Late Sunday night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a monumental announcement: he was abandoning President Trump’s ridiculous plans for a huge border wall. Instead, he would act like a true congressman and work to find a bipartisan solution.
In an act of extraordinary statesmanship, McCain worked with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) to draft a bill to address immigration issues in advance of the impending government budget crisis.
So called “dreamers” have existed in limbo since Trump unilaterally discontinued the system that prevented the possibility of deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a lifeline to these longtime U.S. residents.
The application process was stringent. All DACA recipients must: have arrived in the U.S. before 2007, be younger than 31 as of June 2012, have “nearly spotless” criminal records, and have a high school diploma (or be currently enrolled in high school). About 1.3 million people would qualify for DACA. Around 800,000 are currently a part of the program.
These are very real people who are living in fear.
#Dreamer Fatima Diaz came to the U.S. at 11 months of age. She's now a full-time student at Sacramento State.
"I get up, I go to school, and I pledge allegiance to the flag like everyone else."
— Assembly Democrats (@AssemblyDems) January 11, 2018
But to Donald Trump, these people are pawns in his quest to prove his amazing negotiation skills. He has not once focused on the humanity of these people, instead speaking of them like a monolith, a bargaining chip to get his way.
Look at this amazing expression of compassion at the beginning of January 2018:
DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018
This president seems completely unable to make a deal. Previously, Republicans and Democrats presented him with a bipartisan deal addressing immigration. During this meeting, he exhibited a profound lack of understanding, not grasping any of the nuance of his position or the positions of both Republicans or Democrats. Instead, he insulted an entire continent, to the shame of Americans everywhere.
Democrats have come to the table over and over and over again. It seems their mistake is assuming that President Trump is interested or invested in making a deal that aids anyone but himself. But the reality is this: Donald is incapable of making a deal.
Donald is just fixated on building a useless monument to himself: A WALL. We’ve previously reported on his shallow obsession:
‘He’s described his ideal border as as: a wall, a great wall, a big and beautiful wall, a serious wall, a real wall, an impenetrable wall, a physical wall, a tall wall, a powerful wall, and a beautiful wall.’
Both Democrats and Republicans have seen the light and have decided that the burden for a real immigration solution will not be reached if Trump is at all involved with the process.
They are remembering that the legislature is a co-equal branch of the government, not beholden to the whims of an incoherent executive branch.
McCain and Coons’ bill:
‘…stops well short of almost all of the president’s demands—including immediate funding for the wall along the southern border—and is likely to meet a chilly reception from conservative Republicans.’
We predicted yesterday that Donald Trump would take this proper execution of legislative action as a personal insult. And boy, were we right. This morning, Trump tore into it:
Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time. March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
The irony that Trump seems to have forgotten that he swore the U.S. would not pay for the wall in the first place is not lost on regular Americans:
Stop holding Dreamers hostage to build a wall. Didn’t you claim Mexico was supposed to pay for it?
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 5, 2018
It’s becoming clear to everyone that Trump is determined to build this ineffectual wall no matter the human or monetary cost:
Translation: “I’m going to hurt people you care about unless you give me money. What? You’re not scrambling to give me money? You must not really care about the people I’m about to hurt.”
There’s a word for this, but I can’t remember what it is. Rhymes with schmextortion.
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) February 5, 2018
According to CNN, the White House slammed the proposed legislation:
‘A White House official rebuffed the effort, telling CNN that it takes “a lot of effort” to write up a bill worse than the Graham-Durbin immigration bill, but somehow “this one is worse.”‘
The Senate bill is not the only bipartisan legislation that ignores Trump’s wall tantrum. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) are will introduce similar legislation in the house. They have 27 co-sponsors from each party.
Trump’s descent into selfishness is official:
They made a deal and you rejected it. Twice. This is literally all your fault. https://t.co/NfMjMFfc22
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) February 5, 2018
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