Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant this morning railing against the concept of due process for immigrants who come to America.
In a series of tweets, the Trumpster demanded that Congress enact new laws that would allow law enforcement at the U.S. border to kick out people entering the country “just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn.”
Along the way, he called current laws “INSANE” and denouncing the process of legal proceedings by judges in immigration cases.
Congress must pass smart, fast and reasonable Immigration Laws now. Law Enforcement at the Border is doing a great job, but the laws they are forced to work with are insane. When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our……..
…..Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. Tell the people “OUT,” and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn. Hiring thousands of “judges” does not work and is not acceptable – only Country in the World that does this!
The House on Wednesday soundly rejected a wide-ranging GOP immigration bill that would have funded President Trump’s border wall, offered young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and partially addressed the family-separation crisis at the southwest border.
The bill failed on a vote of 301 to 121 despite a last-minute tweet — in all caps — of support from Trump, the backing of GOP leadership and weeks of negotiations between conservatives and moderate Republicans who sought an elusive intraparty compromise.
But the GOP has been unable to bridge the divide between hard-liners aligned with Trump and moderates intent on addressing the fate of immigrants known as “dreamers.”
Highlighting the GOP’s failure to achieve consensus on any immigration-related legislation, Republican aides said he House would not vote this week on a narrower measure aimed squarely at the separation policy, amid disputes between Congress and the White House on how far such a bill should go.
With immigration reform now being kicked down the road yet again, the only legislative achievement Donald Trump will be able to tout on the mid-term campaign trail this fall will be his tax cuts.
Here’s the Donald’s all-caps tweet from earlier today, plus a few other thoughts from the Twitterverse:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!
So-called moderate Republicans folded & destroyed the best chance Congress had to provide a permanent legislative fix for our immigration system, & all they have to show for it is a failed bill that would have sold out Dreamers, families, asylum seekers & children at the border.
I usually tune into late night talk shows for folks to say something funny or clever.
But in this short segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes succinctly breaks down what’s really behind today’s anti-immigration debate.
In discussing his trip to the southern border of the United States to examine immigration issues, Hayes is asked about Donald Trump going to Duluth, Minnesota, for a campaign rally and raging about ‘the border’ to his supporters there – in a state that isn’t directly impacted by folks crossing any ‘border’ into their state.
So – why do they rage? Because white folks are afraid America won’t be ‘America’ if our demographics shift.
Said Hayes, “It’s not actually ‘the border.’ It’s this idea of ‘invasion.’ The country is changing in ways they don’t like. The border is a convenient metaphor for that anxiety.”
President Trump asserted on Sunday that immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge, an escalation of his attacks on the judicial system.
It was another twist in an already head-spinning series of developments on immigration after the president reversed a policy last week that had resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families.
The call to abandon due process on Sunday in some ways echoed part of his executive order, which seeks to detain immigrant families indefinitely, a stance that courts have said violates the rights of the children. But on Sunday, Mr. Trump went further, saying no judges at all were needed to process immigration cases.
The ACLU responded to Trump’s call to eliminate due process for migrants: “What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional. Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally.”
We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents…
….Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!
To everyone who has tweeted back, “Not me, I can PROVE I’m a citizen” — you miss the point. Without due process, who will you “prove” it to? Where will you show your proof? A right to a hearing / judicial review protects ALL of us. https://t.co/6vfJckx4Uu
Donald Trump celebrated Easter by taking to Twitter and ranting about immigration saying “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”
Did you catch that last part – “NO MORE DACA DEAL!”
Just last week Trump was telling Dreamers it was the Democrats who weren’t trying to solve the DACA issue. Now he’s saying, “NO MORE DACA DEAL!”
He also berated Mexico for “doing very little, at stopping folks at the border.
Interestingly, Trump doesn’t seem to understand exactly what DACA is.
He added that “These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!”
The DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is only for recipients who have entered the United States before their 16th birthday and prior to June 2007.
There’s no getting “in on the act.” Either you were in the U.S. before 2007 or you’re not eligible.
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!
In the spirit of Passover and Easter, our president tweets: “NO MORE DACA DEAL!”— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 1, 2018
My favorite Bible story just might be the one where Jesus rage-tweets NO MORE DACA DEAL while yelling at his television on Easter morning and then heads off for an afternoon of golf at Galilee-a-Lago.— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) April 1, 2018
During a meeting on the MS-13 gang, Donald Trump announced he supports a government shutdown if Democrats won’t agree to tighten immigration laws:
“If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”
Trump’s comments came at 2:33pm today.
At 3:50pm, White House press secretary Sarah Huckbee Sanders walked that back telling the press, “We are not advocating for a shutdown.”
During a meeting on the MS-13 gang, Trump said he supports a government shutdown if Democrats won’t agree to tighten immigration laws: “If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. … I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.” https://t.co/IghwpT0aPrpic.twitter.com/rlUMfOu7WD
You could get whiplash following the story of whether or not Donald Trump has agreed to work with Democrats in Congress on solving the issue of DACA.
Last night Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced, after a dinner meeting at the White House, that Trump had agreed to support legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the states.
President Trump confirmed on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border.
Mr. Trump’s comments, both in Washington and in Florida, affirmed the broad parameters of an agreement that Democratic leaders unilaterally announced Wednesday night after dinner with the president at the White House.
In remarks to reporters as he left the White House on Thursday, Mr. Trump said, “We’re working on a plan for DACA,” referring to protections for immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He confirmed, “the wall will come later.”
Mr. Trump’s comments seemed to contradict his own Twitter posts early Thursday morning when he said, “no deal was made last night on DACA.” But they were very much in line with Democratic leaders’ statements. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, also stopped short of calling their agreement a “deal” on Thursday.
But she told reporters, “We agreed to a plan to protect our nation’s Dreamers from deportation,” adding that there would be a “border security measure that does not include a wall” included in immigration legislation.
Trump on DACA: We’re not looking at citizenship or amnesty, “we’re looking at allowing people to stay here” https://t.co/5WP4pKOjGg
After surprising many with his flirtation yesterday afternoon with possible legal status for undocumented immigrants, the idea was not included in President Trump’s address to a joint sessions of Congress.
Many are curious about what happened between Trump’s lunch with TV news anchors and the actual speech in the Capitol last night.
The session with the television anchors started out as a nod to tradition by a president who has broken so many. Like his predecessors on the day of a State of the Union address, Mr. Trump hosted the journalists for what was supposed to be an unrecorded lunch to give them a sense of what he would tell Congress. But the conversation took a surprising turn when some of the anchors asked about his efforts to deport many of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. Without being prompted, Mr. Trump then raised the idea of legislation, noting that there had not been any comprehensive law passed by Congress on the subject since Ronald Reagan’s amnesty program in the 1980s.
He told the anchors it was time for a bill that would grant legal status to many of those in the country illegally as long as both sides compromised, similar to the legislation sought but never passed by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Mr. Trump said he recognized that it would cause him political problems with his conservative base voters, according to people in the room, but added that he thought he could keep them happy since they had stuck with him throughout last year’s Republican primaries.
When Mr. Trump offered the idea, he let the word “compromise” hang in the air, gauging the reaction. He then turned to Hope Hicks, his director of strategic communications, and suggested that the thought could be added to his speech.
As Mr. Trump’s words settled over the State Dining Room, the president’s aides glanced at one another. They moved quickly to alert Mr. Bannon and Mr. Miller, two of the main keepers of Mr. Trump’s address before Congress.
And there, we find the answer: Bannon and Miller were not about to allow their protege some kind of political compromise. “Compromise” has yet to be added to this administration’s vocabulary.
Most political experts, when they heard of the idea being floated, did not buy into such prospects.