THE STATUE OF LIB­ERTY WEEPS

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA - Frank Sherry is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Amer­ica’s Voice.

Pres­i­dent Trump and Stephen Miller are ex­ploit­ing a cri­sis that they created, so they can take a wreck­ing ball to the Statue of Lib­erty. They think that by of­fer­ing up a spoon­ful of sugar – re­lief for Dream­ers – they can get Congress and the Amer­i­can peo­ple to swal­low the bit­ter medicine of rad­i­cal na­tivism.

We are go­ing to fight this tooth and nail. We are not go­ing to stand by while Trump and Miller take Dream­ers hostage in or­der to keep out and kick out mil­lions.

This is the White House plan: slash le­gal im­mi­gra­tion by 50%, the largest such re­duc­tion in nearly 100 years. De­stroy the cor­ner­stone of our na­tion’s im­mi­gra­tion his­tory by elim­i­nat­ing five of seven fam­ily im­mi­gra­tion cat­e­gories. Elim­i­nate the di­ver­sity visa program that ad­mits peo­ple from coun­tries that Trump calls “shit­holes.” Gut our na­tion’s asy­lum laws so that Cen­tral Amer­i­cans who are seek­ing safety in Amer­ica, in­clud­ing un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors, are sent back to the vi­o­lence they fled. Tur­bocharge Trump’s ef­forts to de­port as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble by adding thou­sands of agents to his De­por­ta­tion Force. Build a big, stupid, waste­ful and in­sult­ing bor­der wall – paid for by Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers and not Mex­ico – so that Trump and his fol­low­ers can ex­tend the mid­dle fin­ger to Latin Amer­ica.

This is the mo­ment that the hard­lin­ers – John Kelly, Stephen Miller, Tom Cot­ton, Bob Good­latte, John Cornyn and their out­side col­lab­o­ra­tors – have been wait­ing and plan­ning for. They ma­nip­u­lated Trump into end­ing DACA; they waited for the des­per­a­tion to build; they kept Trump from cut­ting a de­cent deal; and now they are mak­ing their move.

The hard­lin­ers are high-fiv­ing; the Statue of Lib­erty weeps.

The way for­ward is sim­ple. Pair the Dream Act with a smart bor­der se­cu­rity pack­age. That’s the sweet spot. All other is­sues – good and bad – should be held over to a sec­ond round of dis­cus­sions and de­bate. Nar­row gets it done. A mas­sive and rad­i­cal over­haul that turns its back on who we are as a na­tion does not.

Trump created this cri­sis, and Repub­li­cans sup­ported his de­ci­sion to end DACA. They con­trol the White House, the Se­nate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. And 87% of Amer­i­cans want Congress to pro­tect Dream­ers. Repub­li­cans are on the hook. They have a choice to make. Do they want to pro­tect Dream­ers or de­port Dream­ers? If they want to pro­tect the Dream­ers, nar­row gets it done, and now.

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