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:
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
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.
If reports true 100%. I blame R's. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of political suicide–IF TRUE. https://t.co/WTqe6jzfa9
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 14, 2017
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.
There's a DACA deal. The President & leaders have agreed to pair the bipartisan DREAM Act with some border security, excluding the wall. pic.twitter.com/UiBFEuI3wE
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 14, 2017
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.
While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 14, 2017
Finally, the President himself took to Twitter this morning to refute the claims of his dinner dates from the night before.
No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
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.
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.
House proposal makes DACA permanent and grants citizenship to illegals
When Donald Trump issued an executive order in Sept. 2017 rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order issued by Barack Obama, he was cheered by his adoring fans for appearing to keep one of his campaign promises regarding the illegal immigration problem. However, as the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.
The reason I call it deceiving is because Trump’s order was merely a technicality—sort of a Rescind-In-Name-Only moment—used to buy the time necessary to make DACA permanent, which has been his “big heart” goal from the beginning.
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
Of course, any permanent legislation needs to come from Congress, which should have been problematic for Republicans who campaigned for years against Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. But in today’s Republican party—owned and operated by Trump—such commitments have become secondary to the requirement to please Dear Leader.
For example, just days after Trump’s deceptive order, Mitch McConnell went on record in support of negotiation with Democrats and the president—but I repeat myself—to save DACA and create an amnesty plan and eventual citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers.
Though past attempts have failed, election-season fever is sweeping Washington, so Trump and Republican party loyalists are making another push to get the job done.
After conducting several days of Nancy Pelosi-style meetings behind closed doors, Paul Ryan released an immigration plan yesterday that will legally protect DREAMers while also providing over $23 billion for another Trump promise—a border wall.
Wait a minute! I though Trump promised us that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. I suppose that’s just another in-name-only moment for the New York liberal.
Back to the House proposal. DREAMers can apply for “nonimmigrant status” which is essentially a newfangled way to say visa. The extra visas necessary to handle these requests will be available due to new restrictions that will lower the number of legal immigrant applications, which means legal immigrants will be effectively moved to the back of the line.
But that’s not the worst part.
Once obtained, these visas become the first step on a pathway to citizenship, which means that years down the road, 1.8 million illegals—probably more—will have jumped the line to US citizenship ahead of legal immigrants, despite the rhetoric from Trump and the GOP claiming otherwise.
Though this proposal may or may not pass, making DACA permanent and creating a pathway to citizenship are broken promises. But as I wrote a few days ago, breaking promises has become a job requirement in the age of Trump and today’s GOP.
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.
Illegal alien set to host a communist “People’s Tribunal” outside ICE detention center
“There has appeared over large parts of the once civilized or semi-civilized world an antique system of justice, masked as something new and progressive. This is the ‘people’s tribunal’…
Communists call this ‘democratic justice’…”
Dorothy Thompson, American Bar Association Journal
By now you’re likely aware of the caravan of Central Americans that has arrived at our southern border, hoping to gain entry in to the United States.
The caravan is supported by a coalition of open borders advocacy groups, collectively termed the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project. Coalition members include the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Three members of the coalition receive funding from George Soros via his Open Society Foundation.
The organizing group on the ground, which is supported by CARA, is Pueblo sin Fronteras (“People without Borders”).
According to research by WND, “Pueblos Sin Fronteras is a member of the National Day Laborer Network, which is affiliated with United for Justice and Peace, Caravan Against Fear, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization.”
A March 23, 2018, press release from Pueblos sin Fronteras stated:
“We are a group of people from different nations, religions, genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations migrating and seeking refuge. We seek to become one collective, supporting each other shoulder to shoulder and demonstrating that by uniting we can abolish borders” (emphasis mine).
On Saturday, May 5th, Pueblos sin Fronteras will be hosting an event outside of the West County immigration detention center in Richmond, CA.
The event is entitled “ICE on Trial: People’s Tribunal at West County”.
Although “People’s Tribunals” have been around for thousands of years, these “trials” remain a favorite means of propaganda for communists old and new.
Sometimes described as lynchings, People’s Tribunals epitomize mod-mentality, utilizing the fanaticism and excitability of “…a mob indoctrinated with its own self-importance and hypnotized by the slogans of its secular-religious credo” (American Bar Association Journal, Vol 40, No 4).
The process is simple:
“The mob is called upon to bear witness, with no challenge to the credibility of the witness if only his testimony serves the end previously ordained” (emphasis mine) (American Bar Association Journal, Vol 40, No 4).
As stated on the group’s Facebook page:
“On Saturday, May 5, 2018, immigrant rights activists, community leaders and people who have been directly affected by the immigrant detention system will gather in front of the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) for a people’s tribunal to hold ICE and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office accountable for their culture of secrecy and systemic abuse.”
“Survivors of ICE detention will share testimonies about the physical and psychological consequences of being indefinitely caged and abused in intolerable conditions, all while facing the threat of exile from their loved ones and deportation to countries where they may experience further persecution and torture.”
The event will be led by Maru Mora Villalpando, who is an illegal immigrant currently residing in the state of Washington.
In addition to turning US immigration laws into a spectacle, Villalpando, who is affiliated with the NWDC Resistance, has held “People’s Tribunals” at detention centers in the past, including in Tacoma Washington.
In the United States, these “trials” are currently employed as sheer propaganda. As such, a report detailing the findings of the tribunal is generated following the conclusion of said “proceedings.”
You can read the NWDC Resistance’s most recent People’s Tribunal finding by clicking HERE.
Judgments issued by these communist immigration tribunals usually follow the same patterns, as is evident by the below judgments issued by the NWDC Resistance:
Based upon the Testimony taken herein and the Findings of Fact, this Tribunal makes the following recommendations:
- Shut down this center and all other immigrant detention centers in the country.
- Provide clear and transparent records that reflect all of the abuses that have taken place and continue to take place inside each detention center as well as who has profited from them.
- Release all people who are currently detained immediately.
- Provide reparations in the form of medical care for both physical and emotional needs for survivors of detention, their families and communities as well as lost wages, lost homes, etc.
- Dismantle ICE, CBP, and all other entities that militarize and terrorize communities of color across the country.
- Stop the harassment, persecution, and repression of all immigrants and their families.
- Once all detention centers are shut down, return this land to their rightful owners, the indigenous communities they were taken from.
Alas, Saturday’s tribunal should certainly be an award-winning show, complete with a – dare I say – token illegal immigrant playing the role of conductor.
In times such as these, it’s best to remain emotionally disengaged, always remembering (in the words of Dorothy Thompson):
“For although communists in non-communist countries are loudest in protesting their legal and constitutional rights, they have no more respect for the Constitution and legal system that protects those rights than they have for the political system that permits them representation. Their object is to undermine and destroy both” (emphasis mine).
My city is conducting covert taxation by shaking us down. I bet yours is too!
Most of us remember the Disney cartoon movie when we were kids, Robin Hood. Various animals played the characters. The movie opens with the Sheriff of Nottingham bullying the poor into giving him what little money they have as “taxes.” He even took from the old and infirm. This was done to show that he clearly was a bad guy. We wouldn’t imagine that this would happen with our modern police today, right?
As I wrote about a couple of months ago when illustrating how judicial tyranny could affect all of us, whether it be in big ways or small ways, back on November 10th I received a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. I was not driving too fast, swerving, texting while driving, or anything else that could possibly endanger any other person. I was simply going home for lunch from work. It’s a 3 minute drive. This cop was hiding under the overpass and decided to pull me over, because in a large city that is a conduit for drug and human trafficking, this is where the San Antonio Police Department’s resources are best spent, apparently.
Now, a little background. The SAPD’s Chief, William McManus, is currently under investigation for having let more than a dozen people being trafficked go without so much as identifying them. The driver of the truck carrying them was arrested and charged, but his human cargo was just released into the winds. This is the man running the department that decided that my not wearing a seatbelt was worthy of a day’s pay in a tax.
Of course, that was just an excuse. Now, I’m not saying people shouldn’t wear their seatbelts. I in fact DO wear my seatbelt 99.9% of the time. I didn’t have it on at this particular moment because I’d taken it off to reach down for some water. I suffer from migraine headaches and had a bad one on this particular day. I was on my way home for my lunch hour just to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. This police officer decided to ruin my day and didn’t even bother to ask the circumstances.
Now, without a doubt, many of you reading are saying “well, you should have worn your seatbelt!” Fine. But how many of you saying that are fine with motorcyclist riding without helmets. Or bicycles without helmets. Or having an abortion? Yes, I went there. After all, it’s MY BODY isn’t it? I should be able to decide what I want to do with MY BODY, shouldn’t I? I promise you the government lawyers I had to deal with felt that way. And yet, they had no problem telling me what to do with MY BODY when it came to wearing a seatbelt.
I could have paid the ticket and moved on with my life. And if I’d been speeding, or if I’d had my KIDS in the truck without seatbelts I would have (would never have happened) I would have paid the ticket and moved on. But this felt too much like the Sheriff of Nottingham shaking me down for money. I showed up for court and asked for a jury trial. The government lawyer sneered arrogantly at me. I was undeterred. I was assigned a court date nearly 2 MONTHS later. I showed up for that date only to have the prosecutor ask for a continuance because the police officer was “in training.”
And this is where the scam becomes obvious. I argued to the judge that this shouldn’t be allowed, that the police department and the prosecutor’s office could have coordinated and informed me this was going to happen so I didn’t have to take a day off work. I was told “that’s not how it works.” So the trial was reset for 5 March.
A few weeks later I got a notification in the mail that the trial date had been reset AGAIN for 19 March. Wait, huh? I thought that’s not how it worked?
I did some research and looked at the San Antonio City Budget. The last one available was from 2016. It showed the city planned to make approximately $12.2M in fines and forfeitures, meaning they were COUNTING on citizens being fined to make the city work. Well, they only collected about $10.7M, which is a shortfall of $1.5M. They couldn’t let that happen again. So they’ve got cops out there shaking down honest citizens for money. Why go that route? Because as most people I know admitted to me, they would have just paid it and moved on. That’s what the city of San Antonio is counting on. They have a money-making factory that they COUNT on to make the city work. They can’t raise taxes because they’d get voted out of office, so they come up with this covert form of taxation, knowing most people will just pay it and move on.
My 19 March court date arrived and the charges were dropped because “the officer didn’t remember enough about the incident.” Well, maybe if he wasn’t out giving so many bogus tickets he’d remember more of the ones that matter. Several other tickets from the same officer were also dropped. The city didn’t want to spend the money on my constitutional right of a trial. They count on most people just paying and moving on. The certainly didn’t want me making my case to a jury and nullifying their money-making scheme.
Well, sad for them they didn’t know who they were dealing with, and I don’t mean ME, I mean YOU, dear readers. I urge you to look into this in your own communities. Most police officers are great people who work hard to protect them. But if some are being used to shake you down for money so that liberal mayors and city councils (like the ones here in San Antonio) can spend more money paying their campaign donors back, maybe something needs to be done.
I know this seems like a small thing. It was pointed out to me “it’s worse most places in the world.” Well sure it is, but you can’t wait for things to get that bad before we do something about it. You have to stop this kind of police state in it’s tracks and do it while we still have the power to do so. Look to your local communities and see how they are collecting their money and then spending it. Hold your local leaders accountable. It’s not just Congress that shakes you down for money. And you can’t count on the national or even local media to report on this. They LIKE big government, which this supports. Make it happen, Patriots. I have faith in you.