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Trump's immigration 'compromise' is a trick

Catherine Rampell on

EDITORS: Note nature of quoted material in penultimate graf.

WASHINGTON -- The White House's immigration plan is not a "compromise." It's not a "generous" deal for Democrats, and it's not full of "concessions." It's a sleight of hand designed to help the far right shove through sharp new limits on legal immigration, under the pretense of moderation and reasonableness.

Supposedly this immigration framework includes "concessions" to Democrats because it involves protections for "dreamers," the young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

But here's the thing: Nearly everyone, Democrat and Republican, wants to protect dreamers.

President Trump included.

"I love these kids," he said last February about beneficiaries of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered protections for dreamers who have no criminal record and are in school, have a high school diploma or have served in the military. At the same news conference, he pledged to deal with the issue with "great heart."

In another interview last year, he said dreamers "shouldn't be very worried," because he has a "big heart" that dictates, "We're going to take care of everybody."

Trump's big-hearted love-fest for dreamers continued even after, in September, he unilaterally put an expiration date on the DACA provisions that allowed them to remain legally in the only country they know.

"Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!" he tweeted.

Indeed, who does want to throw out these good, educated, accomplished people? The answer: almost no one.

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