An immigration reform activist makes the case that President Trump's announcement rescinding an Obama-era immigration program could very well play right into the Democrats' hands.
On Tuesday, Trump fulfilled a campaign promise when his administration announced it is ending the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allowed nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to be shielded from deportation.
The Obama administration created the DACA program in 2012 and was roundly criticized by many Republicans who viewed it as executive overreach. But only Congress can make immigration law, and Trump has delayed the revocation of the Obama program for six months.
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, says the six-month extension of DACA is a horrible idea.
"While Congress failed to repeal ObamaCare, has failed to give us tax cuts yet or get construction started on the wall, we now have to fight amnesty because Trump has passed the ball to Congress, asking them to do something," Gheen laments.
"There are clearly enough votes with enough RINO Republicans voting with the Democrats – although a minority of Republicans – that certainly do not reflect the will of the American public as a whole."
Gheen contends it won't end with just the legalization of DACA recipients. "If amnesty for the DACA illegal alien DREAMers passes, they will use that as a strong lever to pass amnesty for all illegal immigrants – which will then give socialist Democrats permanent control of U.S. elections forevermore."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in making the announcement yesterday regarding DACA, called the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority."
My fears are more legitimate than yours
"Fear" is a word often heard in discussions about immigration. Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the word has different connotations depending on who it is being applied to – and that clearly some individuals are entitled to their fears while others are not.
"When illegal aliens are somehow concerned that the law might be enforced against them, we are told we have to be sympathetic to them because they're living in fear, they're living in the shadows; that we have to feel sorry and simply let the fact go that they have broken the law."
But at the same time, says Mehlman, elites use the word "fear" to denigrate the concerns of the American people.
"The American people who want our immigration laws enforced are [accused of] just operating on base emotions, on the most primitive emotion of fear," he describes. "They're [considered by elites to be] irrational, and therefore their concerns are not deserving of consideration by the elites.
"So it is a word that is being used in a way that kind of tilts the scale in favor of the people who violate laws and ... to simply disregard the legitimate concerns of the American people."
Mehlman points out that throughout history, demagogues have used language to control the way people think.