Comrade Racist unveiled its new immigration framework, which Pee-Wee Hermann Goering said will save 1.8 million DREAMers in exchange for $25 billion dollars for increased border security. So that’s the current hostage exchange rate? That’s like $14K* Ameros per hostage! I don’t think that the bad guys in the Die Hard movies would even try that.
The proposal also limits legal forms of immigration, like the diversity visa lottery program, and excludes immigrants from sponsoring family members; sorry, not sorry. (Inline update: TPM has a pretty great analysis of what’s in the framework, and it is WORSE than I thought: “The core of Trump’s reform is a dramatic reduction of legal immigration and changes which change the ethnic and racial makeup of the immigration which continues.”)
So why is Pee-Wee’s picture up top? You see, his constituency of knuckle-dragging racists and white nationalists hate the framework, too: it’s not mean enough and they told him so.
(CNN)A call about the White House’s newly released immigration plan between Stephen Miller, the conservative White House adviser who has been spearheading the West Wing’s immigration push, and representatives of hardline immigration groups grew heated Thursday, multiple sources tell CNN…
…The call grew contentious, some of the sources said, when Miller began to solicit input from the conservative immigration groups, many of which have long advocated restrictions on legal immigration and no amnesty for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. For the hardline groups, the main issue is that the “amnesty” — the citizenship for 1.8 million people — is not offset by corresponding cuts to the legal immigration system…
“It’s a letdown because if this were the end result after fighting in Congress and you had to either take this or nothing, I don’t know, I can’t say that I would definitely say no,” he said. “But to start with something like this is absurd.”
He added: “I am starting to think not only did the President not write the ‘Art of the Deal,’ I am thinking he didn’t even read the book.”
So, let’s do the math… carry the two… it’s dead. The Dims won’t go for it, and the New Confederacy won’t go for it. The Dims might now realize that they MUST attach this to must-pass legislation, because this will never pass as a stand-alone bill. February 8 is running at us full-force.
Prediction: there will be ANOTHER Continuing Resolution into March. Saving the Dreamers is going to go right up to the final date, it’s an Apprentice-style cliff-hanger.
*Hat tip: Scissorhead Mattyboy. My calculator ran outta zeroes. Need to stock up.