According to a Thursday story in the Hill, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is trying to amend the funding package now pending in Congress to deal with the border crisis by cutting off funding for “new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which forestalls the threat of deportation for some people who illegally came to the country as children before 2007.” The measure would also stop the government from authorizing anyone to work who was not legally admitted to the United States. The move has caused outrage among Democrats.
Cruz and others have been blaming President Obama’s unilateral order to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants who entered the country as minor children for the recent flood of illegal immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently pronounced the border to be “secure” denounced the proposal, claiming that the illegal immigrant children were in the country “legitimately.” He claimed that the Republicans were not offering substantive solutions.
Hot Air reports that the politics of illegal immigration have become somewhat more complicated. A recent PEW poll suggests that a solid majority of Americans would like to see the illegal immigrants who recently surged into the country to be deported forthwith. However majorities would also like to see illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a while be given a path to legal status of some sort.
This somewhat mixed signal may be why Democrats such as Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are digging in their heels. Softness on illegal immigration may be a political loser in the short term and will likely help lose the Senate. But the Senate is likely lost to the Republicans anyway. Democrats are likely betting that amnesty of some sort is a winner in the long run. Besides, the vision of millions of new Democratic voters is just too beguiling to give up on.