At a press conference on Thursday, incoming (likely) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi essentially admitted that the fate of millions of illegal immigrants living under the protection of Obama’s deferred action order was not as important to her as blocking President Trump’s signature campaign promise. Speaking to reporters, Pelosi said that codifying DACA into law and funding the border wall were “two different subjects,” and that she would not agree to any legislative deal that hinged one on the other.
Pelosi said that most Democrats in her caucus see the wall as “immoral, ineffective, and expensive,” and she reminded reporters that President Trump had promised to make Mexico pay for it. Even if that were to happen, however, she said, “it’s immoral still.” After saying all that, she pledged a commitment to protecting American borders, saying it was a “responsibility we honor, but we do so by honoring our values as well.”
Strangely, no chuckles of disbelief were heard among the press pool.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are urging Pelosi to push for DACA protections, but they are also warning her that if she gives away any concessions on wall funding, she could lose their support when it comes time to vote for the next House Speaker.
“I know Nancy needs all the support she can get right now,” said Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX). “If they give away border-wall funding, I think there would be an effect on how the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would feel come Jan. 3. She should be very concerned that members of the CHC don’t abandon her Jan. 3 and I’m hoping she doesn’t abandon us while she’s negotiating this next budget.”
Proving that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus also does not give a damn about protecting Dreamers.
It is a point beyond dispute that President Trump will not, cannot, and must not sign any amnesty bill that does not include full and complete funding for the promised wall. In fact, even that may not be enough to make up for such a disastrous giveaway to illegal immigrants. That’s why his administration insisted that legislation ending chain migration and the diversity visa lottery be included as well when negotiations on this matter were heating up earlier this year.
It’s up to the Democrats to prove to the Dreamers how much they really care about protecting them. Strangely, they feel they have some kind of leverage here, and that they can force Trump’s hand to sign the bill. They seem to believe there is some political juice here that will help them in 2020. We can’t emphasize enough how wrong they are.