The GOP establishment and White House congressional outreach aide Marc Short are trying to stampede President Donald Trump into an amnesty deal for millions of illegal aliens which discards at least two of the four pillars in the president’s “America First” immigration agenda.
The stampede strategy delivered for the Republican establishment because it allowed them to fund the government while also blocking implementation of Trump’s 2016 promises and his populist pro-American immigration policies — like reducing legal immigration and building a border wall.
The strategy is being used again to rush Trump into an immigration deal that shorts his populist base, aids GOP donors, and boosts his Never Trump enemies.
Trump’s four pillars of immigration reform call for a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, full funding for a border wall, ending the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and ending what’s known as “chain migration” where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.
Ryan’s amnesty deal may also allow DACA illegal aliens to bring their foreign parents to the U.S. through chain migration, a surge of legal immigration that would be upwards of 1.5 million foreign nationals arriving in the country.