Breitbart just blew a gasket — but could it have been premature?
The right-wing news outlet responded to Thursday reports about an upcoming White House immigration proposal with a series of articles condemning President Trump’s alleged reversal on campaign promises to not provide amnesty to illegal aliens.
The proposal was crafted by White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.
Reportedly set to be fully unveiled next week, the plan would give roughly 800,000 “Dreamers” plus an additional 1.1 million illegal aliens a 10-12-year path to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion in border wall funding, an end to chain migration, and the elimination of the visa lottery program.
Under the White House proposal, the wall funds would be placed in a trust fund where they could not be touched by future Congresses.
Breitbart didn’t take well to the news, branding the president “Amnesty Don”–a nickname that trended on Twitter Friday.
In one article, Breitbart’s Neil Munro laid out a number of objections, including the concern that the plan’s immigration cuts would not take effect until 2027–by which time such policies could potentially be undone by a Democratic president and Congress.
“But the loopholes are huge — and those loopholes will flood the labor market for another decade, so helping Wall Street by cooling the current worker shortage which is now raising Americans’ wages,” Munro wrote.
“For example, the lottery program would be ended, but the 50,000 lottery visas per year would be given to other migrants, so doing nothing to reduce the wage-lowering inflow of cheap labor.
“More importantly, chain-migration would formally end immediately, but everyone on the huge waiting list would be allowed into the United States. That pipeline of pending chain-migration immigrants includes roughly 4 million people — many of whom will depend on taxpayer funds because they are either unskilled or too old to work. That population is enough to keep the chain-migration pipeline open for another ten years, which means the public only gains a benefit if the alliance of business groups and progressives somehow fails to expand other areas of the immigration system during the next ten years.”
Another Breitbart piece quoted a House Republican as saying “This is the beginning of the end of the GOP majority in the House,” suggesting Republican voters would be less likely to support the party in the 2018 midterms if an amnesty is passed.
In yet another article, Breitbart reminded readers of President Trump’s 2016 campaign pledge to not consider amnesty until “illegal immigration is a memory of the past.”
A number of Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have also criticized the proposal. Warren, scoffing at the anticipated cuts to chain migration, called the plan “insulting.”
By ending DACA, @realdonaldtrump subjected 800k Dreamers to deportation. Now he wants to hold them hostage to Steven Miller’s anti-immigrant wish list. It’s insulting. We already have a bipartisan solution to the Trump-created crisis: it’s called the Dream Act. #DreamActNow
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 25, 2018
Trump allies Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), authors of the RAISE Act legislation that would cut legal immigration levels in half, praised the White House proposal.
The White House framework is something that both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate should be eager to support. We all want a good deal, and here it is. #gapol
— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) January 25, 2018
There is also a school of thought among many of Trump supporters, that the proposal is merely a step in the president’s skillful negotiation process.
President Trump’s recent wins on tax reform and the “Schumer Shutdown” have given his supporters the belief that it’s all part of the bigger picture:
In other words, some of Trump’s biggest backers say it’s too soon to flip out over the DACA proposal.
Wishful thinking on behalf of Trump supporters? Time will tell. One thing’s for certain, news changes quickly in Trump’s America.