As per usual in the nation’s capital, the needs of the very few are being prioritized over the priorities of the nation as a whole.
Democrats continue to dig their feet into the ground and portray the fate of the so-called Dreamers as if it’s the most pressing issue that our nation is currently facing.
To get that point across, lawmakers on the Left have demonstrated that they’re willing to bring everything else to a screeching halt.
All the while, those that actually want to get things done are offering up solution after solution that continues to fall on deaf ears.
Politico shares the news.
As lawmakers grasp for a solution for the young undocumented immigrants, one option is a temporary extension — perhaps one year — of their legal protections paired with a little bit of cash for border security.
“That may be where we’re headed because, you know, Congress is pretty dysfunctional,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the few to publicly acknowledge the possibility of a temporary fix. “That’d be a real loss. But that’s probably where we’re headed, OK?”
Should a long-term solution be worked out for the Dreamers?
Of course, and there really hasn’t been all that much in the way of disputing that. That said, it needs to be part of a big picture solution that ensures the various problems attached to immigration as a whole are solved once and for all.
Democrats remain unwilling to make that concession, and the end result is that everyone suffers – Dreamers included.
Some senators are already deriding a yearlong patch as “misguided,” a “Plan Z” and a proposal that would keep immigrants “in fear.” But lawmakers have only until March 5 to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program under President Donald Trump’s deadline.
And in a Congress that has routinely struggled to keep the lights on, at least some lawmakers say a temporary fix for Dreamers might be all but inevitable.
Lawmakers return to Washington this week with another government shutdown looming after Feb. 8 and a deal on Dreamers still far out of reach — a reality that could make a DACA stopgap increasingly appealing.
A one-year fix is far from an ideal solution, but what choice do lawmakers that actually want to get things done have at this point?
Hardcore immigration advocates on the Left are unwilling to budge on anything that doesn’t align with their worldview, and that could lead to another completely unnecessary government shutdown.
On the bright side, we can take solace in the fact that Democrats continue to expose themselves as completely out of touch with the actual priorities of the nation as a whole.
That’s a win for the common sense side of the equation, but it also demonstrates how absolutely filthy the swamp in DC is.