MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
Illegal Immigration, MS-13 Gangs, and Another Republican Sell-Out?
Back to the issue of illegal immigration this morning, and we begin with one of the most unabashedly flagrant—but not surprising—examples of what is called “Trump Derangement Syndrome” [TDS is defined as an uncontrollable, frenzied and violent hatred, and irrational loathing of President Trump by the Mainstream Media, the Left, Hollywood, most of academia, and most Never Trumpers].
Yesterday, in a meeting with various California mayors and law enforcement figures who oppose the open door immigration policies of Governor Jerry Brown and the fanatical leftists who now dominate that state, the president fielded a direct question from one of the visitors about very violent and murderous gangs—specifically the MS-13 gang—that come across our borders, intermixed with other illegal immigrants. Those gang members engage in the most heinous and violent acts of murder and rape, they peddle killing drugs to our youth, they engage in extreme gang warfare, and they participate in vicious human sex trafficking. Indeed, to describe in detail their actions would be to descend into the worst pornographic language.
The president, in a specific response, called them “animals,” not really human: that was his direct answer to the question (and literally quoted in the transcript).
But that is not what The New York Times, nor The Washington Post, nor CNN, nor MSNBC—the Mainstream Media reported. Nope. For literally several hours their headlines screamed that “Trump called ‘undocumented’ immigrants ‘animals’.” And, at that, the leaders of the Democratic Party, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, piled on: “How dare Trump call these ‘children of God’ animals,” queried Pelosi. “Doesn’t he believe they have souls?” And so-called “Republican consultant” Ana Navarro compared the president’s remarks to “Naziism.”
If there was ever any visible and palpable proof of the sheer and unleashed lunacy of the “#Resist Trump” opposition, here it is. In effect, they read into the president’s remarks what they want to see in his remarks. What he actually said, be damned.
And when, finally, called inescapably on the “error,” rather than fully retract what was reported, they attempted to “cover their behinds.”
Here are two headlines and paragraphs from The New York Times: the first one (May 16) reporting the “fact” that the president called “undocumented immigrants” animals—no qualifiers, nothing about the original question about MS-13 gang members, just the continuing effort to “get Trump.”
By - May 16, 2018 - WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.”
And now follow that with the second headline and the Times’ “correction” paragraph (May 17), but again with that paper phrasing the president as “defend[ing] his use of the word ‘animals’…saying that he had been referring to members of the brutal transnational gang MS-13 when he used language critics called inappropriate.” Nothing about the transcript, nothing letting readers know that the specific question was about the violent MS-13 gang; rather, the Times shifts the blame back to President Trump—it was his fault, you see, not to have clarified what he meant originally!
By and - May 17, 2018 - WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday defended his use of the word “animals” to describe dangerous criminals trying to cross into the United States illegally, saying that he had been referring to members of the brutal transnational gang MS-13 when he used language critics called inappropriate.
Of course, this is just one more recent example of the hundreds—thousands—of unbridled attacks on the president, attempts to not only pervert his words, but—and let’s be direct—literally lie about him, defame him, undercut his agenda, and if possible bring him down. To doubt this is to countenance bald-faced deceit and disinformation.
It would be difficult enough to accomplish his promises if the president only faced that broad panoply of Leftwing enemies arrayed against him, but he also must confront enemies closer to home, many within the Republican Party, itself, who remain completely unreconciled to “that usurper”—that “brash bull-in-a-china-shop” from New York—who appears to be attempting to take “their” party and “their” (conservative) movement away from them.
And the latest example of that comes in the effort by members of the “business wing” of the Congressional GOP to bring up what essentially would be “amnesty” for illegal immigrants by working out a deal with pro-amnesty immigration open door Democrats. You see, there are 193 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Pro-amnesty Republicans—most of whom continue to be NeverTrumper establishment types, die-hard defenders of the DC Swamp—are hoping to get twenty-five Republicans to sign onto a “release petition,” joining with Democrats so that a vote can be had to push forward amnesty. If they can secure twenty—five votes, added to the 193 Democrats, they will have a majority in the House and thus able to engineer the release.
Here is how Breitbart summarized this effort:
The List: Meet the ‘Never Trump’ Republicans Trying to Force a DACA Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
16 May 2018
Republican lawmakers from the failed “Never Trump” movement are spearheading the effort to force a vote in the House to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Thus far, a of more than 15 Republicans has signed onto what is known as a “discharge petition” to force a vote to bring an expansive amnesty plan for illegal aliens enrolled and eligible on the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the House floor. The group is largely made up of Republican lawmakers who were key figures in the effort to oppose President Trump and his “America First” agenda during the 2016 presidential election.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) is the leader of the discharge petition. Curbelo, in Oct. 2016, announced that he would not be supporting Trump during the presidential election. “I’m not supporting any of the two major candidates,” Curbelo McClatchy at the time. “I’m as disappointed with this election as most Americans are.” Curbelo opposed Trump so much during the election that he refused to attend the Republican National Convention.
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during the 2016 presidential election, has also signed onto the discharge petition. Love the Salt Lake Tribune in October 2016 that she would not be voting for Trump for president. “His behavior and bravado have reached a new low,” Love said at the time. “I cannot vote for him.”
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who has signed the discharge petition, opposed Trump so much in the 2016 election that he ran ad campaigns against him. “I’m a Marine – for me, country comes first. My duty is always to you. So if Donald Trump is the president, I’ll stand up to him. Plain and simple,” Coffman in his 2016 ad.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), also a signer of the discharge petition, during the 2016 election that he could not “in good conscience support or vote for” Trump. Hurd took his opposition a step further and asked him to drop out of the presidential race in order for another Republican to step in.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), an influential Congressman, signed the discharge petition as well. Upton to endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential election, saying he was “gonna stay in my lane”:
“There is a lot of things that folks are not happy about with either of these two candidates,” Upton said at the time. “We’re running our own race. Don’t look for me to endorse anyone in this race probably the rest of the year.”
A fellow signer of the discharge petition is Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who Trump during the 2016 presidential election and said his various comments on the campaign trail were “too much.” Dent is retiring from Congress and even partially Trump for his departure.
“Mr. Trump’s incendiary comments fly in the face of our constitutional right to religious freedom,” Dent said in 2015 of Trump’s travel ban. “Someone who is running for president should be working to find ways to unite Americans.”
Another discharge petition signer, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), did support Trump against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election but off that support in the months leading up to the election. Costello came out against Trump’s travel ban in 2015 and dropped out as a delegate for the Republican National Convention (RNC) in 2016.
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), also a signer of the discharge petition, his endorsement of Trump in 2016, saying, “I am disappointed with the divisive rhetoric coming from this Presidential Election and cannot support either candidate.”
The other signers of the discharge petition include:
- Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
- Rep. David Reichert (R-WA)
- Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)
- Rep. John Faso (R-NY)
- Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
- Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA)
- Rep. Diana DeGette (R-CO)
- Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
- Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI)
Months of has revealed that a no-strings amnesty for illegal aliens is very unpopular with GOP voters. GOP voters and swing voters have consistently told pollsters by huge majorities that they want to see legal immigration levels decreased to raise wages for America’s working and middle class.
And how does the present GOP leadership in the House react to this effort? Of course, they recoil at it: they realize, although they don’t wish to admit it, that a pro-amnesty position is an immense losing proposition among grass roots conservative voters. But their “opposition” appears not one based on principle, but rather one of expediency, and the accustomed and utterly failed praxis of “compromise on and avoid” the issue, get it off the table, don’t talk about it, lest those fat cat donors and Business Round Table and Chamber of Commerce types become anxious, or the loony left launch another assault on them as “racists” and “white oppressors.”
Here is how Speaker Paul Ryan is attempting to “head off” the issue:
Ryan Sketches Plan for Amnesty Bill to Mollify Business-First GOP
16 May 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan offered President Donald Trump a plan that would let House legislators vote for an amnesty — and then vote against a bill containing Trump’s big three immigration reforms, sources tell Breitbart News.
The retiring Speaker offered the debate plan on Tuesday to counter the group of 20-plus pro-migration GOP representatives who are pushing for an amnesty via a discharge petition. The discharge petition would schedule a “Queen of the Hill” debate around four bills which would ensure passage of an amnesty bill for at least 2 million ‘DACA’ illegals.
Ryan also wants an amnesty, and his plan, sources said Wednesday, the discharge-petition push to persuade Trump to allow his four-part package of immigration reforms to be split into a proposed amnesty bill and a three-part reform bill.
That Ryan two-bill split would allow roughly 40 business-first GOP legislators to vote for an amnesty and allow them to block Trump’s reforms on border security, chain-migration, and the visa-lottery. One source said the amnesty bill would be an add-on amendment to the reform bill — and neither measure would pass unless both won a majority.
The two-bill plan emerged from leadership efforts to manage the discharge petition, but it leaves Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a difficult position. McCarthy initially accepted Ryan’s two-bill plan, which aids the GOP’s pro-migration members, including his fellow Californian, Rep. Jeff Denham.
But the leaders have now recognized that Ryan’s two-bill plan creates many new problems. It alarms the growing conservative side of the caucus, it alienates the GOP’s 2018 voters, and it threatens McCarthy’s plans to quietly slip into the House Speaker’s job after Ryan’s scheduled departure in January, a source said. It also torpedoes Trump’s reform strategy by splitting the business-backed amnesty from the voter-backed reforms.
“Our numbers are better,” McCarthy told House GOP members, per a source in the room. “If election is today we win. Will we continue to grow. But few things can disrupt us. We cannot disrupt ourselves. Intensity levels are still not there, and discharge petitions release the power of the floor that the American people gave us the responsibly to hold. When you release that power the majority goes to Nancy. If you want to depress intensity this is number one way to do it. We can debate internally but don’t let someone else like Nancy decide our future.”
The recognition that Ryan’s two-bill plan is no fix for the petition’s four-bill debate has left GOP leaders scrambling for alternatives which are acceptable to Trump, the mainstream GOP legislators and also to the pro-migration, business-first faction, the sources said Wednesday afternoon.
Ryan’s plan would Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) compromise “Securing America’s Future Act.” That bill has been endorsed by the White House because it follows Trump’s strategy of pairing popular, pro-American, wage-boosting reforms with some benefits for business, Democrats, and illegals. Currently, the Goodlatte bill — supported by pro-American immigration reformers — trades an enforceable, small amnesty for only the roughly 800,000 illegal aliens enrolled in DACA, plus extra white-collar workers for business, in exchange for a package of immigration reforms.
These reforms include mandatory E-Verify to ban employers from hiring illegal aliens, a reduction of legal immigration by ending both the process of “chain migration” and the Diversity Visa Lottery, and also authorizing — but not funding — the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Ryan has not supported any of those policies during his long career but has supported many measures to import cheap migrant workers for U.S. companies.
John Binder @JxhnBinder Republican House Bill Exchanges DACA Amnesty for Mandatory E-Verify, Legal Immigration Cuts http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/10/republican-house-bill-exchanges-daca-amnesty-for-mandatory-e-verify-legal-immigration-cuts/ … 8:02 PM - Jan 10, 2018
The Goodlatte bill also creates a new work-visa program for the agricultural industry in exchange for making use of the E-Verify program mandatory. The program would a resident population of up to one million, low-wage guest-workers.
Sources tell Breitbart News that Ryan’s plan is to gut the Goodlatte bill of E-Verify and the agricultural worker program, and perhaps many more features. Then, what is left of the Goodlatte bill — perhaps including the proposed elimination of chain migration and Diversity Visa Lottery — would get a House vote alongside the DACA amnesty.
The DACA amnesty would pass because of support from a group of at least 40 business-first Republicans and universal support from Democrats. But the gutted Goodlatte bill would likely be blocked — although narrowly — by the same tacit alliance of business-first GOP and pro-migrant Democrats.
Ryan’s alleged plan would the current so-called “discharge petition” where pro-immigration Republicans have teamed up with Democrats to force a vote on an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Other sources told that House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was the only member of the House leadership who opposes the discharge petition and Ryan’s two-bill fix.