain-migration relatives who are now living in their homelands.

On CNN’s November 26 Sunday show, for example, host Dana Bash asked top-ranking Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin if the amnesty disagreement would block the 2018 funding bill. The question allowed Durbin to weakly suggest that Democratic leaders would shut down the federal government if they do not get amnesty:

BASH: Will that be a demand? Will you demand that that gets done in order to get your vote on funding the government?

DURBIN: Let me tell you, I’m not prepared to go home for the holidays until we get our work done.

BASH: Is that a yes?

DURBIN: I will just leave it at that.

Bash then turned to pro-amnesty GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who offered Bash a  less-vague threat of a government shutdown.

BASH: … Senator Graham, do you think a government shutdown is possible over this DACA issue?

GRAHAM: In Congress, anything’s possible.

“They are making Graham the stalking horse” for a supposed threat of a government shutdown, said a Hill source. The tactic allows Democrats to reach for an amnesty while pinning the blame for any shutdown on Graham, the source said. The -Graham-shutdown-if-not-amnesty threat is a “win-win [for Democrats because] they get all the gain if it is a success, and if it is not, they get none of the blame.”

The Democrats’ refusal to openly threaten a shutdown makes political sense.

The industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants, but the alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy. That political power of that fairness priority was made clear in during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016.

Also, an amnesty for young illegals is a “top priority” for only 23 percent of American voters who identify as Independents, says a poll by Morning Consult and Politico. The no-strings amnesty was strongly opposed by 16 percent in the November survey, and likely by many of the 23 percent of people who say they have no comment or don’t know.

The drop in support for the young illegals comes as a new report shows that only 1.7 percent of the ‘dreamers’ illegals have four-year college degrees. That rate is one-tenth of the 17 percent rate among Americans, and it ensures that nearly all of the migrants will rely on government aid — and on Democratic Party aid policies — during their lifetimes.

Each year, four million Americans turn 18 and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing almost 2 million work-permits to foreigners, by providing work-visas to roughly 500,000 temporary workers and doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor and spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also encourages discrimination against American workers, drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.




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