Opinion: Dreamers’ fate sits with GOP Congress. So … doom.

(AP)

President Trump claims that he harbors some mysterious “great love” for the 800,000 Dreamers whom he has just exposed to deportation.

To paraphrase from the Book of John, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man chooseth to deport his friends…..” But hey, at least Trump offers a path to salvation for those hundreds of thousands now hanging on the brink of ruin, facing exile from the only country most have ever known:

Their fate lies with Congress.

But maybe it’s not so bad, right?

A few days ago, House Speaker Paul Ryan was strongly urging Trump NOT to strip the Dreamers of legal protections; when Trump did so anyway, Ryan applauded the move that he had previously opposed because ….  oh, hell, I don’t know. Because the man has no backbone?  Anyway, like Trump, Ryan is on record as endorsing legislative action to reinstate provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,” Ryan says.

With the executive branch and the House both on board, that leaves the Senate.

While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken no stance on legislative action to reinstate DACA protections, a number of his fellow Republican senators have come out in favor of such a move. Such legislation would easily attract more than 50 votes in the Senate, where Democrats hold 48 seats. If President Trump would be willing to act on this “great love” that he professes and publicly push the measure, it would probably draw the 60 Senate votes needed to end a filibuster and get the bill to his desk.

Meanwhile, the sentiment of the American public could not be more clear. Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for allowing Dreamers to remain in the country. In the most recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, 58 percent supported allowing Dreamers to remain with a path to becoming citizens. An additional 18 percent support allowing them to stay as legal residents but not as potential citizens. That’s a total of 76 percent in favor of letting them stay. Just 15 percent of Americans support their deportation, which is the path that we are now headed down unless Congress acts.

So with overwhelming public support behind it, everything seems in place for a successful rescue operation. Once Ryan schedules a vote in the House, a legislative version of DACA will pass pretty easily, with unanimous Democratic support and a substantial number of Republicans. It will then go to the Senate, where 60 votes also seem attainable. And President Trump, based on his statements, would of course rush to sign the legislation.

Problem solved, right? Finally, a much-ridiculed GOP Congress is going to get its act together and accomplish something that a vast majority of Americans want done, right?

Wrong.

Ryan won’t allow a House vote because he doesn’t dare to anger the conservatives in his caucus.

McConnell won’t allow a Senate vote, because that would expose the split in his own GOP caucus.

And despite his touching professions of concern, love and “great heart,” Trump doesn’t dare to cross his anti-immigrant base by trying to force congressional action.  He’ll beat up McConnell and Republican senators in a heartbeat when the issue is, say, tax reform. But on DACA?

Nada.

On DACA he’ll say just enough to shift the blame onto Congress, but not enough to force action. Because that’s the kind of man he is.

 

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macufo
macufo

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la_peach
la_peach

Off topic -- White House plans to review and overturn  Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault that critics see as unfair toward the accused... WTEF!!!!  45 dreams at night of undoing everything President Obama did ... 


#NowBackToLurking

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Also, for elgrunir, Figmo2, Andy158, YouLibs, et. al., I replied to your comments down-thread.

gotalife
gotalife

trump wanted to end the debt limit.


It is just a vote on paying for the bills they pass or welch.

honested
honested

@gotalife 

He could always pay down the debt for us.

Wouldn't that be nice!

Kamchak
Kamchak

Black Family Welcomed to Kansas Neighborhood with Racist Vandalism

 Racist vandals painted slurs on the grass where a black family will move into a Kansas neighborhood with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

A neighbor discovered the racial slurs spray-painted on the grass and tried to remove them with a weed whacker, and he called Habitat officials — who then notified the homeowner-to-be, reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.

 The vandalism happened Aug. 12, the same day white supremacists rallied hundreds of miles away, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was killed when a neo-Nazi intentionally drove into a crowd.

TRUMP LIFE, BABY!

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Antifa ruse.

And you fell for it!

Did you know the word 'gullible' is not in the dictionary?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Same site Kammie used to prove it was a right winger.

Lol

gotalife
gotalife

They stopped playing ignorant politics yesterday and that is how you get things done.


The cons in the house can't stop playing ignorant politics so doubt it is the last time they will work together.


Some voters want that.

Andy158
Andy158

@gotalife Don't kid yourself. The Dems wanted the short time frame so they could beat the Pubs over the head with it again in December. Just Washington hardball.

Andy158
Andy158

@weechie @Andy158 @gotalife Just Trump getting to say he made a deal. He doesn't care what the deals are just so long as he can take credit for making them.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Andy158 @weechie @gotalife He can't seem to get a "win" with the Republicans, so I guess trying to get a "win" with the Democrats is good in his eyes. 


I wonder what this will do to his polls with his "base"? 

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Everyone happy with the Trump-Dem deal. Seems a win-win. Except the establishment Repubs which everyone hates.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@McGarnagle I'm confused why the Dems didn't take a longer term debt deal (you know, for a year instead of 3 months)

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Kamchak "Independent American Security Contractors"


or,


Willfully ignorant racist as-holes who want to act like border patrol agents. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@Kamchak

Ah, yes, the Muslim Prayer Rug.  Didn't DownInAlbany fall for that one hook, line and sinker?

gotalife
gotalife

jr, told them he wanted dirt on Hillary.


Guilty.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

So if Pelosi orchestrated Trump's tweet..."Dreamers have nothing to worry about"...why all the dem hysteria after Trump's repeal?

Was she running the gin? 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@FIGMO2

Dude - you asked that already, probably not more than 20 or 30 minutes ago. It was a stupid question then and it remains a stupid question now. Learn when to quit while you're only a little bit behind. Else you just end up digging a deeper hole for yourself.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Eye wonder @FIGMO2

Shake "it" off, PeeWee.

Why DID she promote hysteria if they had nothing to worry about?

That's a stoopid question only if one believes Pelosi's an honest broker.

I'm not one of those folks.

gotalife
gotalife

w was just happy it was shoes and not bombs.

Andy158
Andy158

Now Bannon is taking on the Catholic church. I saw yesterday where Bannon had just gone to the Hill to talk to Meadows and a couple of other Freedumb bunch about getting rid of Ryan. Catholic Ryan has definitely taken Bannon of his Christmas card list this year.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Andy158  I, for one, vow to never vote for the man.  I hope that you will join me!

KUTGF
KUTGF

A Florida sheriff stirred up controversy this week after he revealed that deputies would be checking IDs at local hurricane shelters and arresting anyone with an outstanding warrant, which can be issued for something as common as a traffic ticket.

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The US is getting some sick sick people.  Somehow this kind of warning which would result in people not seeking safety.  And then first responders get involved and put themselves in danger.

IF this sheriff really wanted to clear the streets of those with warrants, then you don't announce the check any more than you announce you are setting up a drunk driver check point.  

This sheriff is playing "tough guy celebrity sheriff" rather than doing real law enforcement.  

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@KUTGF And taking advantage of a national disaster really is poor form. 


Hope he's removed (or voted out if it's an elected position.) 

Andy158
Andy158

@KUTGF Put the word out so the Mexicans would leave and make more room for the white people.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@KUTGF Given the shelters that ended up under water in Texas, maybe the prisons will be safer.....

td1234
td1234

@Andy158 @KUTGF It would be to make more room for any citizen. White, black, Asian or hispanic. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Hurricane Jose is on deck.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@FIGMO2 Hopefully Jose will turn north before it hits the islands.  That upper level high in the Northern Atlantic (that kept Irma going West) will hopefully move off a little. 


Or not, and then there will be a double-whammy Irma-Jose on the same path. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany

Has someone here advocated the destruction of Mar-A-Lago?

Dude, do you need a safe space with coloring books and puppies?   

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@DownInAlbany @Kamchak yeah, those advocating the destruction of Mar-A-Lago are showing poor form, too. 


My only hope is that Trump and team actually recognize that the warmer ocean (caused by climate change) is making these hurricanes stronger and that taking steps to reduce pollution is the right course. 


You know, instead of trying to bring back coal. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany @KUTGF @Kamchak  Sweetie, you are melting down.  Just sayin

Of course, others like BLM leaders condemned actions of others and yet you still call them a "hate group".  Tell ya what, why don't you post the rules to all this "condemning" thing and let us know when it clears some groups and not others and when others are included in the broad brush etc.  Get back to us will ya!