Immigration Expert Thought Latest ‘Gang of Six’ DACA ‘Compromise’ Was a Joke

On 'The Ingraham Angle,' think tank leader Mark Krikorian said Sens. Durbin, Flake and Graham all must think Trump is a 'moron'

by Brendan Kirby | Updated 12 Jan 2018 at 6:38 AM

As the details of the so-called Gang of Six’s immigration proposal emerged Thursday, they were so bad that the head of a Washington think tank could not even believe they were real.

That proposal, offered by half of the gang — Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — calls for granting permanent residency to a broad group of young adult illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to America as children, the so-called dreamers covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

It would take 50,000 green cards awarded randomly each year and give half to immigrants chosen on merit from those same countries — and half to foreigners who have been living in America under a program called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) following emergencies that struck their home countries.

The senators also proposed funding about 10 percent of President Donald Trump’s border-wall construction proposal. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on “The Ingraham Angle,” Thursday night on Fox News, that the most insulting part of the proposal is that the parents of the young adults getting amnesty would be able to get quasi-legal status for rolling three-year periods.

Krikorian said that the moral argument on behalf of the dreamers is that they played no role in the decision to violate immigration law.

“Well, this bill amnesties their parents, too, who didn’t come as children, who brought them here,” he said. “I thought it was a joke at first, I have to admit. I did not think it was serious.”

Trump reportedly sent the senators away with instructions to keep working. Krikorian said it is hard to fathom how they thought Trump would be receptive to the proposal.

“It really seemed to me almost consciously contemptuous of what the president wanted to do … I think they really think that he is a moron and think they can push him around,” he said.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that it is strange that Trump critic Flake took the lead in announcing the supposed deal.

“You could not have had a worse messenger for that deal than Jeff Flake, for starters,” Swan said.

Ingraham labeled the proposal a “complete and utter joke” and said she is glad “the president is not budging.”

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, also a guest on the show, said the November 2016 presidential election should have settled the immigration issue.

“These politicians, they’re like drug addicts,” she said. “I don’t know what the American people have to do. Three times, Congress has tried to slip through amnesty in the last 10 years in the dead of night. Lucky, now people are paying attention.”

Ingraham labeled the proposal a “complete and utter joke” and said she is glad “the president is not budging.”

She also noted that family-based immigration flows actually would increase as a result of the plan.

“It would increase chain migration, violating one of the president’s non-negotiables,” she said.

The plan’s offer of $2.3 billion for security — $1.6 billion of which would go toward a wall along the Mexican border — is a “pittance” that would achieve little.

“What are they supposed to build the wall with, Styrofoam?” Ingraham asked.

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Noting that immigration negotiations always seem to go the same way, Ingraham said, “Guess what, we’re not Charlie Brown and you’re not Lucy.”

Trump’s comments earlier in the week alarmed immigration hawks, who feared he seemed willing to legalize DACA without demanding too much in return. But Krikorian said Trump has Everyman impulses.

“The way I think of it is that he’s sort of the man on the street on immigration,” he said. “He’s in the White House, but his views and his instincts are the man in the street.”

PoliZette senior writer Brendan Kirby can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.​

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