'Legislative Burning Cross'
White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller - the same one labeled a "white supremacist" by Nancy Pelosi and several law professors - told GOP lawmakers Thursday afternoon something that sounded too good to be true: President Donald Trump will offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers.
As it turns out, it's not too good, it's exceptionally bad.
The proposal, first hinted at by the president Wednesday night, lead Breitbart to turn and call Trump "Amnesty Don."
They can take it back - the proposal has many horrific strings attached.
Among them, ending what Republicans like to call "chain migration," or, what in the real world is called, "keeping families together."
"Chain Migration" is an epithet. It was invented. The term is "family immigration" and it's the way America has literally always worked.â€” Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 25, 2018
The "pro-family" GOP actually hates keeping families together:
I'm actually hearing largely positive-ish reactions to the WH immigration proposal from Republicans on the Hill. One senior Senate GOP aide texts: "Mostly fine. Citizenship fine as long as you end chain migration."â€” Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) January 25, 2018
Meanwhile, immigration groups quickly came out and condemned Stephen Miller's plan, as did many activists and other progressives.
The ACLU did not mince words:
Stephen Miller has said that his proposal is 'extremely generous,' but the only community that benefits from this supposed generosity are white supremacists.â€” ACLU (@ACLU) January 25, 2018
The executive director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant advocacy group, says no way:
Trump's plan to protect young ppl from deportation includes separation of families & nativist policies. Let me be very clear: immigrant youth refuse to be used as bargaining chips for Stephen Miller to achieve his nativist wish list. The answer to this crisis = #DreamActNowâ€” Cristina Jimenez (@CrisAlexJimenez) January 25, 2018
Adam Jentleson, who served as Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Deputy Chief of Staff calls it "DOA" - dead on arrival - and says it's "laden with poison pills."
Early intel is that this is likely DOA with Hill Dems & advocates.â€” Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) January 25, 2018
It's laden with poison pills and seems designed to be rejected.
It would have been a very smart play by the WH *if* they had calibrated it correctly - but as usual, they miscalculated. https://t.co/N9eT7I5ycv
Eddie Vale, a vice president at a DC public affairs agency says the administration's proposal trades "dreamers for every item on the white supremacist wish list."
this is a "deal" to trade dreamers for every item on the white supremacist wish list to change the entire immigration system https://t.co/1ISQLRwrKAâ€” Eddie Vale (@evale72) January 25, 2018
CNN's Jim Acosta offers this insight:
Immigration advocates hammering WH proposal calling it "dead on arrival" and a "legislative burning cross."â€” Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 25, 2018
Former Clinton campaign communications official Matt Ortega illustrates what many are saying:
We go now live to the White House's immigration plan already burning in progress: pic.twitter.com/pDm81uOBlWâ€” Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) January 25, 2018
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