Dreamer to DEMS: ‘Stop using us a PAWNS’ as he praises TRUMP’s immigration leadership

(National SentinelIdentity Politics: “Dreamer” Hilario Yanez complimented President Donald J. Trump for his leadership during an interview on Fox News Saturday while chastising the Democratic Party for using him and others like him as political “pawns.”

“At the end of the day, here’s a guy who wants to provide a pathway to citizenship for myself and, you know, really make a difference in my life,” Yanez said of the president.

“I’m for that. Also, I believe we need to have border security so this doesn’t happen again,” he added.

“And if a wall is necessary to provide another layer for border security to do their job in a safe and responsible manner, then, you know, I think it’s necessary to fund it,” he continued.

“The diversity lottery — I think it’s outdated, I think it’s time for people who want to come to the United States to focus on skills so they can contribute to the American economy,” Yanez said.

He also blasted Democrats, saying he is “frustrated” by their unwillingness to work with the president on his immigration reform plans while using people like him as political “pawns.”

“The Democratic leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, really have no clear message,” he argued. “We have been confused, I think at the end of the day they have been using us as pawns.”

“We should have never shut down the government over DACA. We should have never held our American people and our military hostage,” he said, noting that Democrats opted not to solve the DACA problem when they had control of Congress.

DACA refers to Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, a program implemented via executive order by President Obama in 2012. The order was set to be challenged by about a dozen states as an unconstitutional change to immigration law before Trump rescinded it in September.

He gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program. That deadline is March 5.

Yanez said he is proud to be in the United States and would “do anything to serve this country, to die for this country.”

“All I need is a chance,” he concluded.

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If Congress doesn’t pass DACA legalization, then Dreamers will…LEAVE

(National SentinelAdios, America: A group of so-called “Dreamers” — illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children by their parents — is threatening to self-deport if Congress fails to pass legislation legalizing their presence inside the country.

In an interview with CNN, one of the Dreamers, Alex Velez, said, “I will leave. I will leave America as soon as possible,” claiming that she would prefer to depart the country on her own terms than wait for the United States to collect and deport her.

She and others like her believe that by self-deporting their absence will be noticed by Americans and missed.

“Velez and her sister claim they own businesses, pay tuition, and hold jobs, and that America has a duty to keep them here in order to maintain their contributions,” The Daily Wire reported.

Both girls are from Venezuela, a country that is currently collapsing under the Marxist regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

President Obama implemented the Dreamers plan — formally known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — in September by executive order. Critics at the time decried the order, claiming it was an unconstitutional change to immigration law, which only Congress can do.

As many as 10 states lined up to challenge DACA in federal court. As such, President Donald J. Trump rescinded the order in September and gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.

That deadline is March 5.

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Dems cry ‘RACISM’ over White House DACA compromise bill; multicultural MAJORITY of voters cry ‘WE WANT IT’

(National SentinelTone Deaf: A majority of Democrats have already come out against what is being billed as a potential “DACA compromise” from the White House that the administration believes will be enough to get the plan over the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold.

But a number of Democrats have accused the plan of being racist, authored by “white supremacists” in the administration.

“Let’s call this proposal for what it is: a white supremacist ransom note,” United We Dream, the largest “immigrant youth network” in the country,  said in a statement. “Trump and [White House aide] Stephen Miller killed DACA and created the crisis that immigrant youth are facing. They have taken immigrant youth hostage, pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities in exchange for our dignity.”

“It would be far cheaper to erect a 50-foot concrete statue of a middle finger and point it towards Latin America,” tweeted racialist Trump critic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Thursday afternoon. “Both a wall and the statue would be equally offensive and equally ineffective and both would express Trump’s deeply held suspicion of Latinos.”

But those opinions are far outside of those held by a majority of Americans, regardless of ethnicity.

Survival gear

The Daily Caller reported:

A Harvard-Harris poll released earlier this week found that 81 percent of voters support reducing annual immigration from its current level of more than 1 million per year, including 63 percent who want it cut by at least half.

Nearly 70 percent of all voters think the green card lottery, which randomly allots 50,000 immigrant visas to people from countries with low immigration to the U.S., is a bad idea. That figure includes 62 percent of Democratic voters, 61 percent of Hispanic voters, and 57 percent of black voters, according to the Harvard-Harris Poll.

As for border security, the administration’s proposal to build a physical wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border has struggled to crack 50 percent support among all voters. But a majority of voters — 54 percent — support building a “combination of physical and electronic barriers” across the southwest border. That description lines up with the public statements of top administration officials, including Trump himself, who have conceded that a contiguous border wall is not necessary.

Finally, rolling all of the border security and immigration reforms into a deal that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship, as the White House immigration framework does, is an overwhelmingly popular plan. The Harvard-Harris poll found that two-thirds of all voters favor such a deal, including 68 percent of Hispanic voters and 64 percent of black voters.

Reports have noted that President Donald J. Trump is supportive of the plan, which would allow DACA recipients to “morph” into citizens over a decade. But there’s no indication yet what the final legislation would look like.

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Trump’s plan for ‘some’ DACA recipients: ‘Morph’ into citizens but NOT quickly

(National SentinelImmigration Reform: President Donald J. Trump appeared to soften his tone toward so-called “Dreamers” on Wednesday, suggesting to reporters that he would back a plan that would allow some of them to “morph” into citizens over a period of years.

“We’re going to morph into it, it’s going to happen over a period of 10-12 years,” Trump said, when asked if an immigration deal will include a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants previously covered under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program.

“If somebody’s worked hard, if they’ve done a great job, it gives you an incentive to do a great job,” Trump said. “They’ve worked hard, They’ve done terrifically, whether they have a little company, or whether they work, whatever they’re doing, if they done a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive after a period of time to become a citizen.”

Trump signed an executive order in September countermanding President Obama’s EO establishing the program. He gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.

Reports have said that a bipartisan Senate plan to offer full citizenship to DACA recipients on a much quicker timeframe that also did not include enough concrete border security measures was rejected out-of-hand by the president.

Trump said when he signed his order last fall that he empathized with DACA Dreamers, but that Congress should have been permitted to address the issue via legislation, not through presidential executive action.

Obama’s EO was set to be challenged by nearly a dozen states as unconstitutional before Trump ended the program.

A federal judge in the liberal Ninth Circuit has since issued a stay, banning Trump’s order  from taking effect until lawsuits aimed at keeping DACA in place work their way through federal courts.

“Terming the government’s decision to end DACA ‘arbitrary and capricious’ and based on a flawed legal premise, Judge William Alsup ordered that the program must continue to renew applications from those previously covered until lawsuits regarding those affected are resolved, even though new applications for Dreamer status did not have to be processed,” Jurist reported.

But on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Department of Justice’s request for an expedited review of the lower court’s order.

As for Trump’s overall approach to immigration, reform advocates have praised his administration’s ongoing efforts to crack down on others in the country illegally and to rein in sanctuary cities.

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Trump TROLLS ‘Cryin’ Chuck’ after DEM embarrassment over #SchumerShutdown: ‘No wall, NO DACA’

(National SentinelPresidential: On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to take a swipe at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and press for funding for his acclaimed border wall.

“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” Trump wrote. “We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!”


The president did not mention the other White House immigration reform principles which include an end to chain migration and the end of the visa lottery program.

The administration declared the Senate Flake/Graham/Durbin amnesty bill “dead on arrival” yesterday as well. However, officials said they were open to a bill that addressed their three top priorities on immigration.

“The President has laid out exactly what he wants to see, and he’s laid out the principles that need to be addressed for a piece of legislation that he’s actually willing to sign,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

However, Schumer no longer appears interested in making a deal. His office said Tuesday he had withdrawn a previous offer to agree to some funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders DESTROYS Chuck Schumer, press, over ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ claims that prez is a ‘racist’

(National SentinelHitting Back: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was clearly agitated on Tuesday over the establishment media’s continued accusations that President Donald J. Trump is racist.

In addition, Sanders took a swipe at Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York for making s similar unsubstantiated claim.

During the daily press conference on Tuesday, Fox News reporter John Roberts questioned Sanders saying, “(Schumer) said last night ‘Mr. President show you’re not a racist, cut a deal on DACA.’”

Roberts noted that Schumer is clearly trying to use Trump’s alleged remarks about African countries being “sh–holes” — which the president and others have refuted — as a point of leverage.

“Look, I think that it is an outrageous claim,” Sanders shot back. “Frankly, I think if the critics of the president were who he said he was, why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?”

“Why did Chuck Schumer and all his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?” she continued, referencing their successful attempts to convince Trump to financially support their campaigns in the past.

“If they are who they want to try to portray him as, why did they want to be with him for years and years in various activities, whether it was events and fundraisers and other things?” Sanders continued. “I think it’s just an outrageous and ludicrous excuse.”

She noted further, “It’s a sad day for our country. They’re willing to throw away the progress and negotiations and not make big steps that we need to happen, whether it’s funding our military, supporting our government or making a deal on DACA, which they say is a huge priority, something they want to do.”

Trump has blamed Democrats for refusing to work with him and Republicans to come up with a viable immigration bill compromise regarding so-called “Dreamers.”

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Their turn: Top DEM threatens govt. shutdown if illegal alien DACA recipients aren’t given PATH to citizenship

(National SentinelThreat: During President Obama’s tenure, Democrats once chastised Republicans for allegedly being responsible for a government shutdown over their refusal to agree to spending increases.

GOP lawmakers were widely criticized by Democrats and the establishment media over the 16-day shutdown, receiving the lion’s share of the blame.

Now, a top Democrat is threatening another government closure if an immigration reform bill lawmakers are debating does not contain a provision to legalize some 800,000-1 million illegal aliens protected from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told ABC News‘ “This Week” on Sunday, “I, for one, will not vote on government funding until we get a deal for DACA,” the acronym for the Obama program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In September, President Donald J. Trump rescinded the order and gave Congress six months to fix it.

Last week, a federal court in the U.S. Ninth District issued a temporary order barring Trump’s rescinding order from taking effect, but that decision is widely expected to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point.

Here is Lewis on yesterday’s This Week program:

DACA was initiated via executive order by Obama in June 2012. At the time it was heavily criticized by Republicans and a number of state attorneys general as an unconstitutional move by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change immigration law.

But several Democrat-run states sued the administration over its lifting of DACA, and last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, part of the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit, blocked the order.

A recently leaked memo from the Democratic Party indicates that party strategy moving forward is to ensure that as many illegal aliens as possible receive citizenship because it is believed most of them will vote for Democratic candidates.

The memo, co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to allies who are calling on congressional Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo.

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They ADMIT it! Leaked memo shows DEMS want DACA ‘Dreamers’ for ‘future electoral success’

(National SentinelTransformation: A memo circulated by the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund on Monday noted that illegal aliens brought to the U.S. at a young age — the so-called “Dreamers” — are a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

The memo, co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to allies who are calling on congressional Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

Last fall President Donald J. Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy which was implemented by President Obama via executive order, to prevent illegals brought to the U.S. as children by their parents from being deported.

A number of states threatened to sue the Trump administration if it did not end the program, which they said was unconstitutionally implemented. After Trump rescinded Obama’s order in September, several Democrat-run states filed suit against the administration, demanding DACA be replaced.

After rescinding the order, Trump called on Congress to come up with a legislative fix for the Dreamers facing deportation.

Thus far, the House has put forth a bipartisan DACA compromise bill that also claims to address concerns over chain migration. But it’s unclear it could pass.

The CAP Action memo says protecting DACA is not only a “moral imperative” for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo, according to The Daily Caller.

“If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond,” the memo continues. “In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”

Several conservative pundits and lawmakers have warned that if Republicans cave on the DACA issue and vote for amnesty, it will put their congressional majority in danger and could also lead to Trump’s defeat in 2020.

They have also warned that Democrats want to save DACA for the very reason the memo states: Future voters.

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Backlash: Voters overwhelmingly reject DEM vow to shut down government if amnesty demand not met

(National SentinelBrinksmanship: Democrats are threatening to let the government shut down if Republicans do not provide amnesty for some 3 million illegal immigrants, but that is not a popular position with voters.

By a nearly 2:1 margin, voters reject the move, according to a new survey by Rasmussen Reports.

“Just 27% agree with Senate Minority Whip [Sen.] Dick Durbin’s call for a government shutdown to force a congressional decision on the Dreamers question separate from the border security issue,” said the polling firm. “Twice as many (55%) oppose a government shutdown for this reason. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.”

The threat of a shutdown is only backed by 26 percent of blacks and 35 percent of Democrats, the survey said. Also, just 21 percent of so-called Moderates and 37 percent of people who earn more than $200,000 a year favor the tactic.

But the shutdown threat is opposed by 58 percent of blacks, 49 percent of Democrats, 42 percent of liberals, and 63 percent of people who earn from $30,000 to $63,000.

Republicans have been quick to call Democrats’ bluff.

A government shutdown to win an amnesty “is a ridiculous idea” McConnell told ABC’s Sunday show, “This Week” on Sunday.

“There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of undocumented children who came into the country — a very legitimate case here — here through no choice of their own, and are in a kind of difficult spot. But there’s no emergency. The president has given us to March to address it,” he said.

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Kellyanne: No funding for wall, no ‘deal’ can be made on DACA

(National SentinelImmigration Reform: Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that if Congress refuses to fund President Donald J. Trump’s long-sought wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, then it’s not possible to make a “deal” over so-called “Dreamers.”

In short: There were be no ‘deal with Democrats’ if border wall funding is not part of it.

“The president has made clear, including this week that if there’s no funding for the wall, no deal can be made,” she told “Fox & Friends,” as reported by Breitbart News. “He said it as plainly as possible for all to hear. Those are the president’s words take it to the bank.

“Secondly, bipartisanship is a means; it is not an end, it is not a goal or an objective here. It is a vehicle by which you get things done particularly when you need 60 votes in the Senate for certain matters,” she said.

Continuing, Conway noted: “So this is what good negotiators and dealmakers make, but President Trump’s ideas prevailed. Hillary Clinton and the Democrat’s ideas failed. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s ideas failed last year.

“Donald Trump’s ideas that prevailed, he’s the president for a reason. He ran on the program, and it’s that program that will be implemented.”

Problem: A number of Republicans also don’t want a border wall.

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In Trump We Trust

(National SentinelPolitics & Such: In the wake of President Donald J. Trump’s “deal” with Democratic leaders over immigration reform — specifically, the “Dreamers” program initiated unconstitutionally by his predecessor — there is consternation, hand-wringing, and outright anger from the Right, from his base, and from some Republicans.

Many are of the opinion that Trump has suddenly sold them out, and that his decision to “trust” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and “give Democrats what they want” — hundreds of thousands of new voters — is a huge slap in the face to his base.

This is not a time for anger at Trump, and it certainly isn’t a time to give up on him. We’ll explain.

First, Pelosi and Schumer. While the president may not know who Nancy Pelosi really is, he knows what she is: A partisan, Left-wing hack and seasoned politician who would sell out her mother for a progressive cause. As for Schumer, he knows him — personally. They grew up in similar neighborhoods in New York City and Trump has contributed to Schumer’s campaigns in the past. He may not agree with Schumer all the time but he at least knows who (and what) he is.

As for the DACA “deal,” nothing’s been made/settled/passed yet. We can’t get angry at Trump for doing what Obama should have done: Allow Congress to constitutionally pass immigration reform legislation (or not), and then sign it (or veto it). What Obama did was impeachable, and in other circumstances (like having a Congress filled with elected leaders who jealously guard Legislative Branch power) he may have been. DACA was going to court; 10 states were suing the federal government over its constitutionality and word was they were likely to win. Trump would have been forced into a position of defending an unconstitutional program or allowing it to lapse.

And speaking of that, Trump will let it lapse — in six months. In a half a year the program goes away if Congress doesn’t pass legislation enshrining it into law. Trump would still have to sign it, and there are indications he will. But he’s always voiced a soft spot for the Dreamers. What he is doing is ensuring they get some sort of legalized status which, let’s face it, was always going to happen.

Plus, we don’t know what that final piece of legislation will look like; it may not include “citizenship” (in which case it’s not an amnesty in the true sense of the word). And Trump said yesterday he isn’t talking about amnesty, and that the wall will come. [Note: What isn’t being reported much is that Trump told reporters the design for his promised wall has not yet been selected; there are four designs and no final decision on any of them has been made — so there’s that.]

Why did he “deal” with Democrats? Well, ask yourself this question: When was the last time Republicans sat down with Trump and delivered on promises all of them made during the last campaigns? Answer: Never. They have fought him almost as much as Democrats have.

There is also this. Trump has delivered as many of his promises as he can: Cutting regulations, curbing Obamacare rules, nominating conservatives for judicial appointments, sticking to his pledge to build up the military — and continuing to push for the things he promised during his campaign, like jobs, lower taxes, and infrastructure spending, all of which he needs Congress‘ help to accomplish.

During his brief tenure as White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci told Breitbart News Trump’s campaign promises are his number one objectives.

“We have a list of campaign promises that are up on [top aide to President Donald J. Trump and former Breitbart chief] Steve Bannon’s wall and we’re going right through those campaign promises and so that we can tell the American people that we are citizen politicians … we’re not career politicians or establishment players that just want to sit in Washington and milk the system,” he said.

When and where he can, Trump has delivered on his campaign pledges. Even repealing DACA was a campaign promise that he kept. Throw in a dramatically improving economy, and we’d say the president’s doing pretty well — in spite of being viciously assailed every minute of every day by his critics in an unprecedented manner.

No president, like no other human being, is perfect. Trump’s politics are what they are; he’s resolutely focused on getting things done. And he’s getting things done; it’s the rest of Washington that keeps getting in his way.

We don’t yet know what a final DACA bill will look like, but Trump’s campaign apparatus tweeted out earlier today:

We will BUILD A WALL to STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. To keep us safe. Dems & FAKE NEWS need a reminder!

Nothing happens in D.C. quickly — we all know that. And we also know that Trump is just what Scaramucci described, a “citizen-president” who didn’t run for president just to become part of the corrupt D.C. swamp.

There will be times when we don’t agree with all that he does, but one thing is patently clear: He is a helluva lot better than Hillary Clinton would have been.

Let that sink in before you start burning your “Make America Great Again” hat.

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Tucker Carlson says ‘no reason to be optimistic’ about Trump’s DACA deal with Dems

(National Sentinel) DACA Dreamers: President Donald J. Trump’s deal with Democrats regarding legislation to reinstate President Obama’s DACA protections for so-called “Dreamers” — illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children by their parents — isn’t going over well with many of his usual supporters, including Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson.

red-alert-FO-160x600According to Carlson, the deal would give legal status to 800,000 illegal aliens and Trump would not get any of the things he advocated on immigration during the 2016 presidential campaign — like his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which Trump said he’ll get later.

“Last night, at a dinner with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, President Trump apparently hammered out the framework to a deal that would protect 800,000 illegal aliens now covered under DACA from being deported. They will get to stay, and under current law, so will millions of their relatives,” Carlson said in his opening monologue.

“It would be a massive amnesty, one of the biggest ever granted in American history. This is thrilling news for Democrats and for open borders advocates everywhere. In return for this concession, the president receives nothing — no reduction in overall immigration totals, no tightened restriction on foreign workers who take jobs from Americans, no e-Verify to prevent illegal immigrants working under the table, no end to chain migration,” he said. “The president isn’t even getting a border wall, though he insisted he will somehow get one later, possibly.”

He then played a clip of Trump interacting with reporters, in which he said: “At some point they’re going to have to. They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall, to me, is vital. If I don’t get the wall, then we will become the obstruction.”

Tucker continued: “The president seems confident it will work out in the end, but there’s no reason to be optimistic. The fate of DACA recipients is, by far, the biggest piece of leverage he has or he ever will have. If he gives it away for free, none of his other immigration priorities, the priorities he ran on and won the presidency with will be considered.

“All those border security measures we keep hearing about? They’re ridiculous. They mean nothing. They haven’t worked and in any case, they’ll be rolled back instantly the next time a Democratic president wins,” he said. “If this president doesn’t get funding for a wall now, it will never be built, period.

“The Democratic Party has no interest in halting the flow of illegal immigrants no matter how much it might hurt Americans who already live here. They’ve done the math. Democrats lost in 2016 because our middle class rejected them,” Carlson added.

He also noted that GOP leadership — most notably House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — has historically been opposed to reining in illegal immigration.

“In the mid-1990s, Congress came close to passing legislation that would have included powerful barriers to illegal immigration and lower levels of legal immigration. Paul Ryan, then a staffer for Sam Brownback of Kansas, wrote a series of letters to other lawmakers that helped kill that bill. There is no reason to believe he has changed at all,” said the Fox News host.

“Earlier this year, we had Speaker Ryan on this show and he assured us the House would be working hard to fund the border wall. That was a lie, and not the only one the GOP leadership is told its voters.

“Borders are real. Citizenship matters. America comes first. If you can’t say any of that with a straight face and mean it and act on it, maybe you are in the wrong party,” he concluded.

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Trump denies ‘deal’ with Schumer, Pelosi on ‘Dreamers’

(National SentinelPolitical Strategy: President Donald J. Trump is continuing to show his contempt for Republicans who have been actively thwarting his agenda by turning to Democratic leaders in order to push part of his agenda. But the turn to the opposition party is already carrying some risks.

Trump had dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California last night, and afterward, both lawmakers announced they had reached a deal with Trump on DACA — the unconstitutional program implemented by President Obama that in effect granted blanket amnesty to hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens brought into the country when they were children by their parents. Trump, in an executive order of his own, ended the program last week, but delayed implementation for six months to give Congress a chance to pass legislation that would essentially reinstate Obama’s program but do so via the constitutional legislative process.

“No deal was made last night on DACA,” Trump said in an early morning tweet.

“Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump said in a series of tweets about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, The Associated Press reported.

The AP noted further:

Trump contradicted the characterization of a private White House dinner on Wednesday night by his guests, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the top Democrats on Capitol Hill.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also pushed back against the Schumer-Pelosi statement embracing the claim of a deal, saying, “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump tweeted, later expressing sympathy for the so-called “Dreamers” who are now in legal limbo.

In their statement, Schumer and Pelosi said: “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”

Separately, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill had said after the White House dinner that “the president was clear he would press for the wall but separate from this agreement.”

Republican leaders including Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin have said they opposed Trump’s order ending the DACA program.

Think of Trump’s ‘collusion’ with Democrats as you will, but to us it appears as though he’s playing both parties off of each other to get what he wants. Trump has never wavered from a primary campaign pledge to “build a wall” and he continues to stump for it. So far funding for the wall has been denied…by the GOP majority in Congress.

Trump has signaled repeatedly he would be supportive of a legislative fix to DACA, but he’ll want something for that. By ending a program important to leaders of both parties, then giving Congress a six-month window to fix it with legislation, he’s put lawmakers in the position of having to give in to him in order to get what they (and their donors) want. Frankly, that’s pretty smart.

Trump’s base isn’t going to leave him either way, but Republicans will continue to suffer at the polls if they keep blocking the agenda that got Trump elected, and that includes a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Trump: ‘We have no choice’ but to end DACA

(National SentinelRule of Law: President Donald J. Trump spoke out Tuesday regarding his decision to end a controversial Obama-era program that allowed the children brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents to stay, saying he had no other choice but to do so.

“Really we have no choice, we have to be able to do something, and I think it’s going to work out very well,” he said, referring to his delay of ending DACA by six months to give Congress an opportunity to address the program properly, through legislation.

“I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly,” Trump said, adding that they were not “children” at all but young adults, possibly referring to talking points repeated by his critics, Breitbart News reported.

In part, here is the president’s statement:

As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend.

In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.

In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that “I can’t just do these things by myself” – and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.

Officials from 10 States are suing over the program, requiring my Administration to make a decision regarding its legality. The Attorney General of the United States, the Attorneys General of many states, and virtually all other top legal experts have advised that the program is unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court.

There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will.

The temporary implementation of DACA by the Obama Administration, after Congress repeatedly rejected this amnesty-first approach, also helped spur a humanitarian crisis – the massive surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America including, in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country, such as MS-13.

Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.

Therefore, in the best interests of our country, and in keeping with the obligations of my office, the Department of Homeland Security will begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption. While new applications for work permits will not be accepted, all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today. Furthermore, applications already in the pipeline will be processed, as will renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration. This is a gradual process, not a sudden phase out. Permits will not begin to expire for another six months, and will remain active for up to 24 months. Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.

Trump also said Congress has punted on the issue of fixing the issue constitutionally, via legislation, that Obama’s DACA sought to address.

“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first. We are facing the symptom of a larger problem, illegal immigration, along with the many other chronic immigration problems Washington has left unsolved,” he added.

Something else needs to be said here: Those complaining about Trump rescinding Obama’s policy should remember that Obama got to implement his policies when he was president (even illegal ones like DACA). Trump won his election fair and square (without Russian “collusion”) so he gets to implement his policies. If that pisses Democrats off, then win more elections.

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GOP ‘life raft’ to Trump on DACA?

(National SentinelImmigration Reform: President Donald J. Trump has long struggled with what to do about former President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, or DACA, otherwise known as “Dreamers” — keep the program in place, which would violate a campaign pledge, or end it, which would violate his conscience.

On Thursday reports surfaced that the president had decided to fulfill his campaign promise to end a program that even Obama said repeatedly he had no authority to implement. Those reports, which we covered, said Trump would make the announcement sometime Friday.

Now, a group of conservatives in the House is attempting to throw Trump a legislative life raft: They are set to introduce a bill that would allow the president to have it both ways — get rid of DACA while fulfilling his pledge to about 800,000 dreamers that he would “work something out.”

As reported by McClatchy D.C.:

Conservative lawmakers led by Thom Tillis are crafting a bill they call the conservative Dream Act that would provide a path to permanent residency to people brought here illegally as children, offering President Donald Trump an escape hatch on one of his most vexing immigration challenges.

The legislation creates an avenue for Trump to both fulfill a campaign promise to end an Obama-era program known as DACA while yielding to what appears to be his personal desire to let these immigrants remain in the country.

“Who cares about DACA if there’s a Dream Act,” said a Republican involved with the policy negotiations and aware of Tillis’ plan.

Previous reports noted that while Trump is planning to end DACA, he would still allow those already in the country on work permits to keep them until they expire. This new bill, however, gives him the political victory of keeping a campaign pledge while also allowing a more humanitarian solution for young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents:

The proposal would grant high school graduates without a serious criminal record conditional immigration status for a five-year period. During that time, if they earn a higher-education degree, serve in the military or stay employed, they could apply for permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship.

red-alert-FO-160x600About 2.5 million Dreamers would be eligible.

“It really is the conservative dreamer bill,” said a congressional source familiar with the plan.

Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for Tillis, confirmed that the North Carolina senator is working with Republican colleagues on “fair, but rigorous” legislation that will address “the long-term uncertainty facing undocumented minors.”

“Regardless of the policy itself, DACA is an executive overreach that sets immigration policy through executive order instead of the proper channel – Congress,” Keylin said. “It’s highly unlikely that DACA will survive a legal challenge, and it’s the responsibility of Congress, not the President, to offer a long-term legislative fix.”

Presidents have to make tough decisions, and it’s clear this one was anything but easy for the president. Tillis’ legislation, however, fixes the problem for almost everyone one involved and gives Trump an opportunity for a legislative and policy victory that is humane.

Obama should have never implemented DACA in the first place because as Keylin said, presidents don’t make laws, they implement them. That said, the parents of these Dreamer children bear the most responsibility.

That said, the parents of these Dreamer children bear the most responsibility.

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