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Birthright citizenship needs fixed, but Trump’s Obama-styled executive order isn’t the answer

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Birthright citizenship needs fixed but Trumps Obama-styled executive order isnt the answer

There’s no denying that one of the primary reasons Donald Trump won in 2016 was his repeated promise to fix the illegal immigration problem.

When he first made his announcement to run for President, Trump promised to “build a great, great wall on our southern border” and “have Mexico pay for it.”

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”

During his 2016 campaign, Trump’s list of things he would do in the first 100 days included a promise to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by Obama.” One of the orders that would fall under this promise is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

As we now know in retrospect, such promises were simply the braggadocious blusterings of a bloviating blowhard; in other words, he lied. There is no great, great wall; there’s not even a mediocre one. And even though Trump allegedly rescinded DACA last year, he did so in-name-only because it allowed Congress extra time to make it permanent.

By the way, despite rhetoric to the contrary, Trump and the GOP have solidified the status quo concerning the illegal immigration issue by financing it in every spending bill they’ve made into law, including the recent #MiniBusBetrayal.

With the election less than a week away and with the chances of the GOP maintaining its majority in Congress going dim, Trump has been frantically spreading the politics of distraction to shift voter attention away from his failures.

Trump has already indicated that he will work with Democrats after the election — as if he’ll have a choice — to save DACA in exchange for a few dollars to pay for his wall, an idea that has received support from Republicans in the Senate and the House.

But with his approval numbers still near historic lows and with a possible Blue Tsunami on the horizon, Trump is pulling out all the stops to make it look like he’s keeping his promise to fix illegal immigration.

Yesterday, we learned that Trump recently stated in an interview with Axios that he will end the practice of birthright citizenship, using one of Barack Obama’s favorite tools when skirting the Constitution … the executive order.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.

“”You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end. I didn’t think anybody knew that but me. I thought I was the only one.”

Even before Trump was officially a part of the picture, we at The Strident Conservative supported the end of birthright citizenship practices. And experts like Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review believe that the current interpretation of the citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment is unconstitutional — the same amendment being used to defend the practice.

But is a constitutionally questionable executive order the right way to fix it? Didn’t we get our fill of this kind of executive overreach and abuse with Obama? Besides, anything done by an executive order can be undone by an executive order from a future, most likely Democrat, president.

Some GOP members of Congress are speaking out in opposition to Trump’s proposal, but I’m of the opinion that they’re only doing so to continue feeding the distraction.

Birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens is a real problem, but Obama-styled executive orders aren’t a real solution. Trump is throwing this immigration mud at the election year wall to see what sticks, but he’s only reminding America that he and the GOP have been lying about fixing the illegal immigration problem all along.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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  1. Public Citizen

    November 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Sometimes it is necessary to kick-start the machinery of government in order to get a process started.
    I view POTUS Trump’s threat to issue an EO as providing that kickstart.

    • David Leach

      November 1, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      I guess time will tell, but Trump’s track record concerning the Constitution leaves room for doubt.

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Dan Crenshaw: Only six Democrats voted to pay federal employees affected by shutdown

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Dan Crenshaw Only six Democrats voted to pay federal employees affected by shutdown

While most were drinking the mainstream media Kool-Aid that Republicans and President Trump are responsible for keeping paychecks out of the hands of federal employees affected by the government shutdown, a bill was brought to the House floor that would have paid them their first paycheck of 2019.

It failed. Despite six Democrats voting in favor of the bill, the Democratic majority shot it down, preventing their political pawns – the 800,000 people directly affected by the government shutdown – from getting paid.

Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) pointed it out and received a good amount of interactions on Twitter, but most in mainstream media refused to run this narrative-busting truth.

It’s crystal clear to anyone paying attention that their anti-wall rhetoric is driven by the good optics they’re getting from the press. If the people would stop being sheep and listen to that quiet voice of reason in the back of their minds, they’d realize two things:

  1. Democrats don’t oppose the wall. They oppose giving the President a win. They will keep the government shutdown going as long as possible and any attempts to help the people affected by it will be shot down.
  2. All of the false claims about the wall are politically motivated outside of the realm of common sense. The latest talking point, that the wall will be ineffective, is contradicted by every statistic that compares illegal immigration with or without a wall.

This is clear proof the Democrats have no desire to help the people if it means taking away their leverage on the President. Given the choice between paying federal employees or harming the President politically, they chose political expediency.


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Local communities giving support to border agents during shutdown

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Local communities giving support to border agents during shutdown

One of the most prominent stories the media has been pushing since the beginning of the partial government shutdown is that services are being hampered by federal employees calling in sick in large numbers. They are not getting paid (though they’ll receive back pay when the shutdown ends), so whether they call in sick or not makes no difference to their bottom line. The TSA in particular has been highlighted as long wait times at airports hamper travelers.

There’s one government agency affected by the shutdown that doesn’t appear to be having the same problem, and local residents and businesses are being partially credited for making this possible. Border patrol agents aren’t calling in sick or taking leave any more than usual, according to a report by Anna Giaritelli at Washington Examiner:

Locals help border agents survive the shutdown with free meals, zero-interest loans

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/locals-help-border-agents-survive-the-shutdown-with-free-meals-zero-interest-loans“Although I don’t have official agency numbers, it is my understanding that call-outs or sick leave is at or near the same levels as in similar times in years past,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd wrote in an email Monday. “We certainly aren’t experiencing the same level of call-outs as TSA. As far as I’m aware, and again that is without official numbers, we have the same workforce reporting for duty under the shutdown as we regularly do under normal circumstances.”

The kindness and respect residents and businesses are giving to border patrol agents isn’t just a sign of support for those who keep the border secure. It’s a testament to the concept of philanthropy being more powerful than government. It’s often said that government does the job that people won’t. In reality, it’s the people who do the jobs the government can’t. Moreover, it’s the people who are able to do these jobs better than the government in most situations.

While I would never condone the use of civilians for our military defense or even border patrol, there’s one very clear example of how private solutions are beating government solutions, and oddly enough it comes from far-left San Francisco. Unlike most airports in the country, the lines at San Francisco International Airport are no longer or slower than before the government shutdown. This is because their security agents are not federal employees. TSA contracts with Covenant Airport Security. Their agents are getting paid through the shutdown.

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As the government shutdown drags on, we should all be thankful that border patrol continues to do their job and that local communities are pitching in to keep these brave men and women taken care of until DC gets its act together.


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Immigration

Steven Crowder talks to wall protesters with predictable results

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Steve Crowder talks to wall protesters with predictable results

The intolerant left really wants to be heard. They just don’t want to listen. That’s not unexpected, as the entire wall issue is one that drives people to contradiction. We saw this in clear display as conservative funnyman Steven Crowder took a second stab at “Build the Wall, Change My Mind.”

There were many telling exchanges as he approached a crowd of protesters who had gathered, holding signs and chanting about racism, tolerance, and immigrants being welcome. One particularly interesting exchange happened when Crowder talked to a woman holding a sign that read, “Immigrants are Welcome, Change My Mind.”

Unfortunately, the sign was a lie. She wasn’t really asking to have her mind changed. She continuously described how she felt uncomfortable talking to Crowder, which is understandable considering he had a mic and there was a camera, but it’s still disingenuous to hold a sign that says “change my mind” when there was no willingness to have a dialogue about the issue.

The difference between conservatives who want a wall and progressives who don’t is that many who support the wall are willing to have civil discourse on the issue. Many who oppose the wall must rely on false accusations of racism to make their point.


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