On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, host Mark Levin opened his show saying he was “extremely disappointed” with the White House proposal on immigration.
“Well, I take no pleasure in what I have to say,” admitted Mark Levin. “I’m extremely disappointed in what the White House has done – extremely disappointed that they’ve taken the issue, DACA, they have expanded it to DREAMers, they’ve gone from seven to 800,000 individuals to now 1.8 million, and they’re offering them citizenship, not just legalization, but citizenship.”
Levin’s comments came after President Donald Trump’s White House released its immigration policy proposal, the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Thursday:
“Well, I take no pleasure in what I have to say. I’m extremely disappointed in what the White House has done – extremely disappointed that they’ve taken the issue, DACA, they have expanded it to DREAMers, they’ve gone from seven to 800,000 individuals to now 1.8 million, and they’re offering them citizenship, not just legalization, but citizenship.
“Now, keep something in mind: this is the first round with Schumer and Dick Durbin. They’re not going to stand for just 1.8 million. You start with 1.8 million? Barack Obama never did that. This is a bigger number than Barack Obama ever contemplated. He’s laughing. He’s laughing tonight.
“But don’t worry, we’re told. Don’t worry. We got all these concessions. And what are they?
“Well, I have the talking points from the White House right in front of me.
“‘The White House’s immigration plan will offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants… .’ Yesterday we were talking about seven or 800,000, legalization. Now we’re talking about 1.8 million, citizenship.
“And don’t forget, seven or 800,000 came forward under the DACA program. That means one million of them didn’t come forward. Now, why didn’t the other one million come forward? Mr. Producer, do you know why?
“Well, many of them didn’t come forward because many of them were concerned about their own backgrounds. Many of them didn’t have the qualifications. They didn’t have the evidence that they were brought here as children. Some of them are crooks and criminals, and yet, with the snap of two fingers, we’ve expanded from seven to 800,000 to 1.8 million.
“So, here is what the White House has put out, Stephen Miller in particular:
“‘The big picture. The plan is "a compromised position" that includes "some extremely generous provisions that should make Democratic support to get to 60 votes a given," White House adviser Stephen Miller said on the call.’
“But that’s not true. That’s not true because Durbin’s going to want more. Guttierez is going to want more. You started with 1.8 million. You should never have started with 1.8 million.
“This guy’s not a great poker player.
“‘That includes establishing a path to citizenship … .’ Now we even talk like leftists. ‘… a path to citizenship [to] 1.8 million younger immigrants … .’ Notice they don’t call them kids because most of them are not kids; they’re in their 20s and 30s. ‘… 1.8 million younger immigrants with work or education history … .’ What does that mean? ‘… and “good moral character.”’ How is that determined?
“What if Jeb Bush had proposed this or Kasich or any of them? Would you be happy about it? Is this what the president promised?
“‘That number, substantially larger than the 800,000 DACA recipients, includes individuals who did not apply for DACA but met its requirements.’ Yes, of course.
“‘The concession on DACA comes with the ability to terminate the status of individuals seen as a threat to national security based on criminal history.’ Well, if you have a criminal history and you’re here illegally, why aren’t you being deported anyway? That shouldn’t even be on the negotiation table. Haven’t we been told if you commit a crime or have a criminal history you’re going to be deported? That doesn’t need to be a part of any deal.
“If you’re a threat to our national security, and you’re here illegally, what is stopping the administration from deporting somebody like that? Nothing.
“‘The White House’s plan also includes…
- ‘An end to the visa lottery program and chain migration.’
“Well, we’re all for that.
“So, why didn’t you say, ‘We’ll extend DACA for a period of time,’ or better yet, why didn’t you say, ‘First, we need to deal with chain migration and the lottery program and securing the border. Then we’ll deal with DACA’?
“But we always get the tail end of this thing.”