The Trump Administration Wants to Holds Dreamers Hostage to Advance a Sweeping Restrictionist Agenda

This week the Trump administration released the list of “border security” conditions it wants met in exchange for legalizing Dreamers—folks who were brought to this country without authorization as children—who will otherwise face deportation in March. That’s when Trump’s decision to scrap the Obama-era DACA program giving them a temporary reprieve from deportation will go into effect.
But Trump’s list of conditions seems less like an opening bid for an eventual compromise and more like a ransom note by a hostage taker, I note in my Week column. That’s not a surprise given that ultra-restrictionist White House aide Stephen Miller concocted the list in conjunction with ultra-restrictionist Congressman Tom Cotton. But it’s conditions have nothing to do with enhancing border security and everything to do with advancing a sweeping nativist agenda—and it’ll criminalize far more immigrants than the Dreamers it will legalize.
The irony, however, is that some members of the Freedom

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