Malkin: 'Death of the GOP' and 'Permanent Majority' for Dems if Trump DACA Plan Passes
WASHINGTON – Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin predicted the “death of the GOP” and a “permanent ruling majority for the Democrat Party” if President Trump signs a bill into law that provides a path to citizenship or “amnesty” for DREAMers.
“To borrow Nancy Pelosi’s phrase [on the tax bill] in a different context, it will be Armageddon. It will be, and it's not 800,000 – it's probably at least 3 million [DREAMers] and then on top of that, of course, you've got Republicans and Democrats talking about chain migration allowances for the parents of those DACA recipients and those are clearly illegal alien parents who would be rewarded as well. The consequence would be a permanent ruling majority for the Democrat Party – death of the GOP,” Malkin told PJM last week after introducing James O’Keefe during an event marking the release of his new book, American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.
Trump’s latest immigration proposal includes a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries in 10-12 years if certain requirements are met in exchange for federal funding of additional barriers or “walls” along the southwest border, limits on family reunification or “chain migration” and elimination of the visa lottery. Trump’s plan would cover 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, which includes up to 800,000 who registered and qualified for President Obama’s DACA program and were issued work permits.
Malkin said offering legal status or a path to citizenship to DREAMers would have “long-term ramifications” for the GOP.
“I think that it requires a very bold, active political jujitsu and that, in turn, requires intestinal fortitude to face head-on the onslaught of accusations of being racist or nativist, and the Republican Party establishment in D.C. has proven to be woefully unprepared and unequipped to deal with the only card that the Democrats have left to play on this matter. So in terms of who's holding the line, we've seen all the articles about all of these Senate Republicans blaming Steve Miller – thank God for Steve Miller is all I have to say,” Malkin said of the White House adviser.
“As long as we have patriots like that who have the close ear of President Trump, I can breathe a little bit easier at night – and I have to say that there is no other candidate in the field that I could have said that about,” she added. “I'm talking about the GOP. They would have caved by now – any of the other Republicans.”
Malkin said the GOP’s handling of the DACA issue is significant enough to cause Trump to lose re-election.
“Yes, this is the signature item on his platform; it’s do-or-die on this. There are other aspects of this deal that are so important, which is why even among immigration enforcement activists you've had willingness to even entertain the idea of a DACA deal,” she said.