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“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible”

That’s from the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops:

The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.

You should read their entire statement. It’s thoughtful and powerful.

And a Politico/Morning Consult poll shows most Americans agree:

A majority of voters, 58 percent, think these undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, should be allowed to stay and become citizens if they meet certain requirements – a sentiment that goes well beyond the existing DACA program. Another 18 percent think they should be allowed to stay and become legal residents, but not citizens. Only 15 percent think they should be removed or deported from the country.

Support for allowing these immigrants to remain in the U.S. spans across party lines: 84 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans think they should stay.

Even two-thirds of self-identified Trump voters agree. Only a quarter of the God-King’s voters want DREAMers deported. And the God-King is already signaling that that tiny minority will probably get their way:

In the “DACA talking points” memo, the White House laid out a number of bullet points for supporters on Tuesday’s announcement outlining the administration’s action. One bullet point suggests DACA participants should prepare to leave the country.

“The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States – including proactively seeking travel documentation – or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the memo says.

That’s not quite inevitable, yet. FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon counted noses and found just enough votes in both the Senate and House to pass a ‘clean’ DACA bill:

That’s why I would conclude that there is a possibility that majorities in both chambers would pass this legislation … if it gets to a formal vote. Of course, that’s a big if that basically comes down to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s willingness to bring legislation to the floor that would pass with a majority of Democrats but a minority of Republicans voting yes. That’s something Congressional leaders have been loathe to do.

Republicans have an escape route here: Blame the whole DACA problem on Obama and his love – in the GOP view – of executive overreach, and then pass some bill to make sure DACA recipients can’t be deported. But the last seven months have illustrated that Trump and the Republicans in Washington struggle to agree and pass much of anything.

But the Klanmaster General is already busy spreading lies about DREAMers and he convinced the God-King to rescind DACA. So yeah, it may ruin the GOP in the long term, but my guess is enough Republicans think they can overcome that with better voter suppression.

“It doesn’t matter because the bias is built in”

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh is telling his listeners that warnings about Hurricane Irma are coming from a giant conspiracy of Big Water, Home Depot, Al Gore, and … well, pretty much everyone who isn’t a wingnut:

Everybody says, “What do you think is going to happen?” The reason for that is that I’m not biased and I have no agenda with my analysis of the data. The data is what it is. But – and I don’t want to overdo this – but I do want to share with you the way I react to and listen. Do you realize here in south Florida, from where we are all the way down to Miami, you cannot buy bottled water. This hurricane, if it hits us, is not supposed to hit us until Sunday. It was never going to hit us before Sunday.

Even last week when it first popped up and when the first forecast models appeared and then the Hurricane Center track forecast, it was always a-ten-day-out event from the first day they started forecasting it. So how in the world does panic get created? How in the world is it that there isn’t any bottled water? And why does that cause a panic? Has anybody ever heard of the tap? I’m sure you have some empty water bottles from previous usage. Just put them under the faucet and fill it up. In many ways, it’s the same stuff you’re buying at the grocery store. You may not know that, but it is.

Tap water is entirely safe, and nobody can hoard it away from you. It’s in your house every day in whatever amounts that you want. But people have been conditioned to believe that tap water is dirty, is dangerous, and might cause them to get sick. So they avoid it.

You know, if I were the Big Oil guys I’d be so jealous of the Big Water guys.[…]

The reason that I am leery of forecasts this far out, folks, is because I see how the system works. Now, I don’t mean this to be a personal attack on anybody, but the one thing that’s undeniable throughout our culture is that everything has been politicized. And in that sense much of our public information system, including from the government, from the Drive-By Media, has been corrupted. It has been corrupted by the individual biases and whatever present bigotry of the people who hold these positions.

You can see it in the way the Deep State deals with Trump. You can see it with the way the intelligence community and the Washington establishment deal with Trump. So in the case of a hurricane, what happens? Well, there are many levels here. When a hurricane pops up – and we can’t forget Hurricane Harvey because Hurricane Harvey and the TV pictures that accompany that go a long way to helping further and create the panic.

Now, in the official meteorological circles, you have an abundance of people who believe that man-made climate change is real. And they believe that Algore is correct when he has written – and he couldn’t be more wrong – that climate change is creating more hurricanes and stronger hurricanes. And, of course, when Harvey hit, it was the first hurricane that had hit in 12 years. There haven’t been more hurricanes and no more dangerous than any others in previous years.

But it doesn’t matter because the bias is built in. So there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.

So sensible Floridians with decades of experience with hurricanes and know they need to prepare early … are all part of “a desire to advance this climate change agenda.”

I won’t even go into the data that show hurricanes have indeed become stronger, or the ridiculously irrelevant factoid that Harvey was the first hurricane in 11 years to make landfall in the United States. The past few years have seen plenty of history-making typhoons and tropical cyclones in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Limbaugh bets on its audience’s ignorance of that fact …

… and with his audience that’s a safe bet. I doubt most of them even know that, in the past week, 1400 people have died and over 13,000 have been stricken with malaria and other waterborne diseases in a worst-in-a-decade flood in India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. In fact, I doubt most of them could find India on a map of India. Just sayin’.

I’d go on, but the rest would be a string of four-letter invective. So I’ll just stop here with the old adage: This is why we can’t have good things.

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Photo Credit: ABC News

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Good day and good nuts