IN TODAY’S EDITION
- President Trump’s decision to end DACA and pass it to Congress is the right one.
- Obama’s hysterical and cynical response to Trump’s action is vintage Obama.
- All while this debate rages, the vast majority of minorities don’t experience discrimination.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice…” —James Madison (1788)
By Louis DeBroux
The thorny issue of illegal immigration has divided America for more than half a century, and for more than half a century, Democrats have been dishonest and duplicitous in their negotiations with Republicans on how to fix it.
In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act. At the time, Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) promised, “[It] will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.” All of his promises were proven demonstrably false.
Two decades later, in an effort to deal with the estimated four million illegals residing in the U.S., Republican President Ronald Reagan made a Faustian bargain with Democrats, signing the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, which granted amnesty to illegals in exchange for Democrat promises to secure the border and prevent the hiring of illegals. Democrats got their amnesty; Reagan got empty promises and a tripling of the illegal alien population.
In 2006, Democrat Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Bill Nelson, Barbara Boxer, Debbie Stabenow and others voted for 700 miles of border fencing. At the time, Clinton said, “Well, look, I voted numerous times … to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in and I do think you have to control your borders.” Today many of those same senators are threatening to shut down the government if President Donald Trump keeps his promise to follow through on their promise.
In 2012, Obama, announcing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which essentially granted amnesty for an estimated 800,000 children of illegal aliens who arrived before the age of 16, claimed the action was temporary. He declared, “Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”
Obama had previously admitted numerous times that such action was not within his constitutional authority, yet when Congress, including many Democrats, failed to pass the DREAM Act, Obama spat on the Constitution and implemented DACA anyway.
That brings us to the latest leftist outrage du jour — President Trump’s decision to end DACA. Clarifying the process and timeline, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday that no new DACA applications will be considered after September 5th, but anyone with a DACA permit expiring between now and March 5, 2018, can apply for a two-year renewal. The program will also be extended until March 2018, giving Congress six months to craft a legislative solution, which is the constitutionally appropriate way.
Sessions said, “We are people of compassion and we are people of law, but there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. … The compassionate thing to do is end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders, in a way that advances the interests of the American people.”
President Trump followed, stating his desire to work with Congress to “resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion — but through the lawful democratic process.” Trump also said, “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.”
Imagine that; a president who respects the Constitution and its limitations and restraints on his own power.
It should be no surprise that Democrats are hysterical, claiming that ending Obama’s “temporary” program is cruel, heartless, racist and will cause New York to be completely submerged in five years (oops, sorry … different hysterical outrage).
The reality is that the United States already takes in more immigrants than any other country. Another reality is that there are more than seven billion people on Earth, almost all with a lower standard of living than the average American, and we simply do not have the resources to bring them all here.
Despite the lamentations of the progressive prevaricators, Trump has created a real opportunity to deal with this divisive issue once and for all, indicating his willingness to extend legal status to DREAMers in exchange for secure borders, an end to illegal immigration, and putting the needs of American citizens first.
Showing good faith, immigration hawk Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) offered his support for a compromise, saying, “We ought to take care of [DREAMers]” who came to America illegally “through no fault of their own.”
The problem of incentivizing illegal immigration can be resolved by securing the border before offering any kind of amnesty, as well as passing the RAISE Act, which prioritizes legal immigration based on America’s needs, reducing low-skilled migration and strictly limiting chain migration. The disingenuousness of the Democrat position is revealed in their response to the effects of Trump’s enforcement of our immigration laws, which has already led to a significant reduction in illegal border crossers. Progressives now complain that the reduction in illegal labor is driving U.S. farm wages up. But isn’t that what they said they wanted?
It’s time for Congress to do right by the American people and serve their interests, rather than the interests of illegals and corporations seeking cheap labor. It’s time to secure the border and establish a rational immigration system based on the needs of the American people. Ending lawless executive amnesties is a good start.
President Donald Trump acted Tuesday to rescind Barack Obama’s controversial and unconstitutional 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Trump emphasized, “I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act. We will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion — but through the lawful democratic process — while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve.”
Unlike former presidents who have had enough personal humility and respect for this nation, its history and the office to refrain from directly criticizing their successors, Obama sees himself as being above such decorum. Following Trump’s DACA announcement, Obama took to Facebook, raging that Trump’s decision is “cruel” and a violation of “basic decency.” Worse, he scolded the president with his favorite moralizing cudgel, “It’s about who we are as a people.” Which prompts the question: Is Obama’s view of America one of a nation where law and order are merely subjective suggestions that lack any real meaning or limiting power? A country without laws is no country at all.
Obama also explained his own decision, saying, “I asked Congress to send me such a bill. The bill never came. And … my administration acted.” That’s not how our constitutional system works. You’d think a “constitutional law professor” would know better. He did once upon a time, and then political gain came knocking.
In 2013, he taunted, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”
Well, Trump did.
No, Mr. Obama, it is not Trump who lacks “basic decency” on this issue, it is you. It is you who lack a basic respect for the Rule of Law and the borders that define this great nation, which were designed to protect American citizens first and foremost. It was you, Obama, who thumbed your nose at American citizens and our laws in order to promote your own globalist social agenda. And now you’re upset that Trump wants to restore constitutional order to how laws are made. How pathetically cynical.
A recent study finds that only 25% of Americans say they have ever experienced discrimination. The study, conducted by Brian Boutwell, a criminology professor from Saint Louis University, surveyed 14,000 Americans across all racial backgrounds. He found that 27% of Hispanics, 31% of blacks, 23% of whites and 18% of Asians surveyed claimed to have experienced discrimination “sometimes” or “often.” The findings suggest that discrimination is less prevalent than is often assumed, especially in light of today’s polarized political climate and raging debate over DACA in particular.
Boutwell cautioned, “People have rightly pointed out that 25 percent of the population is a lot of people. That’s still millions of people. That’s far higher than what we’d like to see.” Most people surveyed believed that “race” was the largest motivating factor behind unfair treatment. Boutwell noted that another potentially growing factor may be political beliefs. He states, “If anyone feels that their political alignment creates blowback for them in daily life, that’s one possibility … a reasonable one, given the data on political polarization.”
Certainly Dennis Prager thinks this is true, writing, “Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear ostracism by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, job loss and the inability to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that coming out as conservative or pro-Trump is not worth the persecution they would endure.”
It’s also worth noting that surveys like this rely on data that is obtained via the subjective perception of individuals’ experiences. What someone perceives may not accurately reflect the reality of what they have experienced. However, contrary to what is preached by race hustlers and social justice warriors, America is a broadly accepting and Liberty-loving nation. Americans’ recent response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey typifies this spirit more than fascist malcontents rioting in the streets.
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Texas churches sue FEMA for relief funds (World)
Appeals court reinstates strict Texas voter ID law (The Washington Times)
Gowdy says FBI, Justice Department not cooperating on Trump dossier: “We got nothing” (The Washington Times)
Justice Department drops defense of Obama OT rule (The Washington Free Beacon)
Law professors celebrate “bourgeois norms,” attacked as racists (The Federalist)
Charlottesville Part 2? Council votes to remove “Stonewall” Jackson statue (Fox News)
Why U.S. colleges are the world’s best and way too expensive (Washington Examiner)
Silicon Valley conservatives report being too afraid to use the industry’s products for political expression (Washington Examiner)
Good News? Robots will take only 9% of jobs, not 38% says new study (Reason)
Policy: A fair DACA deal. (National Review)
Policy: Technology is outsmarting net neutrality. (American Enterprise Institute)
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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Where the Battle for America Must Really Be Won — Nothing fosters division more than the leftist indoctrination happening in our public schools.
- If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism — From Prager University. Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent?
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Rich Lowry: Trump Gets DACA Right
- Dennis Prager: Conservatives in America — Like Marranos in Medieval Spain
- Ben Shapiro: If Republicans Don’t Make a Move, They Deserve to Lose
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Ben Shapiro: “Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, knowing full well that a Republican president could get rid of it with the stroke of a pen. But he also knew that Republicans would not want to be responsible for changing the status quo — they wouldn’t want to own the political consequences of allowing the deportation of DACA recipients. And Obama was completely right. Republicans promised for years that they would get rid of Obama’s executive amnesty if given power. Finally, President Trump has pledged to get rid of it … in six months. And everyone knows that he is willing to trade away DACA enforcement for border-wall funding. The Democratic status quo will win out, one way or another. Now, quickly: Name the last transformational conservative change Republicans have made — a change to the field of play; any change that would redound to the detriment of Democrats. It’s pretty tough. That’s despite Republican control of the legislature and the presidency from 2002 to 2006; that’s a longer period of unified control than Democrats had from 2008 to 2010. Republicans have unified control of government once again. But they seem less willing to use it than ever, afraid that their tenuous control will dissipate. That must end. If Republicans hope to set a foundation for future victory, they’ll need to do more than act as an impediment to bad Democratic ideas. They’ll need to take political risks in order to shift the playing field itself. If they don’t, they’ll lose quickly. And they’ll deserve to lose.”
Upright: “Democrats love to say that Trump is violating constitutional norms. Well, Obama violated them when he unilaterally implemented DAPA and DACA. The Supreme Court threw out DAPA and — if Gorsuch had been on the court — it probably would have quashed DACA too. By winding down DACA — slowly — and asking Congress to find a legislative fix, Trump is returning us to a constitutional norm. That liberal congressmen are scandalized by being asked to fulfill their constitutional duties tells you more about the expediency of contemporary liberalism than it does about Trump.” —Jonah Goldberg
Confessions: “DACA was [an] executive order. … It is [on shaky legal ground]. That’s why we need to pass a law, and we should do it.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Braying Jenny: “To say nothing of his use of the word illegal aliens, which is offensive to a lot of people, and not correct.” —NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s retort to the DACA announcement (The term “illegal alien” is exactly the correct legal term, and it’s only “offensive” because leftists politicized it.)
Alpha Jackass: “The organizing and activating of these extremists, these white supremacists, really could have a detrimental effect on the entire culture of New Hampshire.” —Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party, on a new voter registration effort aimed at working class New Hampshirites
Pompous Jackass: “When I think about how crime’s gone down for four years, graduation rates up, test scores are up, more jobs than ever in our history — I think, ‘Wow, just that quick profile, any candidate anywhere would want it.’ You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history that we’re living in.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in the same interview bemoaned, “I think Trump is much more than a New Yorker. Trump is a spoiled brat.”
And last… “By the way, does the statue of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman qualify for removal? He once explained his reluctance to enlist former slaves, writing, ‘I am honest in my belief that it is not fair to our men to count negroes as equals … [but] is not a negro as good as a white man to stop a bullet?’ It’s difficult to determine where this purging of the nation’s history should end.” —Walter Williams
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