When the Senate Republicans released a draft bill on Monday night with a Dreamer Protection Fund funding agreement, it soon became clear that this was not the compromise to end the partial government closure that President Donald Trump had appointed.  The bill would dampen the asylum system. It would make it easier to deport US children who come to the United States without their parents. It would increase Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention and expulsion budget by more than 20 percent.
Perhaps most galling, it did not even provide a better deal for Dreamers than the status quo, even though concessions on that issue were hyped as the compromise that would bring the Democrats to the suspension negotiation table. According to the draft bill, child protection recipients could apply for a new program with stricter requirements that would offer similar expulsion protection and work permits, but it would cease to apply three years later.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Is set to make this legislation a pointless vote on Thursday. The action is anything but sure to fail in the Senate and would be impossible to pass in the house.
"It's beyond poisoned pills – they didn't even try" Ur Jaddou, former head of citizenship and immigration services, told HuffPost. "It is not even a giant effort to arrive at a compromise. It is shocking."
When Trump unilaterally interrupted the DACA in September 2017, many observers assumed that he did so in order to leverage to demand concessions from Democrats who concerns immigration and border security – such as financing a wall from the US and Mexico, for example. Keeping the security of 700,000 Dreamers hostage to fulfill its controversial campaign promise has some logic to it.
Events since his DACA strike have undermined Trump's position somewhat. Most federal judges have temporarily blocked the program's termination, and so far, the Supreme Court has refused to trace considerations of the prohibitions that allow Dreamers to continue to renew the DACA protection – for the time being.
Trump still has a huge leverage when it comes to DACA. After being created through executive measures, the program can be reversed by hostile presidents who follow the law. And the program is currently stuck in legal limbo. Supporters of the immigration reform, including Dreamers themselves, have long demanded a permanent solution, preferably with a path to citizenship.
But Trump is not a Machiavellian strategist, who uses the forced weapons of fraud and terror to achieve his purposes. He is just an obstructive self-promoter for which disaster is his own reward, as long as it is on the brand.
Therefore, he threatened to veto – and thus convicted – a bill last year that would have made the DACA permanent and prepare a path to citizenship in exchange for $ 25 billion in wall money. And therefore, the proposal to the bill on Monday night presented an offer that the Democrats could not accept.
"This is so far from a credibility support," said Philip Wolgin, President of the Immigration Policy Center at the Center for American Progress "It's nowhere near" Let's do a trade: DACA for the wall. ""
Some observers are turning to signs that a rational mind in the White House can honestly fix a problem with the problem that Trump refuses to sign a shutdown bill without any wall money now following Jared Kushner. Trump's son-in-law and counselor are trying to "figure out what major immigration reform looks like", including a possible "green card" for DACA recipients, according to an Axios report on Wednesday.
The term "road to green cards" is another way of saying the more common hear the "road to citizenship", albeit in a form that sounds less intrusive to harsh immigration restrictions. Perhaps this language sounds in a small sign that the idea in the White House is developing.
What is less encouraging if the Axios report is its image of Kushner. He does not seem to know that the solution he is considering as if it was a novel is the same as his father-in-law has already rejected several times.
"If the president presented a bill with permanent protection for Dreamers for border security money, it would go," said Todd Schulte, president of the non-partisan immigration advocacy group FWD.us and a major critic of the Monday draft. "If the president wants money for the wall, he knows how to get it."