An immigration reduction advocate says her group has no choice but to oppose what is being suggested as the White House "framework" for what they describe as a "mass amnesty."
The White House is calling for amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants, known as DREAMers, who were brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents as children. That's more than the 690,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program started by then-President Barack Obama.
Rosemary Jenks, director of government affairs at NumbersUSA, told a national radio audience on Monday she doesn't understand why Trump – who campaigned on ending DACA and shutting down the border – would introduce such a plan.
"I was just floored. It undercuts the Goodlatte bill in the House," she said on American Family Radio. "It means that this is the starting point, and it can only go further left from here. It's only going to get worse. The Democrats are not accepting his plan."
Jenks argues that at this point the best win for the president would to just walk away from the deal – as he advised in his book The Art of the Deal.
"President Trump wrote about how when you go into a negotiation, the most important thing is that you're willing to walk away from it – and he needs to walk away from this," she told radio host Sandy Rios. "The White House needs to walk away from this plan."
Jenks says under the White House framework, DREAMers would get immediate benefits including, most importantly, the right to compete with Americans in the permanent job market. But vulnerable American workers, says the group, would get little or no relief from the competition of chain migration for 15 to 20 years – even if new applications were stopped immediately.