After the Trump announcement by Sessions about the suspension of the program known as DACA……the usual repsonses were available on-line…..pretty much down party lines …..that is until the President and the Demos dropped a bomb on McConnell and Ryan.
President Trump is planning to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—but his actual position on the policy is still something of a mystery. Trump says he will look at his decision again if Congress can’t “legalize” DACA, the Hill reports. “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do),” the president tweeted Tuesday night. “If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” His tone was very different than that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who, when announcing the move, called DACA a “unilateral executive amnesty” that “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans” by causing them to go to “illegal aliens.” (As for whether DACA is illegal in the first place, the Daily Caller explains why it is; Quartz explains why it isn’t.)
Trump said he wanted the question of the 800,000 “Dreamers” who grew up in the US after being brought here illegally as children resolved with “heart and compassion—but through the lawful democratic process.” It is far from clear whether Congress will be able to pass any bill dealing with DACA in the next six months. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn says there is “no way” a stand-alone DACA bill will be taken up this month, with fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio indicating stand-alone is the way to go. “I think by and large, if you were able to have a stand-alone vote on a good product, [you] could pass it,” Rubio tells Politico. “If you start adding other things to it, that’s where I think it falls apart.”
Is DACA dead?
The goodwill between President Trump and Nancy Pelosi appears to be carrying over into Thursday: The House minority leader asked the president to tweet an assurance to Dreamers that they don’t face immediate deportation, and Trump did just that, reports the Hill. “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about — No action!” the president tweeted. The White House is phasing out the Obama-era protection of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, but Congress has six months to come up with a legislative alternative to allow them to stay in the country.
“I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it,” Trump said Wednesday. “We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” he added, referring to Chuck Schumer and Pelosi after their Oval Office meeting. Given that the fate of about 800,000 immigrants is now in legal limbo, however, Trump’s tweet wasn’t going over well with advocates. “You can’t sugarcoat the terror Trump has pushed on immigrants when he killed DACA,” Greisa Martinez Rosas of United We Dream tells CNN.
The Dems and Trump cut the GOP out of the process and left the obstructionists from 8 years ago in the dust as they spun out.
The GOP is butt hurt! And here is why….
Nobody, it seems, saw it coming. In a meeting with leaders of both parties Wednesday, President Trump bucked the GOP and cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government open and lift the debt ceiling. Consider that prior to the meeting, Paul Ryan called the idea of a three-month extension “ridiculous,” and during the meeting, Trump’s own treasury secretary was arguing for a longer extension when the president interrupted him to agree with the Democrats, reports CNN. The story uses phrases such as “shell-shocked” to describe the GOP reaction. An analysis at the New York Times calls the scenario that played out the “worst nightmare” for conservatives, that in which “political novice” Trump goes into deal-making mode and forsakes principles. “Talk about burning bridges with the grass roots,” says Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks. Related coverage:
- Mnuchin’s surprise: NBC News has details on the talks in the Oval Office and the moment Trump cut in on Treasury’s Steven Mnuchin, who was left “wounded” and “surprised” by the president’s contradiction of him. Later, though, Mnuchin said he “could not be happier” with the deal.
- Ivanka’s appearance: NBC says Trump brought in daughter Ivanka at one point to talk about a child care tax credit she has championed, and the Washington Examiner quotes a congressional aide present who says the move “visibly annoyed” GOP leaders because talks “careened off topic.”
- A pivot? In an online chat after the news broke, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight wrote, “I suppose one could interpret it as the start of a—the start of a word that begins with P, ends with T and has IVO in the middle.” He added later that it could be a pivot “toward Trump seeing how far he can get by working with Democrats.”
- Nervous about 2018: Trump’s move has Republicans worried about whether he’s too politically fickle to help them on the campaign trail for the 2018 midterms, reports Politico.
- December fight: The temporary extension sets up a “Christmas showdown” on Capitol Hill over government funding, reports Bloomberg, and the leader of the House Freedom Caucus fears that Trump gave Democrats all the leverage heading into that fight.
Nice play Mr. President.