Nativist conservatives are in full foam over the new immigration deal, led by Newt Gingrich announcing on Sean Hannity’s radio show that the deal is a “sellout of every conservative principle,” presumably because it doesn’t round up those who are working to feed their families and contribute to our country’s economy.
Meanwhile, immigrant advocates are reserving judgment, offering cautious praise while expressing concern that the deal (details of which are still unknown) may divide families and a create a new underclass of temporary laborers that cannot work towards citizenship.
They promise efforts to improve the bill on the Senate floor.
There will certainly be attempts to claim that if there is criticism from the left and right, the deal must be in the glorious center. History proves otherwise.