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Let Trump’s amnesty sales pitch begin, suckers

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Let Trumps amnesty sales pitch begin suckers

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first few months of the Trump administration, it’s that you can’t blink. Things can change rapidly. Staffers can be hired and fired in days. “Repeal” can turn into “repeal and replace” before becoming “tweak and rebrand,” all setting up the endgame of “bail it out and set the stage for single-payer.” Up can become down. Left can become right.

Don’t blink now. You might miss “they’ve got to go” turning into “does anybody really want to throw them out?”

Let’s rewind a bit before getting into the meat of the subject. It’s 2015. Candidate Trump has already made waves declaring the need to get rid of murderers and rapists crossing our border illegally. Chuck Todd brings up DACA, prompting the dapper candidate to tell his journalist companion exactly what needs to be done about DREAMers.

“They have to go,” candidate Trump said.

Like a Jeopardy! answer with its associated question coming two years later, President Trump decided to ask:

A sucker is born every day. Trump knows this. That’s why he’s not too worried about making his sales pitch. He doesn’t have to sell it to most Americans. He simply has to placate his alt-right base enough that they won’t turn on him for very long (or will at least turn back to him by 2020 after countless drunken nights and a handful of hateful-sounding Trump Tweets). The sad part is that even before he responded to news that he’s making a deal with Chuck and Nancy to save DACA without at least trading it for his border wall, many of his most fervent supporters started defending him.

For the first split second that it took me to read past the first four words, I expected Hannity to say he’s disappointed in his golden boy. Then, the reality of his cult-like indoctrination became clear. He blames Republicans, those broken men and women on Capitol Hill who just won’t follow the chosen one’s lead.

That’s where we are today. Now, let’s look at what the future likely holds…

Prepping for the pitch

Most will assume that President Trump was blindsided by reports last night that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement declaring they’d made a deal with the President that would save DACA and not include funding for his border wall.

The narrative that this was not the case came a little later when Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared the joint release to be at least exaggerated and potentially false.

Finally, the President himself took to Twitter this morning to refute the claims of his dinner dates from the night before.

For someone who’s known for reckless Tweets and the occasional “covfefe,” this was a meticulously crafted non-denial. The deal wasn’t “made” last night, but it was agreed to by both parties. That’s why there was a release. The focus on “massive border security” is an important part of the coming sales pitch. Lastly, “Would be subject to vote” is the disclaimer to the original sentence that a deal wasn’t “made.”

In less than 140-characters, President Trump clarified murkily, established the primary talking point for the sales pitch, and established a fallback position of “I don’t make legislation” by reminding us all that it’s subject to a vote. He created plausible deniability while still cementing his stance that he’s strong on border security. Correction: MASSIVE border security.

If there was a Pulitzer Prize for Twitter, this Tweet would be a contender.

President Trump was not blindsided. He is generating anger that he can then tone down by doing three things:

  • Make a show out of how much border security will be improved/
  • Continue to declare that the wall will be built, just not as part of the DACA deal because that wouldn’t be very sporting, would it?
  • Guilt as many people in his base as possible into forgetting he wanted to deport DREAMers during the campaign.

He’s building up feelings of betrayal in his base so he can sooth them later. It’s like a husband telling his wife, “I cheated on you! Nah, just kidding. But seriously, I did have lunch with my ex-girlfriend today.” By doing this, it’ll soften the blow when he sells his real plan: amnesty.

The Pitch

This isn’t hard. Most Americans actually agree with the sentiment that these poor, innocent former children did nothing wrong and don’t deserve to be punished. Convincing the Breitbart crowd is the hard part, but Trump has been blessed with an ability to sell, sell, sell.

With every push for amnesty, he’ll add the border security caveat.

With every mention of DACA, he’ll point to Congress as having the ball in their court.

With every question about deportation, he’ll point to how deportations are already on the rise.

In other words, he’ll have an answer for everything. He’s a natural salesman.

The narrative is already in place. His closest media allies are going to do whatever they can to shift the blame to the “do nothing GOP Congress” while ignoring the fact that the leader of the GOP is the man they’re defending.

Most Republicans aren’t suckers. At least a good chunk of them were simply voting against Hillary Clinton. Even many of his real supporters weren’t as dogmatic on deportations as long as he’d secure the border. The only suckers are those Trump fans who believed until now that he wasn’t going to lurch to the left. Even now, most still think he’s playing 4D chess.

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Family separation is necessary when navigating a broken system

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There is no understating that the immigration crisis is truly a crisis. There is an overload of illegal immigrants in the system and the relevant agencies aren’t able to expedite the deportation process. The media has resurrected the issues of family separation in an effort to maintain their propaganda onslaught. The Trump administration responded tactfully with an executive order undermining their efforts to oppose him. Since then a quieter policy has emerged. Illegals are given the option to withdraw their asylum claim and agree to self deportation. In return, they would be united with their children. It’s a hardball policy.

Playing Hardball

However, playing hardball is the most cost effective and speediest way to alleviate America’s migrant crisis. In the criminal justice system, all sorts of agreements are made to alleviate the overload the courts often face. There are plea bargains, PBJs, and stet dockets. Immigration needs to apply similar measures to take control of the migrant crisis or else let the crisis control us. The “zero tolerance” policy provided a leverage for the US Government. After all, one would assume that parents would be as enthusiastic as the media in ending family separation.

Evidently not. The Department of Homeland Security noted that parents have elected to be deported without their children. Abandoning children in a foreign land is a pseudo-sacrificial way for a parent to care about their child. Sure being an orphaned illegal immigrant carries the chance of a better life, but in actuality it is the abdication of parental responsibilities to the state, a foreign state at that. What caring parent would do such a thing? Time found itself printing fake news over its cover featuring Trump and an illegal immigrant child. Turns out, the mother had a track record of not being a good mother. I raise the claim that parents bringing their children, or worse, shipping their children, across the border are not good parents.

This reveals a few flaws in the voluntary deportation for unification strategy. The first flaw being the logistical impracticality. Business Insider tells the story in which an illegal is trying to rescind his agreement. He and his daughter were/are detained at separate locations in separate states. It’s not the easiest plan to ship children to their parents prior to deporting them both. As it would seem, America doesn’t have a hub-and-spoke method for deporting illegal immigrants.

The second flawed outcome is the orphaned children, as noted by the DHS. This creates a whole new issue. The US government would be in custody of another country’s children. This is not ideal, inexpensive, or easy to resolve.

Real Solutions

The Trump administration is doing the best it can do under current immigration law. Family separation remains the best way for the US Government to navigate a deeply flawed system. While people protest under the emotional premises established by the media, they offer no real solutions aside from granting asylum seekers amnesty. Rewarding them for lying and illegally crossing into our land will only exacerbate the migrant crisis. Real solutions must be offered. Currently Ted Cruz is leading the pack on real solutions.

Key points of the Protect Kids and Parents Act:
  • Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
  • Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

Ted Cruz’s bill would equip the government to better handle the crisis, but it will by no means put an end to it. But it is a moderate first step.

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Trump’s family separation EO makes GOP immigration betrayal probable

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Obviously, the most adamant voices of those who disagreed with me came from the Always Trump camp. “Look!” they said, “Trump’s only enforcing the law. He has no choice”—a claim Trump himself made early during the so-called crisis. Yet, after his wife and a host of Republicans worried about their re-elections came out against his “zero tolerance” policy, Trump reversed his policy, played the Obama card, and issued a questionably legal executive order ending family separations.

Surprisingly Unsurprisingly, so-called Trump conservatives defended the zero-tolerance policy, blaming Congress for inaction with this issue while giving Trump a pass, despite Republicans having complete control in Washington for the past year and a half.

In a display of political irony, defenders of Trump and the GOP prove my point. Since the GOP has had the opportunity to fix this and haven’t, they are either inept or they don’t want it fixed—probably both.

Trump’s immigration executive order was Obama-esque for another reason. It restored Obama’s “catch-and-release” approach to immigration where illegals with children aren’t prosecuted and under the law are released after twenty days.

How does this lead to saving DACA and creating a pathway to citizenship? Well, using the Rahm Emmanuel playbook, where you never let a crisis go to waste, House Republicans are using the current border crisis as evidence that DACA and other immigration issues must be fixed.

In a classic election-season show vote yesterday, the House voted against a “conservative” immigration measure commonly known as the Goodlatte bill. While woefully inadequate, the Goodlatte measure carried a conservative label, so House GOP leaders made little effort to pass it.

With Goodlatte out of the way, the bill Trump and the GOP really want passed is on the clock. Scheduled to take place sometime next week, a compromise bill supported by moderates that addresses family separations, “fixes” DACA, and—despite GOP claims to the contrary—creates a pathway to citizenship will be voted on. While its chance of passing is unknown, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers—who faces the threat of losing her re-election—thinks this Trump-supported measure is the one most likely to become law.

Trump and the GOP want everything the Democrats want when it comes to illegal immigration. They just have to tell more lies to get it.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Family separation battle will save DACA and lead to citizenship for illegals

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The latest outrage du jour by the Washington Establishment comes from the news that children are being temporarily separated from their parents as they try to enter the country illegally.

In her latest presentation of the gospel according to Nancy Pelosi, the part-time Catholic and full-time idiot, blasted “all people of faith in our country” for depriving DREAMers of the “respect they deserve” and for “taking babies away from mothers and fathers.” Meanwhile, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH) issued his call for an end to family separations at the border.

In the Senate, GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) called for an end to the “zero tolerance” immigration policies. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats rushed to the border to grab a handful of election-year photo ops to document what former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro called “state-sponsored child abuse.”

Melania Trump, in addition to four former first ladies, shared how they “hated” to see families separated and called on America to “govern with heart.”

The outrage over family separation is coming from both sides, but it’s fake. These reactions are nothing more than election-year grandstanding by politicians in both parties who have no interest at all at fixing the immigration problem.

As I wrote last week, the GOP-controlled House is already working on an immigration bill that makes DACA permanent and provides a pathway to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers. House Speaker Paul Ryan made sure to point out that this legislation also includes a provision ending family separation.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced that he will introduce a bill that ends family separations at the border, which in an amazing bit of coincidence comes at a time when his Democrat opponent for the US Senate, Beto O’Rourke, also called for the separation policy to end. Cruz’s proposal enjoys the unanimous support of Senate Democrats.

For the record, this “for the children” approach to illegal immigration is how we ended up with DACA in the first place. Also note, as this article shows, that Trump is lying when he blames Democrats for the family separation fiasco.

The family separation issue is being used as a primer for the eventual surrender on immigration. And for those who believe that Trump won’t support this surrender, consider this: he allowed Melania to openly oppose his immigration policy, and he recently announced that he’s open to anything that Congress puts on his desk, even if it means doing the opposite of what he promised to get elected.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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