Open border groups are making a final push to press Congress to grant amnesty to beneficiaries of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In Washington, D.C., hundreds of illegal alien activists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building and were arrested after various displays of civil disobedience. And the protests won't end there, open border groups plan to choreograph other demonstrations across the country throughout the month of December.
In addition to protests across the country, illegal alien activists are targeting members of Congress in their home states and districts. Seven protesters were arrested at the Phoenix office of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after staging a "sit-in," demanding amnesty for illegal aliens. The protesters were all charged with criminal trespassing.
Besides the spectacle of illegal aliens engaging in civil disobedience, demanding to be rewarded because they or their parents violated our laws, they and their allies in Congress are threatening to hold the federal budget hostage to their demands. Leading Democrats are vowing to block passage of the omnibus spending bill, which would trigger a government shutdown.
On behalf of 325 million Americans, Republicans in Congress must resist this blackmail attempt. President Trump has made clear that he is willing to do something to resolve the situation of current DACA beneficiaries, but that those concessions would have to be balanced by iron-clad assurances of border and interior immigration enforcement, and adoption of a fair, merit-based legal immigration process.
President Trump campaigned on denying amnesty to illegal aliens. To capitulate to Democrats on such an important issue, while Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, would be a slap in the face to those who cast their ballot for the GOP.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.