Trump has positioned himself to ensure that he can’t lose with DACA negotiations, by dangling poisoned bait for the Democrat fishes.
The Democrat Party is in disarray with only 14 days left to go until the next Continuing Resolution is needed
As we move away from the most recent government shutdown by the Democrats over illegal aliens, the prospects for a bill coming out of Congress that gives official amnesty and legal status for the illegal aliens who came here as minors in recent years, is growing dark.
The last shutdown was supposed to create a groundswell of support across the country for illegal aliens and ensure that the Republicans and President Trump caved on the issue, granting DACA recipients a no strings attached amnesty bill attached to the continuing resolution to fund the government.
This groundswell would have eventually supported the gang of six immigration bill proffered up by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham.
After the shutdown ended, the calls have continued for a congressional solution to the expiring visas in March. However, the Democrats still do not have a viable counter proposal to the President’s oft repeated framework for any DACA legislative bill.
Senator Durbin himself announced yesterday that the gang of six bill was dead and that they do not have a viable alternative.
We came up with an agreement. We presented it to the president through Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, on January 11. [The President] rejected it, so, as of today, we really don’t have a bill before us, and we are starting anew with a conversation about what to do to meet the president’s challenge.
They have fourteen days and are scrambling to find something that will not blow up their party.
Trump Will Win Any Shutdown Battle With Senator Chuck Schumer, Period
This should not need to be discussed, but Chuck Schumer will not win a shutdown battle with President Trump. The President has the bully pulpit, the Senate majority, and the House of Representatives under his control.
President Trump can engineer a situation where the House and Senate can make the Democrats lives a living Hell by forcing them to take tough vote after tough vote to fund various agencies and causes.
In order to keep a shutdown going, the Democrats need to continue denying funding for everything so it will supposedly increase pressure on the Trump administration to cave to their demands.
The President and his Congressional allies will simply say that they do not negotiate with terrorists. Like in the earlier, three day shutdown, the Trump administration announced that they would not negotiate on DACA legislation until the Democrats reopened the government.
In any future shutdown, the Democrats will face the same resolute Presidency. The Democrats, believing the Donald Trump presidency to be fundamentally no different from a Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush presidency, expected Donald Trump to cave to their demands.
That notion has been blown away by the actual events of the last government shutdown.
Senator Chuck Schumer would be wise to really think about what he is doing by boxing himself into the shutdown conundrum so readily. It plays right into President Trump’s trap.
Trump’s Immigration Positions are Politically Popular With the American People
If the Democrats want to fight with the Trump administration over DACA, they also have another major roadblock to contend with: the American People.
All of the positions the President has taken are politically popular with the American people. In a recent survey performed by Harvard, the American people overwhelmingly back the planks of President Trump’s DACA proposal.
The Democrats love to point to the polling on any situation that benefits their desired endgame, however, they have been extremely quiet on the public’s support for a border wall, increasing funding for border security, and severely cutting down immigrant chain migration.
In recent surveys, there have been surprising findings for the open borders political establishment, most Americans agree that America should cut down the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country by half.
The general trending mood of America is increasingly favorable to the President’s agenda.
Senator Charles Schumer Has an Extremely angry base that is now Demanding a major victory against trump
The federal level, outside of the Senate race in Alabama, has been one of near constant despair for the Democrats and their base. The most recent shutdown rallied the Democrats in a way that has not been done in over a year.
The Democrat Senators shut down the government in order to “protect the DACA kids from deportation to a situation worse than death.”
Now, after the huge capitulation by the Senate Democrats, and more specifically Chuck Schumer, for fig leaf compromises by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Democrat base is out for blood.
Sparta Report highlighted a story yesterday where Chuck Schumer’s house was picketed by dozens of protesting illegal aliens and/or DACA recipients.
If Chuck Schumer plans on announcing a complete surrender to the Trump administration’s framework in exchange for getting DACA recipients legal status and/or citizenship, he and any Democrat who votes for the bill, will be seen as a traitor to immigrants everywhere.
This was what was stated the last time the Senate Minority Leader caved to the Republicans and President Trump:
“Today’s cave by Senate Democrats—led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats—is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement. “These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”
“A lot of Democrats are channeling their inner Marco Rubio today,” tweeted MoveOn Washington Director Ben Wikler, referring to the oft-caving Florida senator. Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, called it a “betrayal.” CREDO labeled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington—even worse than Trump.”
A rational base would not behave this way. Any perceived cave to the “white nationalist” elements in the Trump administration, even if it funds cancer patients getting treatment and funds children’s health care, destroys the Democrat “party brand” everywhere.
Democrats State the White House Framework is Dead on Arrival
The Daily Kos stated quite succinctly that the White House demands were a “sledgehammer to American values” and a “white supremacist wishlist“:
The White House’s demands—let’s be honest, Miller’s demands—take a sledgehammer to American values. Not to mention, wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for that wall? “Dead on arrival,” tweeted United We Dream. “We reject a plan that would terrorize, detain and deport the rest of the immigrant community, specially those in the border.”
Immigrant rights leader Frank Sharry on this so-called “immigration deal”: “President Trump and Stephen Miller are exploiting a crisis that they created, so they can take a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty. They think that by offering up a spoonful of sugar – relief for Dreamers – they can get Congress and the American people to swallow the bitter medicine of radical nativism. We are going to fight this tooth and nail. We are not going to stand by while Trump and Miller take Dreamers hostage in order to keep out and kick out millions.”
Comments on the article illustrate just where the Democrat activist base is at on the issue being discussed:
They should all just go to Canada, a more welcoming country anyway. Not a shithole, like this one.
The GOP would eat molten lead rather than pass a clean — or any — DACA bill.
Don’t trust them — one bit. They’ll move the goal posts again and again. If you don’t earn enough — you’re out …. if a young woman takes birth control …. you’re out … only a 3.5 GPA …. you’re out. The Trump Regime and Miller and Co. absolutely under no circumstances want these young people here. They want them out. They’re mostly the wrong ‘shade’ and probably way to well-educated and ambitious. Don’t want that crap in America.
But if this goes on long enough, Trump will will want to build his wall using Dreamers as slave labor.
Other organizations chimed in and declared the new framework a “white supremacist ransom note” and declared that any Democrat voting for the bill that includes these demands to be supporting them:
“Let’s call this proposal for what it is: a white supremacist ransom note. Trump and Stephen Miller killed DACA and created the crisis that immigrant youth are facing. They have taken immigrant youth hostage, pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities in exchange for our dignity,” immigrant advocacy group United We Dream said in a statement Thursday.
“So let us be clear: any politician who backs up this ransom note is enabling Trump and Miller’s white supremacist agenda. Members of Congress of conscience must make the moral choice to reject this white supremacist proposal and pass legislation that protects us without harming others. Dream Act now.”
Chuck Schumer Loses if they pass Trump’s DACA compromise and he Loses if they reject it as well
The Democrats will lose any encounter with him, and at the highest levels of the party, they seem to know it but are powerless to do anything about it. President Trump has found the wedge within the Democrat party and is about to pry it wide open for their base to begin the Democrat civil war.
Dick Durbin signaled that the Democrat leadership considers the demands of the White House to be beyond the pale yesterday in a statement to the press:
My statement on the White House immigration proposal: pic.twitter.com/Xh1YKNtRYY
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 26, 2018
Trump has added what Democrats say are poison pills to a bill that gives them what they want, a DACA population with a pathway to citizenship. They have stated that the bill with the requirements the President has demanded be included is not possible for them to support.
With this, the leadership is aligning themselves with the Democrat activist base yet again and against the overwhelming majority of Americans that support every position Trump has taken in this bill. The Democrats now have, by Trump’s design, a deadly conundrum in their hands:
Do they take the deal as is and risk President Trump deporting half of the dreamer population because of them not having “good moral character” or because they are on welfare or because they get a ticket from state police?
Not to mention Trump’s deal includes cuts to legal immigration, cuts to chain migration, funding a border wall, and providing funding for increasing the amount of border security agents and immigration officials inside the country to deport DACA recipients illegal alien parents.
If they reject this bill, they have a significant amount of the Democrat base believing that this will lead to yet another shutdown of the government over the Democrat party’s support of illegal aliens.
Dick Durbin seems to agree with that threat of another shutdown. He seemed to make clear that there will be consequences to not passing a bill dealing with DACA in his statement, saying that they have “only” fourteen days to work on a compromise bill.
If the Democrats shut down the government once again, the risk of caving will be disastrous at that point. With the primaries coming up soon, the Democrats in power do not want to make their crazy voters want to replace them with a newer, younger model.
They also have to contend with the fact that every “dreamer” that is deported will be blamed on the recalcitrant Democrat senators who voted to block a bill because they refused to compromise. If people think the Democrats are mad now at their senators, just wait and see what happens once Trump starts deporting the illegal aliens and blaming the Democrats.
The Only Person Who Can Help Chuck Schumer on the DACA Shutdowns is Mitch McConnell, Even Then… Trump Wins
There are no good options for Chuck Schumer over the next two weeks. Schumer is not going to be able to save face. In fact, the only way Chuck Schumer and the Democrat party makes it out of this box they have placed themselves into will be for Mitch McConnell to save them.
Mitch McConnell, during a prolonged shutdown, will eventually have to do something to restore order.
What better way to restore order than by removing the legislative filibuster?
Mitch McConnell can switch the Senate to a “majority rules” chamber, exactly like the House of Representatives, and then override the Democrat’s filibusters with a simple majority vote instead of the usual customary 60 vote cloture threshold to break filibusters.
At that point it becomes the Deus Ex Machina, coming into the scene from out of the blue, rescuing Chuck Schumer from having to do anything.
Schumer will turn the anger of his base against Mitch McConnell breaking Senate Rules, while secretly thanking McConnell for saving him from the hordes of insane, foaming at the mouth democrat mobs.
If it plays out this way, it was designed this way to get Trump to his ultimate goal: The elimination of the filibuster that has been the single biggest roadblock against his agenda.
Remember this tweet way back in the summer of 2017?
The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
It would seem as if the whole DACA situation was constructed so that President Trump would finally get the opportunity to remove the main roadblock to MAGA. The Senate’s filibuster.