Imagine for a moment that your parents made the difficult decision to cross a border to a new country so you, their young child, could have more opportunities in life.
Then imagine someone who calls themselves your friend decides it’s okay for you to stay in the new country but your parents have to leave, the same parents who risked their lives for you and worked hard to give you a decent life.
It’s difficult to understand why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can’t relate to the pain of this simple but truthful narrative. Instead, the two Democrats made a deal with the country’s liar-in-chief, exchanging protection for DACA participants for stronger border security and a ramped up deportation effort.
In response to the deal, Pelosi’s news conference Monday was interrupted by participants and their supporters in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA participants shouted, “All of us or none of us” and “We’re not a bargaining chip” before Pelosi left the room bewildered and unable to speak. Television stations here captured the spectacle.
The DACA program was established by former President Barack Obama to allow children brought to this country by their parents to remain here and go to school and work. They are called Dreamers. Most of them came here from Mexico. The Donald Trump regime ended the DACA program recently and gave Congress a six-month window to either save the program or end it. Trump, of course, wants a wall on the Mexican border or at least beefed-up security and more deportations. That was a major part of his campaign.
Pelosi and Schumer patted themselves on the back after meeting with Trump and cutting a deal that they said would save DACA. No deal is final with Trump or the Republicans, of course, but the price for saving DACA—if that even happens—would at the very least mean more deportations of undocumented immigrants and more security patrols on the border. They know that.
Again, it’s hard to understand how Pelosi and Schumer can’t see how this is a rotten deal. One can only conclude they’re extremely out of touch with the current political situation in the country and they don’t see Trump as the authoritarian bully he has proven himself to be. No human is intrinsically illegal. Do they not believe that? This country has an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. There are 690,000 Dreamers. That means millions of people will be MORE at risk for deportation if the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer deal goes through. Pelosi is proud of that? That’s a good deal?
Let’s be clear: Cutting deals with a malignant narcissist who is a proven liar and who has betrayed and belittled so many people in his life—just look at his Twitter account—is simply the immoral thing to do.
Pelosi and Schumer need to speak up against Trump, not cut deals with him. They should focus on getting Trump removed from office and minimizing the damage he is inflicting on our country by direct and transparent opposition, calling him out on his lies. Stop the political games. By negotiating with evil, you normalize it.