An immigration enforcement activist says President Trump needs to follow through on his campaign promise to end DACA – not negotiate with Chuck Schumer on how to keep it alive.
On Wednesday, the president said he's open to an immigration plan that would provide a several-years-long pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and are now here illegally. On Thursday, the White House unveiled that plan. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an Obama-era program that was never approved by Congress. Trump now wants Congress to fix it.
Manchin agrees w/ Trump on wall 'in certain places'
During a recent interview on the Fox News Channel, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III said he's onboard with Trump's border wall plan, despite the recent reversal of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on the issue.
"[The wall is] all rhetoric right now; the president has said he wants a wall," he stated. "First of all, if we didn't need a wall, I would say Well, that's not right because the experts tell me we don't need it. [But] we do need a wall in certain places; we need a wall – and I think the president has acknowledged that."
Senator Schumer "will come around," Manchin continued. "He will call it 'border security,' someone will call it 'a wall.' Whatever it is, we're going to do it. We're going to do what it takes to secure our country, I can assure you."
Manchin said he always tries to vote independently, chiefly considering what is best for the Mountaineer State. And he thinks that Trump should implement an increase in border officers, technology, and postal service security measures.
The latest announcement follows the president firing back at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for withdrawing an offer to boost funding for the president's proposed border wall. Trump has said if there is no wall, there is no DACA. (See sidebar)
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, says one of two things will happen if Congress passes any legislation involving amnesty: "Either the enforcement language will disappear and amnesty passes on its own – or the bill passes with the amnesty component and the enforcement provisions."
He sees a problem with both scenarios.
"All the enforcement provisions barely get enforced or don't get enforced at all – but the amnesty happens to a factor of three to five," he explains. "So you end up with the amnesty in the bill applied to five times the numbers [of people] you were told, and then none of the enforcement stuff happens."
He argues that then effectively "derails" Americans who wanted the borders secured and immigration laws enforced – and gives the Democrats exactly what they wanted.
"[As a result], the Democrats [would then] have enough new socialist voters to take full control of all U.S. elections, all U.S. laws, and branches of U.S. government for evermore. So you fell for it, suckers," he concludes.
Gheen maintains that once Trump signs any kind of amnesty bill, there will be no turning back.