It’s a rare sight to see the Democrats and the mainstream media win a messaging war as easily and as handily as they seem to have won the narrative on DACA.
The latest (disputed) reports have President Trump reaching out to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to strike a deal that would save the “dreamers” legislatively…and it’s not clear if the deal will do anything at all to further the president’s promised agenda. Certainly, as it stands now, these 800,000 or so illegal aliens will NOT be used as a bargaining chip for Wall funding. And that’s a real shame, because we may never have a better opportunity.
In truth, no conservative – nay, no American citizen – should mourn the end of this misbegotten executive order. You may or may not feel sympathy for the illegal youth who came here through no fault of their own, but that’s really beside the point. Let’s be very clear here – there are thousands if not millions of AMERICAN children who are suffering right now, ignored by the mainstream because they don’t fit a convenient political agenda.
It all comes back to a simple point: Before we start caring for the citizens of Mexico, we need to damn well make sure we care for everyone in our own country. That doesn’t mean handouts – it means jobs, opportunities, and true economic equality. The kind of economic equality that says, if you want it, it’s there. Go take it.
As it stands right now, there are things getting in the way of what has always been the ultimate American dream. And programs like DACA – while hardly the beginning and end of those obstacles – are certainly symbolic of the problem. Not only are these illegal immigrants taking up educational opportunities that belong, by birthright, to American youth, they have in many cases victimized American citizens through small-scale (but significant) identity theft. And for this theft, they have been rewarded with amnesty, work permits, a high-value education…the works! How the hell is that fair? How is that “right” under any meaningful ethical measurement? It’s preposterous, is what it is.
Now, because Americans have apparently gotten used to the idea of giving these “children” (don’t make us laugh) amnesty, we’re seeing a predictable but sad backlash to the idea of taking it away. It is extremely reminiscent of what we saw in the Obamacare fight, and it’s another lesson in “it’s easier to stop a bad government program BEFORE it begins than after.”
It would be good if we could finally take that lesson to heart.