Trump Lied – He Does Not Want Congress to Replace DACA

When Trump tasked his attorney general, racist Jeff Sessions, to announce to Dreamers that if Congress does not develop a replacement for the DACA program within six months they would be deported, he was treading a fine line. Of course he was sending a message to Trump’s white nativist supporters that he was taking another step to “make America white,” but he also pretended Trump was heeding advice from prominent Republican leaders. It was less than a week ago that several Republicans joined the business sector in appealing to Trump to either leave DACA in place or allow congressional Republicans to come up with a “humanitarian” solution to allow the Dreamers to remain in “their home country.”

However, if one listened to Jeff Sessions, Trump’s intent is clear;  there is no solution that doesn’t include deporting about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who ended up in America through no fault of their own. Trump has to conform to his angry base’s insistence that nothing less than mass deportations will please them.

That point was made crystal clear by a self-confessed “anti-Latino” Republican, Steve King (R-IA). King was livid at the thought of Trump delaying an end to DACA and he “tweeted” an opinion embraced by Trump and his nativist devotees. King tweeted:

Ending DACA now gives chance [to] restore Rule of Law. Delaying so [Republican] Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide.”

First, it is unlikely the Republican leadership will find support to “fix DACA” because the extremist House Freedom Caucus (teabaggers) that Steve King is a member of are vehemently opposed to immigrants, documented or not. They are the alt-right.

Second, and more importantly, Sessions comments confirm that the administration is not concerned about a “humanitarian fix” based on a couple of lies typical of Trump and far-right xenophobes about the danger of Hispanic immigrants.

Sessions lied and said:

The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern (sic) border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.”

A pathological liar like his boss Trump, Sessions’ claim that DACA “contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border” is patently false According to the Koch brothers’ Cato Institute. Sessions was parroting a tired and overused assertion touted by far-right xenophobes that immigrants pose a “terrible humanitarian consequences” to white people. However, according to a study published in a peer-reviewed academic journal, International Migration, any surge in unaccompanied minors actually began in 2008: President Obama’s executive action creating DACA was four-and-a-half years later, in June 2012.

There are quite a few reasons for the influx in unaccompanied minors from Latin American nations, but they had nothing to do with Barack Obama’s DACA program; a fact even a memory challenged idiot like Sessions knows to be a natural fact.

In the waning days of the 2008, one of the final pieces of legislation that passed both Houses of Congress without controversy and signed into law by President George W. Bush, was the “Willian Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. It was named after a 19th Century British abolitionist and touted by George W. Bush as “very effecting in stopping human trafficking.” And it is noteworthy that not only was the legislation not controversial, White House spokesman Tony Fratto saidThis is a piece of legislation we’re very proud to sign.

As further proof that DACA had nothing to do with a “surge in unaccompanied minors,” any undocumented children who arrived in America after DACA’s implementation did not qualify for the program. According to President Obama’s executive order:

Only those individuals who have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 and were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 are eligible to receive DACA status.”

Sessions was also lying when he repeated a favorite nativistfalse narrative” that DACA has “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans” by allowing those same jobs to go to undocumented immigrant children. The line is a favorite of anti-immigration crusaders who claim that besides bringing drugs, diseases, and death to white Americans, immigrant children have been sneaking across the Southern border specifically to participate in the DACA program with the express purpose of  “stealing Americans’ jobs.”

Like nearly everything Republicans, and particularly Trump Republicans claim; there is no real evidence that DACA recipients have taken any jobs from any Americans, much less “hundreds of thousands” of them.

However, there is overwhelming evidence that “killing DACA will do significant damage to America’s economy.” It is why the business sector warned Trump against rescinding DACA; a fact that Sessions knows to be true but he “conveniently omitted” that fact from his announcement.

According to research conducted by the Center for American Progress, when the DACA program is abolished, its former participants will lose their work permits and their jobs prior to being thrown out of the only country they know as home.  That works out to roughly 30,000 people losing their jobs every month that will reduce national GDP by $208 billion to $433 billion over the next decade. And, according to the libertarian belief tank the Cato Institute, the death of DACA will cost employers a little over $2 billion and cost the federal government about $60 billion.   Despite what the lying Trump administration claims, the racist decision to end DACA is not “a job-saver;” it is a job-killer.

The economic damage of killing off DACA is exactly why the business sector opposes putting an end to the program. But Trump’s feint of allowing Congress six months to replace DACA (he has no intention of preserving it) has nothing to do with the economy or humanitarianism; he wants it ended to sate his and his racist, nativist supporters’ lust for a “whiter” America.

It doesn’t matter one iota if Trump gave Congress six hours, six days, six months or six years to “replace DACA;” any effort will be stopped in its tracks by Republican extremists in the House Freedom Caucus and their teabagger cohorts in the Senate. Trump knows DACA, for all intents and purposes, is on its deathbed. If he thought anyone with a brain believed he was acquiescing to the appeals of a few Republicans and the business sector by giving Congress a six month window to fix DACA, he is stupider than his racist supporters.

Trump probably understands at this juncture in his failed presidency that the only support he maintains is from evangelical fanatics and racist nativists that comprise the Nazi “alt-right.” It is true he gave Congress six months to fix DACA before it “officially” expires, but he really ended the program because nothing will please him and his asshole devotees more than deporting 800,000 Hispanic immigrants.

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At Campaign Stop Trump Ravages Immigrants As Knife-Wielding Animals

If one believes Trump, America is worse off than war-ravaged Afghanistan and Syria combined and there is no hope for a people or nation under siege from “those foreigners.” It is little wonder there is an explosion in neo-Nazis and fascist white power groups and it is not just because Trump has given them the “space to destroy” with impunity; something they are eternally grateful for. Trump was at it again this week in the heartland riling up the base against immigrants and he fairly outdid his campaign fear-mongering from last year.

In keeping with his divisive rhetoric to incite his acolytes, on the campaign trail in Youngstown Ohio during a “make America great again” circus rally, Trump alerted his devotees that America is now under wartime occupation. That being the case in Trump’s tiny little mind, he said the nation now has to be liberated from what he called animals and gang members he asserted were bringing illegal drugs, violence, and horrible bloodshed to peaceful neighbors across America. It is the same scary stump speech he started delivering over a year ago.

It is noteworthy that Trump failed to cite any specific examples of the “horrible bloodshed” plaguing America’s peaceful neighborhoods, but he was confident that didn’t have to. His idiot followers want to believe their nation is a deadly cesspool that needs an authoritarian dictator to “liberate” the occupied (white) people from (not white) immigrants.

Trump ramped up his campaign’s scary stump speech and portrayed immigrants as enemy occupiers and a dire threat to “young girls” he claimed were being “sliced and diced” by knife wielding animals. Seriously, the punk in the Oval laid it on extraordinarily thick and one imagines it has a lot to do with distracting his bootlickers from his collusion and corruption problems. His acolytes ate it up and cheered their hero on.

Trump garnered adoring applause when he told Ohioans how dangerous their lives are and how they are lucky to be alive because he is saving them from knife-wielding animals who take pleasure in cutting up little girls. He claimed immigrants are like animals, and they are not using guns to kill people “because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough.” According to the fear-monger in chief, those immigrants:

Take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.”

After portraying life in America as a deadly experience, he “came to the rescue” and naturally boasted that he is “liberating” beleaguered, battered and bloody Americans from the occupiers by evicting them from what he claims is a cesspool.

One by one, we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals, and killers. And we are sending them the hell back home where they came from.

And once they are gone, we will never let them back in, believe me. The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people – these beautiful, beautiful, innocent young people – will find no safe haven anywhere in our country.”

He also claimed that because he is president “people are screaming from their windows, thank you, thank you to the border patrol that come in and grab these thugs and throw them the hell out. We’re liberating our towns, and we’re liberating our cities. Can you believe we have to do that?”

Then he said that “this is not being done in a politically correct fashion. We’re doing it rough” to more wild applause.

Trump also boasted that, like a real tyrant, he is cracking down on American cities because they are refusing to follow his edicts and “do it rough” to immigrants. He is particularly angry because local law enforcement officials are not assigning their officers to go hunt down,  round up and arrest immigrants like Hitler’s Brownshirts. As an aside, Trump’s Department of Justice is making moves to withhold federal grants to local law enforcement if the police departments and high-ranking officials continue refusing to be “not politically correct” immigration officers that “do it rough” to immigrants – the great overwhelming majority who are not criminals, not gang members, and not animals that have developed the physiology and foresight to carry knives and cut up little girls.

According to local law enforcement officials, including police chiefs from the major cities across the nation, if they do what Trump demands it “will make their job[s] of fighting local crime more difficult as it will deter witnesses and victims from coming forward.”  That little bit of information never made it into Trump’s fear mongering speech for good reason; it would make him look like the clueless blowhard he really is and right in front of the clueless faithful.

It is noteworthy to mention that the preponderance of those arrested under Trump’s slash and burn immigrant policy have not committed a violent crime; the great majority have committed no crime except being brown in Trump’s white America. In fact, between January 22 and April 29 of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have made 10,800 “non-criminal arrests” compared to just 4,200 in the same period last year. There have been myriad reports of entire families being ripped apart in the majority of those “non-criminal arrests” and they have been widely reported in all manner of media. Curiously, none of Trump’s acolytes are aware of those oft-reported facts.

It is getting more difficult each passing day to understand why Trump’s followers continue cheering what they know are deliberate lies and scare tactics. Oh it is true that Americans are under an occupation force and face a mounting clear and present danger, but it is not due to immigrants or amazing animals packing “slice and dice” knives. It is from Trump and his seriously nasty alt-right Nazi supporters who lust for a reason to start shooting anyone Trump regards as an enemy or “the other.

What also boggles the mind is why Trump’s devotees take the time out of their day to attend a campaign rally; it’s not like they are captive boys and young men at a Boy Scout Jamboree. It is likely that they are desperate for some “good news” to distract them from the daily revelations that their hero in the White House is as monumentally corrupt as they are embarrassingly gullible.

The tragedy is that based on the wild applause at Trump’s fear-mongering, some of those acolytes will act on Trump’s assertion that they and their nation are under siege and take action against immigrants; and since they are Trump devotees, it is certain that they are well-armed and ready to kill for their king.

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