Rush Limbaugh Laid The Groundwork For Compromise On DACA

RUSH: It’s the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. That’s what DACA is or DACA, however you wish to pronounce it, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. Now, let’s go back, February 22nd, 2017, on this program. I discussed a possible compromise for the DREAMers staying in the country, ’cause they’re children, of course, and you know the sentiments that exist toward the children. I mean, nobody wants to kick a bunch of kids out of the country, right? I don’t care if they’re budding little Al Capones. People just don’t want to do it. It’s the children, you know, the people the Republicans starve with school lunch program cuts and such. Nobody wants to do that. So I came up with a compromise.

RUSH ARCHIVE: In order for the DREAMer thing to be acceptable, the rest of this stuff has to be by the book. No amnesty for anybody other than the DREAMers. We enforce existing law. We turn the Border Patrol agents loose to find people they already know exist and they already know where they are and deport them. People that have committed crimes, people that have been accused of crimes, they’re subject to deportation. People who’ve been convicted of committing crimes.

These are all people that are not citizens. They’re illegally here in the first place, and deporting them is exactly according to existing law. If that happens, and if they move on the wall, if they move on strict border control, then the DREAMer thing is a worthwhile compromise. You’re looking at me like you’re incredulous. He thinks I’ve set off an earthquake here.

I don’t know what the politics are of rounding up a bunch of kids. I know. I know each of these DREAMers has two parents, and if you have 750,000 DREAMers, that’s the number, then you gotta multiply it by two or three. I understand that. But even after you do that, we’re not talking 11, 12, 15, 20 million here. We’re not talking comprehensive immigration reform.

No, I’m just saying that the DREAMers, if they’re properly defined, if you properly define DREAMers and leave it at that, it’s a small price to pay to get the problem under control. And there’s gonna be have to be some price to pay for getting it under control.

RUSH: I caught flak from all sides back then on February 22nd, but I caught a lot of support too. Folks, there’s nothing that tells me that in the end we’re going to round up a bunch of crumb crunchers and put ’em back on the train and send ’em out. There needs to be something gotten for it. There needs to be a price, and it would be a great thing, couple this, say with building the wall. I mean, you go all-in on border enforcement. Now, Trump has decided to end it, but there’s a six-month waiting period before it is initiated. And that ostensibly is to give Congress time to actually come up with a legislative solution. They don’t want to touch it, other than to go full bore amnesty for everybody because that’s what donors to both parties want.

And I’ll tell you, folks, what Trump did today via Sessions, it’s almost along the same lines as pulling out of the Paris accords. It’s rocked ’em. They didn’t think it would ever happen. “Trump is not this callous. Trump is not this cold-hearted.” But Trump knows his base, and he knows the impact all of this has had on the American economy and American jobs. And he’s following through on one of his most predominant campaign commitments.

Now, this morning on the Today show, Matt Lauer spoke with White House correspondent Kristen Welker of NBC about the idea that Trump is gonna end the program. Matt Lauer said, “What’s the likelihood members of Congress can come up with a fix for this?”

WELKER: In the words of one top Republican who I spoke to, the fight over DACA will either unite the Republican Party or tear it apart. You have establishment Republicans who want to find a fix, but for many on the far right, they just think DACA goes against the rule of law and think it should be scrapped altogether. But there’s some buzz about a potential compromise that could bring both sides together, legislation that would, for example, fund the border wall. That’s critical to Trump’s base while also preserving DACA.

RUSH: See? See? All the way back on February 22nd, I, El Rushbo, laid the groundwork here, and now people are starting to say, okay, that’s a good compromise here. Now, she’s wrong here. The Republican Party’s being torn apart long before this thing came along today, long before the whole subject of DACA came up. The Republican Party is being torn apart by itself. The Republican Party is tearing itself apart because it doesn’t have, at least on Capitol Hill, it doesn’t have the wherewithal to get behind the president. For some reason they just can’t do it. Well, you know why. We’ve been through it every which way from Sunday.


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