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Some conservatives are bewildered by Trump’s DACA shift. Others are saying, “I told you so.”

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At this point, it’s not even clear what the “deal” is with the alleged DACA deal. Democrats say it’s done and there won’t be a wall attached to it. The White House is saying it isn’t done and it won’t get done without the wall. All the while, both sides are pushing to sell the idea of amnesty to the American people in general and to Trump’s alt-right base in particular.

A mixed bag of conservatives from tried-and-true NeverTrumpers like Caleb Howe at RedState to emphatic supporters of the President until recently like Ann Coulter have lashed out at Trump over reports of him betraying his word. On the campaign trail, he unabashedly proclaimed that DREAMers have to go. Other than a brief period during “the softening” when he tested the Kinder and Gentler waters on immigration, he was consistent with his message. It worked. He’s President.

Now that he’s sitting in the Oval Office, it appears he’s no longer an immigration hardliner. As Jim Geraghty mentioned on National Review, if only someone had warned them…

Perspectives

Conservatives Have to Become the Resistance | Cliff Kincaid, NoisyRoom.net

http://noisyroom.net/blog/2017/09/14/conservatives-have-to-become-the-resistance/Of course, this is happening because the Republican Congress failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, and is now moving on to something else.

Here’s the ‘Deal’ Trump Struck With Democrats Over Dinner: Hint: It’s Not Good | Matthew K. Burke, Politistick

http://thepolitistick.com/heres-deal-trump-struck-democrats-dinner/Conservatives have been down this road before on “border security” deals with the Democrats that never seem to transpire. Ronald Reagan admitted that his biggest mistake of his presidency was believing that if he provided amnesty in exchange for border security — a deal he made with Democrats — that they would follow through. They did not.

Ann Coulter: If Trump Fails On Immigration He’ll Be ‘The Man Who Killed America’ | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21037/ann-coulter-if-trump-fails-immigration-hell-be-man-emily-zanotti“NO AMNESTY IS A GOOD AMNESTY,” claims Coulter, who blisteringly attacks the “lie” that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act, and the ‘Dreamers” it covers, are merely a small segment of the immigrant population. She claims that what the president has been led to believe on illegal immigration — that he must agree to a grand bargain and can’t simply boot out lawbreakers — is pulling him into the trap of passing a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes amnesty.

BREAKING: Trump’s Morning Tweet Is a Serious Slap in the Face to His Base | Caleb Howe, RedState

https://www.redstate.com/absentee/2017/09/14/breaking-trumps-morning-tweet-serious-slap-face-base/Trump’s tweet is the very essence of an amnesty argument. It is the very philosophy upon which the amnesty argument rests. It is exactly the thing his fervent supporters have been arguing against and yelling about for years. Yes, Donald. Yes, people really want to send every illegal home regardless of how they came here.

Conservatives blast Trump for teaming up with Chuck & Nancy on DACA | Alayna Treene, Axios

https://www.axios.com/conservatives-blast-trump-for-reported-daca-deal-2485152549.htmlPresident Trump told reporters Thursday that he won’t “do anything” regarding DACA unless the border wall becomes a reality, not necessarily in the legislation he’s discussing with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to replace DACA, but at some point in the future:

Reactions

With most stories, we like to pull Tweets from a diverse range of people. Big names, small names, and everyone in between fill our Reactions section. For this particular topic, we’re going to leave it all in the hands of Steve Deace from Conservative Review and CRTV. He pretty much nails it across the board.

Final Thoughts

We’ll learn in the coming weeks just how far to the left the President’s immigration stance has migrated. In the meantime, conservatives are wasting no time letting the President know how they feel. He’s demonstrated a willingness to be malleable. Hopefully, this will be one of those occasions if his base starts to turn.

We’re not holding our breath.

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BREAKING: Federal judge sides with ACLU: orders illegal alien to get free abortions

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UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has ordered the Trump administration to provide an abortion to the 17-year-old illegal alien. This is a travesty and an absolute moral evil.

Instead of protecting life, the ACLU wants to guarantee illegal aliens the right to kill their babies–even teenage unwed mothers–in America. Not much of “civil liberties” there.

Background

In a Texas case, a Central American teen was placed in a facility contracted by a little-known agency called the Office of Refugee Resettlement. ORR contracts out hundreds of facilities to handle the flow of refugees and unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants, and its parent is the Department of Health and Human Services.

The pregnant teen sought an abortion, because she was worried her parents might abuse her because of her pregnancy. Texas law requires parental permission, or that of a judge for a minor to undergo an abortion procedure. So attorneys tried to get a judge to sign off. But Texas officials arranged for the girl to talk to pregnancy care center volunteers and refused to bring her to an abortion clinic (at taxpayer expense).

The ACLU is up in arms that anyone would be denied what they see as a basic human right to kill unborn babies.

The case is ironic because HHS just released its strategic plan, including language that recognizes the personhood of unborn babies. But the issue of unaccompanied minors and illegal aliens is being used by liberals to push their agenda for abortion on demand.

Analysis

The abortion industry loves getting taxpayer money, although Planned Parenthood officially says just 3% of their “services” are abortions. It’s a cooked number, since handing out a pamphlet is considered a “service” in their reports. In fact, just about all PP does is abortions. They do nothing else–not mammograms, not well checks, just baby killing.

But another fact is that if Planned Parenthood lost its funding, they’d get more than enough money–probably many times what they receive from the government–from private donations by people like George Soros and grassroots liberals who buy coathanger jewelry.

What the abortion industry would love more than anything is for America to become an open-borders country, with taxpayer-funded abortions for all. This case is one of their attempts to set that precedent.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opposes this, noting in an amicus brief that “(n)o federal court has ever declared that unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand. The Court should decline to break that new ground.” He’s joined by the attorneys general of Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina in his opposition.

Perspectives

Liberals are Exploiting an Illegal Immigrant to Push Free Abortions for Non-Citizens | LifeNews.com

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/10/18/liberals-are-exploiting-an-illegal-immigrant-to-push-free-abortions-for-non-citizens/The story of a pregnant teenager, an illegal alien, has captured attention as the American Civil Liberties Union and abortion industry argue the United States should open its doors to all seeking abortion. According to reports, the girl said she sought an abortion because she was worried her parents might abuse her if they found out she was pregnant. However, Texas officials refused to allow the girl to be taken from state care to an abortion facility.

Justice for the unborn: HHS defines life as ‘beginning at conception’

http://noqreport.com/2017/10/17/justice-unborn-hhs-defines-life-beginning-conception/Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) changed its strategic plan for 2018-2022 in order to protect the unborn. Background Previously, the plan stated in its introduction that “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.” The new…

Final Thoughts

This case is just one example of how the liberal ACLU and the abortion industry are using the court system to subvert the policy goals of the Trump administration, the rights of states to regulate and enforce their own laws, and to create a Mecca of sorts for unlimited, taxpayer-funded abortions for illegal aliens in America.

This needs to be shut down unequivocally by the courts. The next steps will be using Christian organizations’ opposition to abortion on moral grounds to strip them of federal funding and ORR contracts. This will harm actual refugees, forcing churches to withdraw their services. They’ve already done this with adoption, using same-sex marriage to end Catholic adoption agencies in states like Massachusetts.

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Ivanka makes hard push to protect Dreamers and it’s hurting her dad’s position

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Ivanka makes hard push protect Dreamers

It has never been in question that the President’s children were liberals. Elder daughter Ivanka couldn’t even vote for her father in the New York primary because she was a registered Democrat. None of this would even be important if she didn’t have great sway over the President’s actions, but she does. Between her direct influence and the influence of her husband, Jared Kushner, a good chunk of the President’s leftward lurches can be attributed to her.

The latest push seems to coincide with yesterday’s release of proposed actions for Congress from the White House as the legislative branch tries to pass immigration reform. The list of “harsh” demands have the Democrats on Capitol Hill crying foul and pushing back as hard as they can. They were expecting lighter measures in exchange for some form of protection for “Dreamers,” illegal immigrant children who were protected by President Obama’s DACA executive order. What they were given instead is the most robust border security plan ever proposed.

This is all good. It’s how deals are made. The GOP is starting off with an outrageous offer, the Democrats will counter with something equally outrageous, and they’ll meet in the middle. If anything, this is the most sane political exercise we’ve seen since the President was inaugurated.

Enter Ivanka Trump. She’s not helping.

Monday night at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, she essentially undercut the GOP position by not only speaking her mind on the subject but also declaring that the President shared the same perspectives.

“This is a very complicated issue that needs a long-term congressional fix,” Trump said. “I personally am of the opinion— and the president has stated this— that we have to figure out a good solution that protects these innocent people, many of whom were brought to this country as children.”

Why this is bad

We get it. The “tough as nails on immigration” presidential candidate was a show. The softening that he proposed after winning the nomination was more aligned with his actual thoughts. He’s had exchanges with Chuck and Nancy that initially had them happy. All of this was troublesome to conservatives.

Now, the White House has an amazing proposal on the table. The Democrats were caught off guard. They expected their buddy in the Oval Office to throw up a few token border control measures to save face before giving Dreamers everything they could have dreamed. The negotiations were going to start with the GOP having the upper hand.

Ivanka inadvertently (or so we hope) threw a wrench in the works. By signalling her unabashed support for Dreamers, she took away the potential for a unified voice from the White House and therefore from the Republican Party. She played the “necessity card” that hampers the GOP’s ability to either bluff about walking away from the table or actually walking away and allowing Dreamers to enter unprotected limbo.

In the whole scheme of things, this is minor, but just as Michael had to lecture Fredo after the Moe Green meeting in The Godfather, “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.”

Perspectives

Ivanka Trump: We Have to Save DACA

https://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2017/10/09/ivanka-trump-save-daca/Ivanka, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, pretty much guide policy with President Big Daddy, and her topic of choice for this event was DACA, and the need to protect the children of illegal immigrants.

Ivanka Trump tells Congress to find DACA fix: ‘We have to figure out a good solution that protects these innocent people’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ivanka-trump-tells-congress-to-find-daca-fix-we-have-to-figure-out-a-solution-that-protects-these-innocent-people/article/2636989There is a bipartisan push by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to pass legislation in the form of the Dream Act. With this bill, DACA recipients would have the chance to become U.S. citizens if they pursue higher education, or seek careers in the military or the workforce.

Final Thoughts

What’s most unfortunate is that Dreamers are being used as pawns by both sides. While a small majority of Americans favor giving them protections, it’s not enough to force the GOP to take a bad deal. Ivanka thought she was helping them (or so we hope), but by hamstringing Republicans at the negotiating table, she’s actually hurting Dreamers.

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Is amnesty for Dreamers worth it to secure the borders?

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Is amnesty for Dreamers worth it to secure the borders

Conservatives and border security hawks have a huge list of things to like in the White House’s list of “Immigration Principles and Policies” released Sunday night. It proposes taking steps the nation has never taken before to secure our porous borders and make life for illegal immigrants very difficult. Is it enough to change hearts and minds who do not want to give amnesty, a path to citizenship, or any other breaks to beneficiaries of DACA?

This would be a tremendous win for border security, the first of three components of the outline. It includes full funding for the border wall, increases border security, gives border law enforcement agents greater leeway, expedites immigration-related cases by adding 370 judges and 1000 ICE attorneys, and makes it tougher for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) to stay if they make it across. It even addresses the northern border which some experts consider to be more dangerous as a way for terrorists to enter the country undetected.

Internally, there are many benefits such as hamstringing sanctuary cities and making visa overstays a misdemeanor (shocking this isn’t the case already), but the item most heralded by organizations such as NumbersUSA is a requirement for businesses to use E-Verify. This last item would discourage illegal immigrants while protecting American jobs.

They didn’t forget the legal immigration system which is, in many ways, as big of a mess as our illegal immigration problem. The big news there would be replacing the current random green card lottery with a merit-based system.

Before anyone gets too excited, these are recommendations for Congress. The final bill will likely be toned down from this initial run of proposals. As President Trump is wont to do based upon his career in business, he is starting with the stars and try to negotiate down to somewhere between the moon and the mountaintops, but it’s still encouraging to see so many needed actions being proposed at once.

That’s the good news. Here’s the crux of the matter: will the final result be worth giving full protections to 800,000+ Dreamers? Considering that 58% of Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay, the bargaining power for the White House is diminished. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already indicated their extreme displeasure with the proposal. They claim they won’t even come to the table because they were expecting minor improvements to border security, not the major overhaul the White House has proposed. This could spell doom for a bill in the Senate if the Democrats are unified in opposition.

Whatever maneuvers the President has planned, they’re sure to include dropping or loosening some of the proposed actions as part of negotiations. That means the real question isn’t whether or not those opposed to Dreamer protections would trade them for these security measures. Rather, would they allow Dreamers to stay based upon the actions in the actual legislation?

Perspectives

Trump links border wall, green-card overhaul to DACA – Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/8/trump-links-border-wall-green-card-overhaul-to-dac/Many were policies Democrats have said explicitly are off the table and threaten to derail ongoing negotiations over legislation protecting young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” They had been given a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which Trump ended last month.

WH Immigration Principles Call for Ending Chain Migration & Mandatory E-Verify | NumbersUSA

https://www.numbersusa.com/news/wh-immigration-principles-call-ending-chain-migration-mandatory-e-verifyBased on our earlier internal surveys, the Trump Administration’s release of immigration policy priorities is certain to reassure and even thrill most of the 8 million members of the NumbersUSA online network who expect that policy to put American workers and communities first. That was the promise that Pres. Trump made in his campaign, and it is exciting to see the promise re-stated in so much detail.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi won’t talk immigration with Trump: Proposal ‘goes so far beyond what is reasonable’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck-schumer-nancy-pelosi-wont-talk-immigration-with-trump-proposal-goes-so-far-beyond-what-is-reasonable/article/2636898“We told the president at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” the statement added.

White House Rolls Out Immigration Bill Demands but Top Democrats Object

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/white-house-rolls-out-immigration-bill-demands-top-dems-objectThe proposals are, in large part, based on recommendations from the Justice, Homeland Security, Labor, and Health and Human Services departments, as well as immigration and border security agents who are on the “front lines” every day, officials said.

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