When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong. This particular mistake was one that I would kick myself for missing if I were more flexible. Instead, I’ll simply call out my errors and try to set a more accurate perspective.

I missed it completely on President Trump and DACA. It’s arguably the first time I didn’t see the 4D chess at work. Perhaps I was simply being blinded by hope. Before he officially rescinded DACA, I applauded rumors that he would be doing just that. I added emphasis to the opening paragraph of that particular article titled, “Letting DACA lapse would be the President’s best move so far.”

Rumors are flying that President Trump could announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), allowing one of his predecessor’s most egregious examples of overreach to fade away into oblivion.

Call it an assumption that he wouldn’t go against one of his most consistent and arguably the most important promise he made to his base. He declared shortly after launching his campaign in 2015 the DREAMers had to go. When asked by Chuck Todd whether he’d split up families, candidate Trump doubled down on the narrative by saying no families would be split up… because he’d deport everyone in the family who wasn’t supposed to be here.

I followed up that article once the official announcement about rescinding it was put forth. Like a silly boy hoping that Santa was real but noticing the handwriting on all the gifts was the same, I suspended my disbelief in the president’s worthiness by posting “Trump to end DACA the right way for the right reasons.”

For President Trump, this is a win-win. He is fulfilling one of his most important campaign promises and setting the stage for the GOP to demonstrate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread throughout the party rather than just focusing on him. If they cave for political expediency and recreate a congressional version of DACA, then President Trump did his part and Congress was the body that changed.

Now I see the light. Many conservatives are upset at the potential for a DACA amnesty that doesn’t include the wall. Even a handful of his Day 1 faithfuls have gone beyond scratching their heads and have graduated into full-blown scorn.

How did I miss it? I’ve been critical of leftist moves from him in the past. Why did I not see the writing on the wall? Perhaps it was his consistent stance on the matter:

DACA will end up being STRONGER once Congress pushes it through as the law of the land rather than an unconstitutional executive order. In fact, had Trump done nothing, the Supreme Court likely would have put a stop to DACA altogether. Oh well. Maybe we’ll get a wall someday. Maybe not.

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Lt Worf: Why did you not?
Alexander: I don’t know.
K’Mtar: Look at him! He did not care that you showed him mercy. He was going to kill you.
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As reports that President Trump is prepared to end or at least not renew Barack Obama’s dispensation for the children of illegal aliens who, through no fault of their own, were brought here by their parents illegally allowing then to continue to stay without fear of deportation debate on the subject has been renewed.

Unlike most of the debate concerning illegal immigration this is one of the few point where there is some merit to both sides of this argument but that’s fodder for a follow up post for now I’d like to state a political reality that many moderate members of the GOP caucus from Paul Ryan on down seem to have either forgotten or decided to deliberately ignore.

For a very long time the MSM has spun the narrative that thanks to demographics the GOP is doomed politically unless they adopt the open borders narrative and support legislation that provides amnesty for illegal immigrants and their children and that if they fail to do so they will suffer electoral disaster.

Furthermore Activist groups have insisted that the opposition to open borders is a matter of race hatred toward “hispanics” (from the mythical land of Hispanica no doubt) the MSM has suggested that the only way to prove that GOP voters and pols were not a bunch of race haters was to support programs like DACA.

And sure enough there have been GOP member who have rushed to do just that to prove to the MSM and activists that they are different from that nasty Donald Trump and those deplorable Tea party people who voted for him.  Folks like Paul Ryan:

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the president should preserve former President Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty even though “Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did.”
President Donald Trump should also let Congress decide how to deal with the DACA, Ryan told a Wisconsin radio show on Friday morning.

and Thom Tillis:

Conservative lawmakers led by Thom Tillis are crafting a bill they call the conservative Dream Act that would provide a path to permanent residency to people brought here illegally as children, offering President Donald Trump an escape hatch on one of his most vexing immigration challenges.

might expect to be well rewarded by said MSM and activist for their efforts on their behalf, that is they would be if the narrative being offered wasn’t based no two huge lies.

The first being that said opposition to DACA and/or illegal immigration is a losing issue.  While it is true that Donald Trump’s very public declarations concerning a wall might have run up vote totals for Hillary Clinton in Blue States like New York, Illinois and California where Republicans have little power but rather than cost him electoral votes won him states like Iowa,  Ohio and Florida (last won by GOP in 2004)  Pennsylvania , Michigan and an electoral vote in Maine (last won by GOP in 1998) and even Wisconsin (last won by the GOP in 1984 during the Reagan 49 state landslide).  Furthermore the rise in the Tea Party directly corresponds with GOP victories on the congressional and state level that have given the GOP the house since 2010 but has given them clear control of both houses of congress and the presidency.

The second lie is even bigger, and that’s the idea that either the MSM or activists will stop considering republicans who support DACA or illegal immigration racists.  While the MSM and activists will give these folks lip service as long as they are seen as useful in their clash with conservatives in general and Donald Trump in particular but the moment that DACA is enshrined into law Representative Ryan and Senator Tillis will suddenly discover that the activist community will find a new reason to call them racist haters and offer a new demand for them to fulfill and the MSM will again insist that without their support for this new demand they will never get “Hispanic” support.

It’s extremely ironic that experienced pols can so easily fall for lies so obvious but it’s always possible that they are not the ones that are being played for suckers by the MSM and activists on the left, but that they are playing the voters who elected them promising to  support border security and then hedging when the time comes just as they did on Obamacare.

The question is, are they fools, liars or both?


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This tweet via Instapundit is the understatement of the century:

The sudden about face of the GOP on this is yet another betrayal of their base that has the potential to blow everything wide open and put every single GOP member who votes on a collision course with tea party activists who will be running away from him as fast as their legs can carry them.

However there is a simple but I have a simple solution to this problem.

Simply attach the Obamacare repeal law to any DACA bill.

Suddenly instead of DACA becoming a massive betrayal of the GOP voter, it becomes the means to finally keep their promise to the American people.

Personally I’d attach defunding Planned Parenthood as well but while it’s a big issue for me I’m not greedy I’ll settle for the Obamacare repeal. I’d even allow a line to keep the coverage for children up to age 25 to make things easier for people transitioning off of it.

If I was the freedom caucus or Ted Cruz or any other strong conservative I would make including the Obamacare repeal a sine non qua of even letting such a bill reach the floor. Hell If I’m Trump I’d make the passage of the failed Obamacare repeal bill the minimum price for even considering signing any DACA law.

It’s very clear the GOP won’t keep their promises to their voters without an incentive, let’s give them one.


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This tweet from governor Cuomo of NY:

is unintentionally hilarious for two reasons.

#1 You can’t make NYers obey the law, that’s illegal!

Cuomo is basically attacking Donald Trump for the supreme crime of forcing people in New York to obey the law as written and how does he say he’s going to stop him, by going to the courts and arguing that it’s against the law to make people obey the law.

This begs the obvious question. If Mr Cuomo believes it’s OK for people in NY to disobey and ignore the law if they don’t like it, does that mean that it’s ok for Donald Trump and the administration to disobey and ignore any court ruling against him on this issue?

#2  NY won’t demonize diversity, except for diversity of Opinion!

Was it not just three years ago the Governor Cuomo was stating emphatically that if you are pro-life or pro-gun you aren’t welcome in NY?

The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

As I wrote at the time:

Since we pro-life types are not welcome in NY anymore it might behoove us to use some kind of identification so that state officials can mark us undesirables if we enter or pass through the state. I understand the symbol to the right was quite popular not a very long time ago for that very purpose.juden

It’s also my understanding that people wearing such a mark were prevented from owning and or possessing firearms by the state, which was of course for their own good as such people could not be trusted with dangerous weapons, particularly people as extreme as they who opposed the sane and reasonable policies of the state that only wanted what was best for them.

Which leads to obvious question two  How will Governor Cuomo assure his friends on the left that his defense of those 42,000 will not include defending any pro-life or pro-2nd amendment positions.  Or does he automatically assume that all of these 42,000 have the same political, religious and 2nd amendment positions that he does?

Cuomo is a joke that New York has willingly played on itself.

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Reports are coming in from Politico that President Trump will announce a six-month delayed end to the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. The executive order signed by President Obama allowed children brought illegally into the country to apply for work permits. It was universally loved by Democrats and reluctantly protected by a handful of Republicans.

Now, it will go away if the report is accurate. It should and this is the right way to do it.

Complaints are already emerging from both sides of the political aisle. Liberals are outraged, of course, but some conservatives are also voicing concerns. Chief of Staff John Kelly believes Congress should have been prepared with a plan by now. Iowa Representative Steve King believes putting it on the Republican Congress is a bad political move.

To some extent, King is correct. If the GOP Congress puts forth a replacement that does all or part of what the previous lawless president intended with his executive order, all this does is shift ownership. If, on the other hand, the GOP decides to take the political hit and encourage enforcement of the rule of law for our sovereign nation, it’s a win.

King is apparently not very confident his cohorts will take the second path.

For President Trump, this is a win-win. He is fulfilling one of his most important campaign promises and setting the stage for the GOP to demonstrate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread throughout the party rather than just focusing on him. If they cave for political expediency and recreate a congressional version of DACA, then President Trump did his part and Congress was the body that changed.

As critical as I’ve been of the president during his short term, this is one instance where I’m in full agreement. Pulling the rug out from under “Dreamers” may be what most conservatives want, but it would be a poor political move. It’s just an unnecessary burden at this point following a slew of failures from Obamacare to the travel ban. Instead, he’s giving Congress the opportunity to act while still fulfilling his promise. The message to potential illegal immigrants is still clear and effective: this president will not protect you so don’t bother coming over.

We are a sovereign nation. We have a robust legal immigration system that allows opportunities for people to enter the nation the right way. We cannot afford mixed messages making people believe they or their children can stay if they come here illegally. Ending the executive order is a righteous move by the president. Will Congress follow suit?

Rumors are flying that President Trump could announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), allowing one of his predecessor’s most egregious examples of overreach to fade away into oblivion.

This spring, the President indicated that he may keep parts of the executive order because he has a “big heart.” It caused many conservatives and federalists to question his resolve on one of the most important issues constantly highlighted during the presidential campaign. If the rumors are true, it will be the best move he’s made so far.

Many would point to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but that wasn’t really much of a decision. Had he nominated a moderate or liberal, it would have been political suicide. Gorsuch (or any other Constitutional conservative judge) was a no-brainer and therefore doesn’t qualify as one of his “best moves.” It was important, but it wasn’t really a tough choice. Letting DACA lapse was a choice and the President is apparently making the right one.

Those who applied for DACA gained two years of deferred action. If President Trump allows it to lapse, it will take effect at the end of each individual’s deferment period.

There will be those who point to this as a heinous move because children or young adults are involved. The leftist mentality is that it’s not their fault their parents brought them here illegally so they shouldn’t be punished. The reality of the situation is this: they aren’t being punished. They’re being put in the same position that others who want to enter the United States are in. They are no longer going to be rewarded for the illegal actions of their parents. There’s nothing unfair about letting DACA lapse.

All too often those with similar opinions to mine are attacked for being heartless. It’s important to note that I have absolutely nothing against legal immigration. In fact, I believe that those who entered the country illegally are getting in the way of those who go through the proper lawful process to immigrate to the United States legally. What’s wrong with expecting people entering our sovereign nation to follow the rule of law? It’s not heartless to demand people not engage in criminal activities as their process to participate in the benefits of being in America.

I’ve been critical of the President, but I’m also fair. If he lets DACA lapse, kudos to him. It’s the right move for America.

First, a definition:
mercenary
[mur-suh-ner-ee]

adjective
1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
2. hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc.
noun, plural mercenaries.
3. a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

I have been blogging for years on the current administration’s dereliction of their duty to secure national boundaries at the borders. It comes, however as an unpleasant surprise to find theses stories in today’s Drudge Report:

Say again?

Under the Dreamers Act, as many as 1,500 recruits per year

will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.

The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.

Earlier this year, other headlines read, U.S. visa backlog leaves Afghan interpreters in limbo, while

the class of 2014 … will face more difficulty qualifying for the armed services than ever in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force

as the service cuts the active force by 20,000 soldiers in 2015.

On the one hand, as many as 1,500 recruits per year (for starters?) may be illegal aliens because of an executive action; on the other hand, 20,000 experienced soldiers will be laid off because of budget cuts in these times of the rise of SPECTRE.

It makes you wonder what the priorities are, but the rule of law is not one of them.

I had quoted the estimable Mark Steyn in a prior post:

One of the reasons why so many Americans oppose amnesty and a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens is because, even if one buys it in utilitarian terms, to accept that an honorable American identity can be born from an illegal act seems to mock the very essence of citizenship and allegiance.

Compound that feeling with the news about the dreamer recruits.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s blog.