Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a proponent for border security and voter ID laws, vocally defending immigration reform and working with the Trump administration to implement it. According to an interview he gave to Breitbart News on Tuesday evening, he believes any plan by the administration to trade amnesty for tax cuts “is the ultimate bad deal-making.”
If reports prove accurate, President Trump is now considering a deal that would include giving amnesty, and possibly a pathway to citizenship, to the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens enrolled in DACA. A reported meeting at the White House with Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked rumors that Trump may sign onto a legislative deal that quickly legalizes them.
“White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short – a former Koch brothers executive – hinted that the administration will accept a clean, amnesty bill from Congress that would not only legalize DACA recipients, but also create a surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and a surge in legal immigration to the U.S.”
Kobach told Breitbart News that he was stunned by Short’s pro-amnesty comments.
“Tying DACA to tax cuts is the ultimate bad deal-making,” Kobach said. “I cannot believe President Trump would ever agree to such an obvious bad deal.”
Kobach echoed the feelings of other conservatives who have spoken out to say that an amnesty deal would be contrary to President Trump’s “America First” agenda. During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to build a border wall. Throughout the campaign cycle, he said he would never give amnesty to illegal aliens.
One avenue for amnesty was presented by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill) in their bipartisan “DREAM Act.” The act has the potential to grant amnesty, and a pathway to citizenship, for millions of illegal aliens.
Kobach said the DREAM Act isn’t popular among Americans, and that the administration runs the risk of losing on taxes over it.
“[The deal] also renders the tax cuts less likely to occur because a DACA amnesty passed by Congress is bad policy,” Kobach said. “The American people have spoken against the DREAM Act before.”
Kobach said it would be a “betrayal” to consider amnesty. He said that while the Trump administration may feel it needs to make some compromises in order to pass tax reform and get the border wall funded, it isn’t necessary.
“DACA is bad policy,” Kobach reportedly said. “The tax cuts can be obtained on their own merit without any massive concession to the radical left.”
Furthermore, as Kobach explained, the Trump administration does not need to compromise to get the necessary funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said border funding legislation has previously passed through Congress on its own, without any compromise.
“It’s going to be hard for even some Democrats to explain why they would vote against that,” Kobach said.
In his 39th “Letter to the President,” DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch said, “Doing a deal with the Devil never turns out well. When it comes to DACA, the Democrats are the Devil.”
Lynch said that while he can understand the need to court the Democrats due to a lack of consensus and support in the GOP, there is great danger in using DACA as a bargaining chip.
“For starters, U.S. citizenship should not be treated like it’s some prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box,” Lynch wrote. “Thus, it should not be dangled like a carrot.”
Lynch also explained that tax reform is not the only way to give Americans a much-needed tax break.
“No American should have to agree to amnesty in exchange for a tax break,” he wrote. “Keep in mind, by enforcing the law and sending home the illegal aliens, you give us a tax break without any new legislation needed.”
Lynch concluded his letter by stating it would be a bad deal to cave on DACA in exchange for “a few percentage points on my taxes,” because later generations will end up paying for. He cites an amnesty program instituted by former President Ronald Reagan in his reasoning.
He wrote, “In 1986, President Reagan thought he’d be giving amnesty to 1 million illegal aliens. It turned out to be nearly 4 million.”
Stating that there are potentially 20 million or more illegal aliens living in America now, Lynch continued, “If you (President Trump) and Congress grant any sort of amnesty, including the kind that comes with the Dream Act / DACA, you immediately add to the pool of liberal voters who will see to it that Republicans and conservatives never win another election again.”
Strapped with a lifetime of “liberal presidents who will raise taxes to support the sort of government programs promoted by Bernie Sanders,” Lynch surmises, later generations of conservatives will see no benefits to the compromises.
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