Opinion: Trump shows no guts, no heart

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Donald Trump told the country when announcing his candidacy for president. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

That statement pretty much set the tone of the rest of the Trump campaign. From there, he would go on to attack the Muslim parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, demand the removal of the U.S.-born judge in his Trump University fraud case because of his Mexican heritage, and promise that on his first day as president he would resume deporting so-called Dreamers, the foreign-born children of illegal immigrants who have been raised here as Americans.

Because, you know … they’re not sending us their best. They’re sending us rapists and drug dealers and criminals.

On the other hand, take a look at the photograph above. That is Alonso Guillen, 31. When Hurricane Harvey hit, Guillen and a friend, Tomas Carreon Jr., rushed to help. They left their homes in Lufkin, Texas with a borrowed boat and headed to Houston, a two-hour drive away, to try to rescue flooding victims.

On Wednesday night, around midnight, Guillen, Carreon and a third man were trying to negotiate swollen Cypress Creek near Houston, hoping to reach an apartment building where people were stranded in the rising waters. Their boat hit a bridge abutment and flipped in the heavy current. The third man survived; Guillen and Carreon were swept away into the darkness.

Carreon’s body was found Friday; that of Guillen was recovered Sunday afternoon.

Both Guillen and Carreon had been born in Mexico but were brought to this country by their parents illegally. Guillen had applied for and had received protection against deportation through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, allowing him to work in the United States legally. Carreon was eligible for the program but had not yet gone through the bureaucratic process.

Since his election, Trump has spoken more charitably of the so-called Dreamers, claiming that he would show “great heart” in dealing with their predicament. It’s hard to know how much, if any, of that expressed sentiment was honest and how much was driven by Trump’s concern over the political blowback of beginning to deport the 800,000 DACA beneficiaries.

We do know that on Tuesday, after Trump had incited anti-immigrant fervor for more than two years, after he rode that fervor all the way into the presidency, he tried to wash his hands of the Dreamers’ dilemma. His administration announced that it would keep the president’s promise to rescind DACA, while allowing Congress a six-month window in which to reinstate its protections if it chooses.

That shows not just a lack of heart but a lack of guts. Having taken this step, a leader of courage and decency would speak out forcefully in favor of congressional protection for the Dreamers and thus provide needed political cover to his fellow Republicans. Such a leader would not have handed the announcement duties to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a U.S. senator fought hard to undermine protection for Dreamers.

Take a second to ponder Trump’s lack of concern for others and his unwillingness to risk angering his dwindling base. Compare that with the courage and the willingness to sacrifice for others demonstrated by Alonso Guillen and Tomas Carreon, and then ask yourself which are the better men, the better people, the better Americans.

 

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Melinda Harrison
Melinda Harrison

I am so glad I am not the ones that you got to meet at the end of the. Tunnel

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Jack Warner
Jack Warner

Trump upholds the law. Leave if you don't like it.

Timfany Mayfield
Timfany Mayfield

smart move on trump as far as playing the political game, people are going to find out who they really voted in for congress, nobody vetoed Obama order because that would of been career suicide for them, Trump is putting it back in their hands, make sure your decision actually represents what the people want in your state. Sad that this vote can affect so many lives in the politics game

William Stenz
William Stenz

Everybody wants to act like compassion is some kind of weakness, but you can't show compassion without strength.

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis

Pelosi and Shumer......Is Don the Con Artist new best friends......GOP got duped....LMAO

Becca Mincer
Becca Mincer

The United States bringing Mexicans here year after year and allowing them to work for pennies on a visa that's also heartless..oh wait hold up Trump still does that.. two sides to a coin people!

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

illegal invaders did this to themselves.

Andy Smith
Andy Smith

And Jay shows no brains! Obama admitted he didn't have the legal right to take that action. Congress needs to act, but not to support lawlessness!

Betty Jenkins
Betty Jenkins

I don't like the 6 month grace. DACA needs to end

Chuck Jakubisin
Chuck Jakubisin

Wrong, JAYBOOKMAN.BLOG! Your buddy Obama decided to circumvent Congress because he didn't know how to be a leader. He said many times that he didn't have the authority to make immigration law. Only congress can do that. Then he had the audacity to set 800k immigrant kids up for failure by giving them temporary false hopes. Now the leftists are trying to say that it's President Trump who's at fault. He is the one with the courage to call out Congress to get permanent law on the books so the illegal kids can have legal permanent status. ALL GUTS! ALL HEART!

Vicki Tipton
Vicki Tipton

America should enforce laws. If so we wouldn't be wasting time on this mess. We all know the laws. None of the other Presidents had guts to deal with this crap. Mexico sure as hell doesn't put up with Americans going to their country illegally. Not that I would want to. Ugh!

Jack Stossel
Jack Stossel

He does to, he is standing up for the constitution!

Bob Casteel
Bob Casteel

Trump spends to much time trying to fix Obama's messes both foreign and domestic.

Carl Glitsch
Carl Glitsch

to bad cowboy! we didn't ask obomass wipe to give you people false hope by enacting his own legislation without congressional approval.Every thing he did is slowly falling apart.

Stephen Buckley
Stephen Buckley

Bookman, because every newspaper needs an idiot or two on payroll

David Cornelison
David Cornelison

Are all of your opinion columnists complete idiots or just this one?

Gabriel Winn
Gabriel Winn

DACA FACTS 1) DACA was unconstitutional. That's a simple fact. 2) DACA was an executive order, not a law. 3) Trump did NOT end DACA, Barack Obama did! Obama placed a sunset date on his executive order, so if you're upset about someone ending it, be upset at Obama. 4) Trump did a BRILLIANT THING: Trump is FORCING Congress (who is NOT working together, no one can deny that!) to actually WORK TOGETHER to come up with a solution to the immigration problem that BOTH SIDES claim is a problem. Trump put the ball in their court, let THEM be the ones who will sink or swim on this! Now, of course, watch the MEDIA place blame for this on Trump! Immigration was (supposedly) a mess before Trump, you cannot blame him for this.

John Gilbert Colgan
John Gilbert Colgan

AJC knows all about no guts or heart as they backed Obummer for 8 years

Pat Reece
Pat Reece

Leave immediately. Your vote was illegal like you

Kellie Bailey Sims
Kellie Bailey Sims

Americans are tired of supporting illegals .let the liberals support them

Ben Bush
Ben Bush

From a friend. As expected, the Left-wing media and low-information liberals-a redundancy-are politicizing DACA and screaming that Tump is trying to kill illegal immigrant children. Democrats will say and do anything for votes. Remember Hillary? The facts are simple. DACA is a good program but was an unconstitutional executive order by Obama. The executive branch cannot write law. Trump is brilliant. He extends DACA 6 months but blocks new illegals, as it should. He kicks a permanent solution back to Congress, where it belongs. Now it's in their hands to solve. (Six months from now will mean the middle of the cold Winter weather, snow and ice in middle America and on the East Coast, and the Hillary demonstrators will gain more #FraudNewsCNN, #FraudNewsCBS media attention.) Given history, whatever Republicans propose, Democrats will block and vice versa. It's a lose-lose proposition for both parties unless they can agree on a bi-partisan solution on immigration reform.Brilliant. Now if we can just keep the courts out of it. #TRUMP2020 - God Bless America.

Steve Reasons
Steve Reasons

President Trump did right. Obama's illegal pen broke the law. What a great President we have. Good job President Trump.

Karen Brinkey Milke
Karen Brinkey Milke

God blesses TRUMP and the USA \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

John J. Virden
John J. Virden

Opinion: President Trump shows respect for the rule of law and Constitution of the United States. He does show heart in providing time for the legislative body to provide remedies under the law.

Peter Sholven
Peter Sholven

Let me tell u something rep. dem. or liberal.I.N.S. homeland security r b.s.I drive a semi for a living i go to alot of ports.U either have your twix card or pay the port fee.All most of them do is take your money and tell u where to go.I'm 61 yrs old.I came to this country when i was 6yrs old.My parents became citzens then.The i.n.s. told my parents not to worry about any paperwork on me because of my age.I automatically became a citizen when they did.So in july 2017.I went to renew my c.d.l.They told me at the dmv i needed proof of my citizenship.So i had too pay 555.00 dollars and fill out form n565 to receive a copy of my proof of citizenship document.Only problem is they where backed up from dec 2016.7 months behind!I've lived in this country 55yrs as a legal resident.So I'm not supposed to work for 7mo.B.S.And in order to get a passport i need the same paperwork.

Mark A Ward
Mark A Ward

We didn't elect him for his guts or heart. We elected him to drain the swamp.

Barbara Bell-Miller
Barbara Bell-Miller

Time to pack your bags , time to go home and take all this kids with you....\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Barbara Fitzgerald
Barbara Fitzgerald

Millions of American people feel the same as our president does can anyone explain that the American people count

Oliver Blalock
Oliver Blalock

How heartless of them to drag their kids from impoverished, crime stricken regions to the land of opportunity

Chris Timms
Chris Timms

Trump is proving he is a man who try's to keep his promise without thinking he is God with a pen. IMO he alone didn't make the decision. He left its future up to congress. Great move

John R Bloxson Jr
John R Bloxson Jr

This is what the Liberal media doesn't tell because if Congress doesn't fix it they can always blame it on the President that is the Propaganda media's real evil agenda demonize the Christian, demonize those who still believe in the rule of Law, de.onize those who believe in the rights gaureteed in the Bill of Rights. They is playing a game to change and corrupt America to ready it for the Global Government to come. We are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the prince's a.nd principalities of the air Satan and all who follow him no matter what idol they worship.

Conveeya Brown
Conveeya Brown

Well I they dont send him^^^^back. Hes cute.\U0001f617

Lizzie Tuck
Lizzie Tuck

Remember this day in November 2020 Election, when the president turned his back on you.

Gloria Toelle
Gloria Toelle

That to bad that his parents didn't consider the Fate as their children, are Children have dreams too, are Children need a helping hand too (free) money, are Children could use SS. We have American Children that desperately need jobs.

Merlin Drowley
Merlin Drowley

This guy has know idea what he is talking! These people are being feed this garbage by fake news! President Trump wants it fixed so its perminet! People have to just calm down! He has given congress 6 months to fix it! If he would have done nothing a judge was going to cancel Daca! Then they would be deported for sure!