Cutting Through the Bullsh*t on So-Called ‘Amnesty’

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore
Image Credit: Gage Skidmore

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have conned millions of Trump supporters into thinking the guy who wrote The Art of the Deal gave up on the wall and immigration reform after one dinner.

The lies started last night, when Senators Schumer and Pelosi claimed they convinced President Trump to abandon the border wall and work with the Democrats on “amnesty” for those in the DACA program. This was immediately identified as untrue by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders on Twitter.

It was also confirmed by other members of the administration that the wall was not “cancelled” but that instead, the administration would feel comfortable allowing Democrats to propose some form of legislation that allows those in the DACA program to remain in the country without forcing them to include funding for the border wall in the same bill.

To recap: There had previously been speculation that President Trump and the congressional Republicans would come up with legislation allowing those in the DACA program to remain in the country, and would include funding for the border wall in the legislation to force Democrats to fund it. Democrats would have to choose between helping those protected under DACA, or resisting Trump’s “racist” border wall.

The statements from Sanders and Short suggest President Trump told Schumer and Pelosi that he would be willing to review legislation regarding DACA without demanding it include the border wall. In no way does this suggest that President Trump is giving up on the border wall, nor is it an endorsement of so-called “amnesty” (more on this later).

Then President Trump confirmed that no deal was reached, and the wall was being built only a few hours later in the early morning:

He said this once again during an impromptu press conference held this morning in Florida.

And then because some people said he wasn’t being clear enough about whether a new wall would actually be built the first two times, President Trump sent his supporters an email stating his intention to build a new wall:

The man cannot possibly be any clearer about his intention to build a wall. To continue doubting this is to call President Trump a liar. Further, saying that Trump lied implies that Schumer and Pelosi were telling the truth. It literally requires believing a statement two hateful Democrats over President Trump’s own words.

Now, regarding the so called “amnesty” so many are worried about.

President Trump was first asked about DACA in 2015 during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd. Trump told Todd he would “rescind” the executive order, but that he would find a way to “keep families together” after ending DACA. In other words, Trump campaigned on doing this. 

The same stance was reiterated by President Trump in December of 2016 in an interview with Time Magazine, as reported by Politico:

“‘We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,’ Trump told the magazine. ‘They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.'”

Just this morning, President Trump used Twitter to make it clear that his position has not changed.

To reiterate: President Trump reassured Americans twice of his intention to build a border wall. Additionally, Trump made it clear that he holds the same position on DACA as he did in 2015, during the early days of his campaign. This may surprise or disappoint some readers, but Trump made no secret of what he wanted to do with those protected by DACA.

DACA itself is a widely misunderstood program. Many hard-line voters correctly point out that those protected by DACA, who were brought into the country illegally as children under the age of 16, are in fact guilty of immigrating illegally. They are, of course, technically right.

There are four things to consider when it comes to DACA.

1. It was unconstitutionally signed into law via executive order by President Barack Obama

DACA was only law because President Obama signed a piece of paper saying it was law. By doing this, Obama created a horribly complicated situation for the next president, whether it was Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Rescinding the executive order would have likely been required for either candidate, because rather than going to congress and helping them to craft legislation, Obama used his pen and paper, all the while knowing that congress would eventually need to take action.

2. Less than 800,000 immigrants were protected by DACA. 

Estimates of the number of illegal immigrants in this country vary widely. Some say the number is around 11-12 million, while others suggest the true number could be closer to 30 million. For perspective, United States population clocks in at just over 320 million individuals.

The less than 800,000 “dreamers” make up less than .25% of the United States population.

Further, they have now been educated and worked in the United States. In some cases, they have received scholarships. If they leave the country, their education and tax dollars leave with them. They will have essentially used the United States to become productive, taxpaying citizens of Mexico, Guatemala, or whatever may be their country of origin.

3. Trump specifically said “no amnesty”, suggesting he prefers worker visas. 

During an impromptu press conference this morning, President Trump specifically said he is “not looking at amnesty”, and insisted the border wall will be funded in its entirety, though perhaps not immediately. The president also said he wanted to find a way for those protected by DACA to stay.

Without giving them legal citizenship this could be done through a temporary worker visa program, under which non-citizens must apply to work in this country for a specified amount of time. They can reapply for the visa as their allotted time reaches its end, and receive no voting rights nor citizenship by applying for the workers visa.

4. The Democrats have zero power without Republican support.

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Many who are concerned seem to believe the Democrats in the Senate and the House have a super majority, and can pass any legislation they want so long as President Trump likes it.

Even if President Trump gave them the go ahead for full amnesty for all 11-30 million illegal immigrants, Schumer and Pelosi would still have to work with Republicans to come up with something that would pass the House of Representatives as well as the Senate. To quote President Trump, “it’s not gonna happen, folks.”

So why is everyone freaking out?

Negative stories sell better than positive ones. Hours before Schumer and Pelosi claimed President Trump gave up on the border wall and was willing to pursue amnesty, Breitbart published an article titled “DHS Cuts Red Tape To ‘Immediately’ Begin Border Wall Construction”.

Why would the DHS do this if the wall wasn’t going up?

Further, Rush Limbaugh called out the entire ordeal as an attempt by Democrats to divide President Trump’s base and attempt to turn us against the president using fake news and half truths.

The disgusting hysterical screeching displayed by personalities Ann Coulter (who literally wrote a book called In Trump We Trust, even though she doesn’t trust him to have dinner without alienating his base) and Stefan Molyneux (who literally wrote a book called the Art of the Argument, even though he is literally blocking people for disagreeing with him about DACA on Twitter) plays right into the Democrats’ narrative.

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