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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.

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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  1. P Dice

    October 10, 2017 at 5:48 am

    The only thing between Donald and impeachment … are his followers.

    And we have fewer and fewer victories to celebrate.

    Sessions was a plant. Ryan and McConnell are assassins.

    Donald … listen to the base, not the daughter. Or you are history

  2. Kathleen03

    October 10, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Trump’s polls would increase by 10 were he to give walking papers to the Kushner Kids.

    These two neophytes have caused more disruption than producing positive contributions and only serve to diminish Trump in the eyes of those who supported/voted for him.

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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.

 


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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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