Since its inception in 2012, President Obama and the open borders lobby have been peddling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as the only fair solution to shield from removal 800,000 recipients who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16. Despite the fact that the average DACA recipient is 23 years old - with even some as old as 36 - we are repeatedly told that it's just unthinkable to send these "children" back to their home countries.
However, the recent announcement by the Trump administration to wind down DACA has set politicians in motion with talks of cutting a big deal.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi arrived at the White House dinner table the other night, not with a fix that mirrors DACA, but instead with the DREAM Act of 2017 - the latest iteration of the serially rejected amnesty bill that has failed to pass Congress at least on nearly 20 separate occasions. Based on reports coming out of the meeting, the president served up not only prime rib, but the core interests of the American public in getting real border and interior enforcement, and real immigration reform in return.
Just how bad is this version of the DREAM Act?
Well, according to the pro-amnesty Migration Policy Institute, approximately 3.3 million illegal aliens - including all current DACA recipients - could benefit under the DREAM Act of 2017, and about 1.5 million could end up getting a green card. Further, under current law, those who become citizens could then immediately sponsor their parents (who were the ones responsible for them being here illegally in the first place) for permanent legal residency.
In the end, this "small, limited legalization" that Democrats and open borders Republicans are trying to sell to the public could end up being the largest amnesty in history.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.