The Left pummeled President Donald Trump with often-hyperbolic criticisms through Monday into Tuesday after the White House unveiled demands for any deal on amnesty for so-called “dreamers,” beneficiaries of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
Trump was called a “white supremacist” who detailed a “wish list” for skinheads. He was said to have reneged on a September verbal agreement with Democrats.
And he was even called inhuman.
Trump's announcement, made late on Sunday, put forth that he would seek — in exchange for immigration concessions — more border security, including a wall; 10,000 more border officers and 300 prosecutors; and point systems for legal immigration. The demands also included significant reforms to the nation's system of legal immigration.
In exchange for agreeing to much of Trump's immigration agenda, Democrats in Congress would get amnesty for illegal immigrants who were brought here as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
But despite Democrats' ambition to get DACA officially and unambiguously codified, the Left reacted with anger at Trump for daring to ask for concessions, even from a Republican-led Congress.
"The [White House] immigration principles r [sic] a white supremacist's wish list," tweeted Maria Cardona, a CNN contributor and founder of Latinovations.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) was one of the first politicians out of the unhinged gate, with the young liberal congressman calling Trump's demands "anti-immigrant" and lacking "basic humanity."
The New York Times said Trump had "imperil[ed] a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution."
The Times did not stop there. The paper quoted a source saying that Trump's proposal would get children killed. The proposal would speed up deportations of recent arrivals from Central America.
"Advocates ... argue that White House efforts to demand quick decisions are likely to merely result in many children being sent back to places where they are raped, beaten or killed," the Times wrote.
Of course, Democratic leadership in Congress rejected the proposal.
"The administration can't be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community, and to the vast majority of Americans," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a joint statement.
Pelosi and Schumer also took a shot at Trump adviser Stephen Miller, suggesting that a previous verbal agreement to pursue codification of DACA without asking for border-wall funding was ditched by Miller and others inside the West Wing.
"We told the president at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable," the minority leaders wrote. "If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so."
It was Matt House, Schumer's communication director, who said Trump reneged.
"The POTUS is going back on his agreement with Schumer and Pelosi. Period. Full stop," said Matt House.
Attorney and immigration activist Alida Garcia, of FWD.us, kept with the theme, often heard since Trump took office, that families would be destroyed.
"Reporters — there's nothin 'conservative' about the #immigration principles," she tweeted. "These cost billions $$$$, rips families apart & erodes liberty."
Garcia also called the proposals a "tantrum" on the part of Trump adviser Stephen Miller, and that any such legislation would need 60 votes in the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) said the request for wall funding was a "non-starter" on Bloomberg TV, and that new border agents would be used to separate dreamers from their parents, whom they would deport.
"Trump is ideologically joined at the hip with some very dark forces in the country that are trying to push this agenda ... including punishing sanctuary cities," said Espaillat.
Last Modified: October 10, 2017, 6:57 am