According to a tweet released early in the AM, President Donald Trump looks like he’s explicitly calling for amnesty, saying that if the do-nothing Congress can’t pass comprehensive legislation in 6 months, he might revisit Barry Obama’s “executive amnesty” program also known as DACA. Here’s the tweet:
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
Some speculated the tweet asks for amnesty, i.e. revisiting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals means he would be ready to reverse his view on the issue, but that’s pure conjecture based on feelings, i.e. not an argument.
The tweet comes in the aftermath of the POTUS’ rolling back of the Obama-era DACA program. However, judging from Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, Trump pushing for amnesty may be regarded as a big flip-flop on the issue of illegal immigration, or, who knows, maybe it’s another 3D chess move. Let’s see Donald Trump’s view on DACA during his 2016 campaign when he said there’s no amnesty if he gets into the White House:
“No citizenship. Let me go a step further – they’ll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them,
Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement about phasing out DACA, the Donald has said:
“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first,”
Paul Ryan doubled down, proving that protecting DACA recipients is a hot (as in popular) issue both among the so-called right (RINOs) and the left:
“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,”
If you ask me, President Trump asked Congress to sort this mess out, thus placing the political ‘hot potato’ burden on them – the ones who neglected the issue in the first place.
Trump has proposed a merit-based immigration system. He’s been quite repetitively clear on that. For further reference on the Donald’s real views on legal immigration, go read this piece on the RAISE act.