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Trump finally tells the truth by lying about rescinding DACA

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Trump finally tells the truth by lying about rescinding DACA

In the days leading up to the Iowa Caucus in 2016, Donald Trump made an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation where he said that he would be a different person as president than he had been as a candidate. In the interview, Trump claimed that this change meant he would be less combative and “wouldn’t talk as much,” which as we have seen after a year’s worth of tweets was a lie.

However, if we use his campaign promises as the measuring stick, then Trump told the truth because many of his actions as president have been completely different from his promises as a candidate, specifically regarding illegal immigration.

Beginning with his commitment to build a “big, beautiful, powerful wall” and have Mexico pay for it, to overturning Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country, Trump’s promise to fix America’s immigration problem has proven to be little more than hyperbolic rhetoric.

During his first year in office, Trump repeatedly elected to keep Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order in place because, as White House Chief of Staff John Kelley once said when he was Homeland Security Secretary, repealing DACA would result in the deportation of DREAMers. He further stated that since Trump is officially committed to keeping the million plus DREAMers in the country, DACA needed to stay in effect until they could be given amnesty and a pathway to citizenship.

While Trump supporters will point to his so-called order to rescind DACA back in September, the reality is that the order was in-name-only and was designed to give Congress time to make DACA permanent through legislation.

It was also reported at the time by those within the administration that Trump had no intention of rescinding DACA even if Congress failed to make it permanent—a point Trump appeared to confirm himself.

Beginning this week, work on achieving Trump’s goals for DREAMers will begin in earnest as leaders from both parties will be meeting with John Kelley to get the ball rolling. According to Trump, he will only allow DACA to be made permanent if financing for the wall is provided.

Trump’s tweet is a direct contradiction to statements made by people within the administration. White House legislative director Mark Short told a group of reporters at a Christian Science Monitor event back in September that Trump wouldn’t hold DACA hostage to wall funding. Sarah Huckabee-Sanders also confirmed that Trump has always considered amnesty for DREAMers a top priority.

Meanwhile, Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio confirmed over the weekend that making DACA permanent would be only a beginning to making other permanent changes to immigration enforcement—though he gave no particulars on what that means.

It looks like Trump told the truth when he said he’d be different after the election because candidate Trump promised to get rid of DACA, but President Trump is doing the opposite

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

Democrats are giving every reason they can muster to push a government shutdown. The primary tool is DACA. If the government shuts down, it will be because they’re convinced the GOP will get the blame for it. If sentiment turns and the Democrats get fingered for prompting the shutdown, they won’t let it happen.

There are several dynamic situations involved with the shutdown. DACA is only a small part of it. They’re trying to position this as a win-win for them and the Republicans seem to be unable to get the right message out about the shutdown. This isn’t new for them. If the GOP initiates the shutdown as they did during the Obama era, it’s their fault. If they can’t stop the Democrats from initiating a shutdown as is the situation today, it’s their fault as well.

Mainstream media’s desire to promote the Democrats’ message is a big part of the reason the GOP always takes the blame, but it’s not an insurmountable advantage. They need to paint the situation in its proper colors. The GOP has the truth on their side, so they need to say it. Instead, they seem to be cowering as usual:

Nervous Republicans fear they’ll pay if government shuts down

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/nervous-republicans-fear-they-ll-pay-government-shutdown-n838276WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is confident that Democrats will take the blame if the government shuts down this weekend or Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren’t so sure.

Many of them fear that voters will fault the GOP after looking at Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, his past flirtation with letting federal funding expire and the fact that Republicans are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House.

First, they need to attack DACA by framing it as what it is. The President has done his part in saying he wants to protect Dreamers but wants a wall to keep more of them from coming in. That’s a reasonable trade-off in the eyes of most voters.

Second, the GOP needs to unify with the message that they’re going to protect Dreamers the right way through standalone legislative action. Executive orders can’t cut it. Attaching it to other bills isn’t right. They want a DACA plan in place and they can do it if the Democrats would focus on helping Dreamers rather than trying to be the ones who get the credit for it.

Third, they need to declare the Democrats are hurting Americans through a shutdown for the sake of getting credit for helping Dreamers. It’s not just  that they’re putting illegal immigrants over American citizens which is bad enough. They’re doing so in order to get credit from voters. That’s it. That’s the whole reason for the shutdown. They can’t imagine a situation in which the GOP puts forth Dreamer-protecting legislation and a Republican President signs it into law unless it’s the Democrats who somehow force the situation. Otherwise, they might be revealed as the charlatans they are.

If Republican leadership gets everyone on board and pushes out these three simple messages with everything they’ve got, they have a chance of both averting a shutdown and making the Democrats look foolish for threatening it. If they continue down the lukewarm road they’re on, there will be a shutdown and they’ll get the blame for it whether they deserve it or not.

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Rich Lowry on Dick Durbin’s desire to make a DACA deal work

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Rich Lowry on Dick Durbins desire to make a DACA deal work

Based upon Senator Dick Durbin’s actions the last few days regarding President Trump’s “s***hole” comments, one would think his intention was to derail talks and have a valid reason to blame Republicans in general and Trump in particular. If he really wanted a DACA deal, wouldn’t he have handled it differently?

JD Rucker had some thoughts on this:

Trump was wrong to say what he said. Durbin was wrong to reveal it.

http://noqreport.com/2018/01/12/trump-wrong-say-said-durbin-wrong-reveal/Durbin crossed that line. He took comments that paint the entire country through the President himself in a way that harms our ability to work with other nations. He wasn’t championing the nations Trump spoke out about. He had a single intention: harm.

Will this help with negotiations? Possibly, but at what cost?

National Review’s Rich Lowry wasn’t quite as accusatory, but he did question Durbin’s motives and whether or not he really wanted to make a DACA deal happen. Perhaps he was just greatly offended. Then again, perhaps he was just being a politician. Here’s Lowry’s quote:

“Everyone seems to think that Durbin really wants a deal, which makes it weird that he has gone out of his way to blow up the s***hole meeting.”

Read all of his comments:

Trump’s “Shithole” Comments, DACA & Political Fallout

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/455430/trump-shithole-comments-daca-political-falloutOne benefit of a merit-based system is that it would move us away from special ethnic pleading in immigration policy. The visa lottery began as affirmative action for Irish immigrants. My understanding is that Dick Durbin said in the meeting that he wanted to preserve the visa lottery in a slightly changed form because the Congressional Black Caucus wanted it. This is not how we should be making decisions about who comes here and who doesn’t.

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Rand Paul defends President Trump’s sentiment

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Rand Paul defends President Trumps sentiment

On an interview today with Chuck Todd, Senator Rand Paul defended the President’s sentiment in his infamous “s***hole” comment. While not defending the language, he noted that if the language itself had been more politically correct, the sentiment of what the President said was true.

He also turned blame on the media and Democrats for derailing immigration talks by focusing on the President’s comments.

“I do want to see an immigration compromise and you can’t have an immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the President a racist,” Paul said.

My Take

For the most part, the Senator is correct. This has become a distraction and a roadblock to important talks. The incessant desire to discredit the President has the rabid media keeping us focused on how the President talks rather than his actions.

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