Leftists flooded the streets of America this weekend to show their disapproval of the Trump administration’s policy of detaining immigrants being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, however a good faith Internet search found no evidence of similar rallies happening during the eight years this same policy was in effect under former President Obama.
Earlier this month, President Trump succumbed to pressure from the left to halt the long standing policy of separating children from parents who were being prosecuted for immigration violations, a policy which precedes the Trump presidency by decades.
But that did not stop the protesters. As we have seen over the last year, there doesn’t seem to be much President Trump can do to please those on the left.
To demonstrate the pattern of unreasonable resistance, let us flash back to the week of January 25, when Democrats were asking for amnesty for less than a million illegal immigrants. Trump proposed a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants and another 4 million via chain migration. The offer included a caveat for tools to help his administration enforce the existing immigration laws. He asked for $25 billion to build the wall, the ending of catch-and-release, and faster deportations for those overstaying their visas.
Even though the number of illegal immigrants who would receive amnesty was significantly more than what Democrats were asking for, the response to the Trump plan was brutal and, some say, unreasonable.
The activist group United We Dream said of the proposal, “Let’s call this proposal what it is: a white supremacist ransom note.”
📣 PRESS STATEMENT | Immigrant Youth to Trump’s White Supremacist Proposal: “No.”
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 25, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said, “The only community that benefits from this supposed generosity are white supremacists.
Stephen Miller has said that his proposal is ‘extremely generous,’ but the only community that benefits from this supposed generosity are white supremacists.
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 25, 2018
Columnist and advocate Shaun King tweeted, “The primary operating philosophy of Trump and the White House is white supremacy. I mean that in the most literal sense. It’s at the core of this bigoted new immigration plan.”
The primary operating philosophy of Trump and The White House is white supremacy.
I mean that in the most literal sense.
It’s at the core of this bigoted new immigration plan and has been at the core of how Trump (and his father) did business for nearly 100 years.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 26, 2018
And Democrat minority leader Nancy Pelosi said, “That plan is a plan to make America white again.”
President Trump was not ignorant to the fact nothing he could offer would satisfy the left. Following the backlash, Trump tweeted one of the reasons he offered such a generous deal was “show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!”
I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018