Republicans and President Trump are treading on thin ice with their immigration reform proposals. While many of the reforms are good, it’s the cavalier and lackadaisical attitude emanating from the president and Republicans that’s troubling.
After talking up such a big game on immigration, which is what got him elected, it’s finally time for Trump to deliver on his promises. But during a meeting on the issue Tuesday, the president revealed that he’s counting on Congress to get a bill on his desk, rather than taking charge of the issue himself. One prominent conservative has a huge problem with this strategy precisely because it goes against everything that’s been said since the early in the campaign.
As reported at Breitbart, on Tuesday, fiery conservative radio host Mark Levin tore into Trump and the GOP for what he believes is their complete capitulation on immigration. Specifically, Levin targeted Trump’s surprising comments to the leftist Democrat Chuck Schumer, which indicated he’s willing to sign whatever makes it to his desk, effectively leaving it up to the feckless GOP to win at the negotiating table.
“That’s no ‘Art of the Deal,‘” Levin said. “That’s complete surrender. Now, I suspect the president will realize that and try to walk some of that back, but that is very bad. And he did it in front of the media. He did it in front of the Democrats. The whole world heard it. Just give me something, and I’ll sign it. Are you kidding me? That’s what he said. I didn’t say it. That’s what the president said.”
Levin also said he “saw two parties united against us” on comprehensive immigration reform due to what was said during the bipartisan meeting.
“If we do get anything beneficial out of whatever this deal is going to be it’s going to be because starting today, you raise your voices,” stated Mark Levin. “You voice your concerns. Not because you sit back and smile, ‘Oh, “Art of the Deal.”’ No! No. No. We’re losing our country.”
The Trump administration has begun spouting some of the Left’s talking points when discussing the bill and how it will affect DACA recipients. The White House said the reform bill must be “a bill of love,” aka continue granting DACA folks special exemptions if not amnesty.
Levin was livid on his Tuesday program, lamenting the drastic change in tone coming from the Trump team. He also highlighted how progressives have consistently won on this issue, and that their victories have slowly eroded the foundation of America,
“It started in 1965, like I said, with the Hart-Celler Act. I’m going to walk us through this. 1982, we had a Supreme Court decision out of the blue that ordered that illegal alien children have a right to public school education. Where did that come from? Nowhere.”
He added, “And then one federal case after another, mainstreaming illegal immigrants, mainstreaming legal immigrants where states had not mainstreamed them before.We have now reached a point where we can’t even discuss this issue, where when you talk about deporting people who have violated our law you’re called: inhumane, xenophobic, lacking compassion, a racist. We can’t even discuss it anymore. And the demographics are turning on us. 50 years of this has worked. The progressives, once again, in another area of public life, have destroyed institutions.”
Levin and conservatives are right to be worried. This was always a possibility, that Trump would go easy once he truly faced crunch time on immigration. Adding to that, we have the amnesty-infatuated GOP, which is more than willing to “work” with the Left on the issue (i.e. capitulate), despite pleas from their base for years to push a Trump-like agenda.
No other Republican has talked about immigration the way Trump has, nor seemed at all bold enough to pursue legitimate reforms. If he chickens out now, then the ball is entirely in the GOP’s court, which about as unreliable place it could be.