The God-King has a ‘clever’ plan to duck the blame for whatever happens with DREAMers…. (More)
“The president still took a coward’s way out”
Faced with a no-win situation, the God-King has reportedly decided to put Senate and House Republicans in a no-win situation:
President Donald Trump has decided to scrap a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children but will give Congress six months to craft legislation to replace it, sources familiar with the situation said.
The president decided to delay enforcement of his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the two sources said on Sunday. One source cautioned that the president could change his mind.
The decision to give Congress half a year to come up with a an alternative, first reported by Politico, represents a compromise of sorts after top Republicans and business leaders asked Trump to keep the program.
If Congress pass a legislative version – and a bill like Sen. Thom Tillis’ proposal might win veto-proof majorities in both chambers – the God-King can tell his base: “I tried to kick Those People out, but Congress wouldn’t let me!”
And if hardline Republicans spike the legislation – by adding funding for a border wall or some other wingnut poison pill – the God-King can tell DREAMers: “Don’t blame me … Congress wouldn’t pass a bill!”
Or at least that’s how he hopes it will play out, according to the Washington Monthly’s David Atkins:
If Trump were a true populist, he would ride on a wave of public sentiment against his own party. But bigotry and white supremacy are core values of this administration, even if it means cratering further in public opinion. Angering liberals pleases Trump of its own accord, and watching the howls of righteous indignation from every left- and center-leaning group in the United States makes Trump and his petty, terrified supporters feel tough and powerful at the thought of armed white men deporting defenseless non-white children to a country they have never known.
But in true Trumpian fashion, the president still took a coward’s way out. Rather than simply end DACA outright or continue it outright, he is giving a six-month window to end it. This functionally means kicking the can to Congress, which will be forced to decide the issue of DACA’s renewal. This will not please Republicans in the House and Senate, most of whom know that the party’s post-Trump future with Hispanic voters depends on them distancing themselves from the barbaric cruelty of Trump and his red state attorneys general, but who also cannot afford to upset Trump’s white nationalist base. Congressional Republicans will also be dealing with a full scale revolt not just from the expected left-leaning advocacy groups and mass protests, but from corporate America as well. Just today Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company stands with the Dreamers. Expect most of the rest of corporate America to follow suit in the coming months.
But it’s even worse than that. Trump’s calculus is likely to use DACA kids as a hostage, a bargaining chip to hold against Congress in exchange for Trump’s other unpopular priorities including his border wall and tax cuts for the rich. This puts Republicans in Congress in a double bind: either support funding for a pointless and unpopular wall, or take the blame from the President and from Democrats for killing DACA.
The God-King probably thinks throwing Senate and House Republicans in the briar patch is ‘leadership.’
“Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago”
Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress – rather than the executive branch – is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress, the two sources said.
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”
Well sure, they should have. In 2013, the Senate passed the so-called ‘Gang of 8’ immigration bill by a 68-32 vote. Unofficial whip counts found a similar majority in the House, but then-Speaker John Boehner clung to the ‘Hastert Rule’ that requires “a majority of the majority [party]” to bring a bill to the floor. So a bill supported by most members of Congress – and most Americans – was blocked by roughly 27% of the U.S. House.
Yes, the Hastert Rule imposes a higher threshold than the Senate filibuster, but only in the majority party’s favor. And ‘constitutional conservatives’ think that’s just fine. Well, it’s fine until Democrats win a House majority….
I’d like to think House Republicans’ intransigence – Rep. Steve King (R-IA) insists the God-King should rescind DACA and start the deportations immediately – would help Democrats retake the House in 2018. But that will be very difficult, no matter how disgusted Americans are with the GOP. FiveThirtyEight’s David Wasserman crunched the numbers and found an unprecedented pro-GOP tilt: Democrats would need an almost 6-point nationwide margin to regain a House majority.
Add it all together, and things look very grim for DREAMers. The God-King will blame Congress, and House hardliners know they have almost nothing to fear.
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