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A case against amnesty in any form in DACA deal

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The short version of this Daily Signal video is: “Amnesty: Been there, done that, didn’t work, shouldn’t be in DACA, period.”

Of course, the video itself is less than four-and-a-half minutes long, so you might as well take a moment and listen to Genevieve Wood from the Heritage Foundation explain why there’s absolutely no reason to include any form of amnesty in the upcoming DACA bill.

Why Amnesty Should Not Be Part of Any ‘Deal’ on DACA

http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/19/amnesty-not-part-deal-daca/Apparently, the battles over tax reform, Obamacare, and the looming spending bill aren’t enough to keep Congress busy. There are increasing rumblings that some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are looking for ways to give legal status to illegal aliens currently in the United States.

When President Donald Trump was candidate Trump, he promised that if elected he would end the program known as DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that gave legal status to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors.

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CBO: Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers $26 billion

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CBO Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers 26 billion

A report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated legalizing “Dreamers” as part of DACA legislation would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion. The three million illegal immigrants eligible to take advantage of such legislation would contribute around $900 million during the same 10-year-period.

“In total, CBO and JCT [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting [the bill] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period.” – CBO

President Trump forced the issue with his executive order ending President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. This was heralded immediately by many of his supporters as fulfillment of his promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. That excitement was short-lived when the President declared he wanted a legislative “solution” for DACA rather than an end to it. In fact, he said he would act if Congress didn’t by extending the six-month deadline he imposed:

Trump to extend DACA protections if Congress doesn’t act: report

http://thehill.com/latino/355267-trump-to-extend-daca-protections-if-congress-doesnt-act-report“The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We put a six-month deadline out there. Let’s work it out. If we can’t get it worked out in six months, we’ll give it some more time, but we’ve got to get this worked out legislatively,’” Lankford said.

When Trump rescinded President Obama’s landmark immigration protections in September, he set a six-month deadline for Congress to legalize the protections for so-called “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

So much for being tough on illegal immigration.

In essence, the President did not reverse Obama’s executive order. He threw down the gauntlet for Congress to make it permanent. This started off as President Obama’s mess and has turned into something President Trump and the GOP are destined to solidify.

As Joseph Curl notes on DailyWire, “No wonder America is $20 trillion in the red”:

Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ Would Cost Taxpayers $26 Billion (That’s Billion With A ‘B’)

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24777/legalizing-dreamers-would-cost-taxpayers-26-joseph-curlWith a 2012 executive order bypassing Congress, former president Barack Obama decided to give amnesty to as many as 2 million “Dreamers” who live in the United States, primarily brought in as children by their illegal alien parents, mostly from Mexico.

In September, President Trump ordered an end to the program that shields the young illegals from deportation, arguing that the cost for all those to stay would be astronomical.

And he’s right.

My Take

He may be right with his words, but the President’s actions do not match them. He didn’t order an end to the program. He’s pushing Congress to make DACA legislatively permanent, a move that so far hasn’t seemed to anger much of his base for some reason.

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Democrats won’t use government shutdown to push DACA

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Democrats wont use government shutdown to push DACA

After weeks of posturing and promising to get a DACA fix in the books before the end of the year for certain illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers,” most Democrats are walking back their threats of shutting down the government if they don’t get their way.

Senate reconciliation can only be used once per year and is going to be used for the Republican tax plan, so a filibuster has been on the table looming over the GOP during negotiations for a government funding resolution. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been leading the charge with threats but has started walking those threats back.

Democrats fold; withdraw threat to shut down government to protect Dreamers

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/12/13/democrats-fold-withdraw-threat-to-shut-down-government-to-protect-dreamersWhile House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  (D-Calif.) had previously vowed that Democrats would not leave town without deportation relief for Dreamers, she began to backtrack late last week and suggest that Democrats were withdrawing their shutdown threat.

“Democrats are not willing to shut government down, no,” Pelosi said.

These moves are likely a result of public opinions on blame. Had they been able to force the blame for a government shutdown on the GOP while still keeping their DACA push alive, they would have. By making DACA the sticking point, it would have been viewed as their shutdown, a prospect they don’t want to face going into the midterm election season.

The government is currently funded through December 22. If they don’t get an extension in place, it could be a sad Christmas for many Americans with government jobs.

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Supreme Court unleashes Trump’s travel ban

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Supreme Court unleashes Trumps travel ban

The Supreme Court on Monday gave the Trump administration a major win by allowing full enforcement of the controversial travel ban which prohibits travelers from six nations with Muslim majorities and histories of terrorist activities.

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

https://www.apnews.com/b8244def36484dfb93fd958962b7d649/Supreme-Court-allows-full-enforcement-of-Trump-travel-banThe justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.

The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.

The vote wasn’t as close as many expected, leaving little room for those opposed to the travel ban to claim it was a partisan issue. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, regarded as the two most liberal justices, dissented.

This means the current travel ban, which was released by the administration in September, will likely be allowed as well. Moreover, it sends a message to lower courts that attempting to ban such actions will be overturned. Judges who are consistently overturned are more prone to have their rulings in other matters questioned.

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