Like an actor in a bad horror movie, Congress once again raises the budget axe, and we in the audience wait to see whether and on whom it may fall. Friday is the deadline for a budget, or a government shutdown. So far, Congress remains “mired in fights over immigration, gun control and health care,” delaying release of the text of the $1.3 trillion spending bill. That, in turn, delays the debate.
While Democrats have backed all the way down on immigration, Trump spokespeople continue to make “offers” such as trading some kind of DACA extension for $25 billion for a border wall. These “offers” get made and withdrawn with dizzying speed, making it even less likely that the budget bill will do anything for Dreamers.
MinnPost’s long article on the current state of DACA concludes with a couple of quotes:
“The highest level of frustration is directed at the president, because he stopped the program in the first place without a plan,” [Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Executive Director John] Keller says. But he added that there’s frustration at Democrats, particularly those in the Senate. “The sort of pretending like you’re going to fight for the program when the Senate Democrats shut down the government for a weekend, only to cave in the activists’ perception, feels like they were kind of thrown under the bus one more time.”
“[St. Paul immigration attorney Kara] Lynum says that many of her clients [believe] that Washington won’t do anything until next year — if Democrats take control of Congress in the November midterms.
“I think everyone understands now that they have to hope there’s a change in the congressional makeup in the 2018 election to get anything going with this,” she says. “My clients do seem resigned.”
And in other news
Children of immigrants are top U.S. high school science performers (Forbes, 3/11/18)
“What would we lose if immigrants could no longer come to America? Surprisingly, one of the most important things America would lose is the contributions made by their children.
“A new study from the National Foundation for American Policy found a remarkable 83% (33 of 40) of the finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search were the children of immigrants.”
Michigan non-criminal arrests, deportations soar under Trump (Detroit Free Press, 3/20/18)
“From fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017, there was a 117% increase in Michigan and Ohio in the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants with no criminal records, increasing from 725 to 1,570. …
“There was a 126% increase in ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal records, jumping from 487 in fiscal year 2016 to 1,101 in fiscal year 2017. ”
Editorial: Immigration crackdown bypasses criminals to punish family breadwinners. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/20/18)
“Jamal, 55, entered from Bangladesh legally on a student visa in 1987. A chemist, he overstayed two visas before receiving an H-1B work visa to be a hospital research scientist. Jamal taught college-level science for five years on legal work permits. He paid regular visits to ICE offices.
“He is married with three children and recently ran for the school board. That didn’t stop authorities from arresting and handcuffing him in his front yard in January as he was preparing to take his 12-year-old daughter to school.”