It’s been awhile since any of us can recall the POTUS having a televised roundtable meeting with senators and congressmen of both parties.
To be honest, I can’t remember that ever happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it never happened, I’m just saying that this political junkie was born in the ’50s and nothing even close to today’s historical meeting held by President Trump leaps to mind (full meeting in video below).
One of the more prominent subjects discussed was DACA (Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), which certainly appeared to me as a done deal.
Well, Trump certainly dangled the DACA carrot in front of the drooling Dems, almost daring them to accept his offer to sign-off on DACA if the Democrats agreed to:
- Dump the visa lottery in favor of a merit-based system
- Fund the border wall
- Scrap chain-migration
Now I realize that the machinations of politics is based on compromise, so no matter how much I want to see Trump get 100 percent of what he wants, the nature of the beast demands some give-and-take.
But one thing I’ve noticed, the Democrats love touting of the 690,000 “Dreamers”, a number are serving in the Armed Forces.
After some very basic research, I found that a mere 900 DACA enrollees either now of have ever served in the military. That’s just slightly above one-tenth of one percent.
Something else that I noticed, both Democrat and Republican members of Congress had quite the habit of referring to those in DACA as “kids”. It was only Trump that corrected that particular Infantilization.
Yet another few facts came to light that I’m sure the like-minded should be aware of;
DACA had no requirement of English fluency, as evidenced by the application form that had a space to list the translator used to complete the form. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”
Unfortunately, many Dreamers are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults.
But the pièce de résistance regarding the Dreamers is this;
The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary, despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.
This may explain why, by August this year, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.