Just a few days after I wrote a post detailing how it appears Trump is putting on an immigration show as part of his deal making strategy, the White House rolled out a brand new set of immigration positions as a basis to negotiate with “Chuck and Nancy.” To Trump supporters who’ve been with Trump because of immigration, they stink.
In exchange for 10- to 12-year path to citizenship for both DACA enrollees and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, estimated to be 1.8 million people, The White House wants:
25 Billion dollars for a border wall.
Restrict family chain migration to spouses and minor children.
Eliminate the visa lottery program.
To a Trump supporter, this is giving away the farm. Nobody was even talking about the 1.8 million possible DACA eligible populations before. Compared to what was being offered before, this is a major give on amnesty. If I were a Democrat I would have jumped on this deal quick before Stephen Miller could re-strengthen his hypnotic spell on Trump.
But I’m not a Democrat so instead of getting Trump’s John Hancock on the deal quickly, “Chuck and Nancy” rejected it out of hand, with Schumer stating that it flies in the face of what most Americans believe and Pelosi tweeting that the proposal was part of a “campaign to make America white again.”
What to make of this?
First, the Democrats are crazier than I thought. They have pushed themselves into such an extreme position on immigration that they can’t accept any deal with Trump, because they now philosophically cannot accept any restriction on immigration at all.
Second, it looks like Trump may have actually pushed them there. When I first heard of Trump’s immigration proposal, with a gigantic amnesty, I was not worried in the least. Don’t say that I can’t learn from experience. We’ve been here many times before and as I suspected, it seems it was just part of a negotiating strategy and wasn’t a real proposal.
Based on my four theories of how Trump negotiates, I find myself seeing elements less of a wrestling work, like the shutdown negotiations, and more a Scott Adams-esque 4D Chess maneuver. The proposal seemed deliberately written to be overly generous to the aspects of the immigration battle that Democrats publicly support (the poor DACA kids! The only country they’ve ever known!) with just a few touches that are either not well known by the public, or if they are, not well supported, like chain migration and the visa lottery program. Should be a win/win for the Democrats to accept the deal right?
But the visa lottery is popular with the Congressional Black Congress, although not with Black people in general. And chain migration is part of the long term Democratic plan to fill the country with unskilled, social services dependent foreigners, all running on automatic. Current family migration policies are worth far more towards that goal than 1.8 million amnesties; people who won’t be able to bring in their less skilled and non-English speaking relatives.
So with the absolutely best deal they would have ever gotten roundly rejected by the Democrats, I think this puts Trump in a much stronger position for negotiations. I’m anxious to see how this plays out.