by Robert Carbery
Don’t give up on Trump just yet. It is far too early to throw in the towel and come to the conclusion that this is another status quo presidency. This is anything but.
Trump’s decision to work with Democratic leadership over the contentious DACA issue on immigration is the latest sign that the typical Republican vs. Democrat dichotomy is dying. At least, let’s hope with all our hearts. It is likely a smart move to work with both parties to remain flexible and pragmatic, then they will owe you come the end of the year when you finally get to tax reform.
Wednesday night’s round of striking a deal with the Democrats, essentially going around the do-nothing Congress of Paul Ryan / Mitch McConnell, shows that Trump is really throwing a wrench in things. No longer do Republican presidents only have to go along with what Republican lawmakers want. The Obama years are over when laws were enacted upon strict party lines. America is changing and Trump is bringing this to a reality in his efforts to deal with whoever is ready to make America Great Again in Congress.
The Republicans have had a stranglehold on power in Washington for the past seven months or so and have not been able to accomplish anything. Trump is right to go around Ryan and try to get something done. Breitbart did it’s quick work on the president, calling him the purveyor of amnesty in an angering of his base that propelled him to power.
Without any loyalty to either party, President Trump is shaking up Washington, which is what millions of Americans voted for him to do.
However, as many as 800,000 “dreamers,” or illegal immigrants taken to America as children, are still up in the air in this discussion. Schumer and Pelosi claim to have a deal on the DACA issue allowing legal status for these individuals and providing no funding for the border wall. And yet, Trump claims differently.
Ryan and McCarthy are due to meet with Pelosi and Hoyer to discuss the legal protections of these people brought to our country illegally as children.
“The speaker has said he wants Congress to address DACA as the president has called for, but he has not endorsed any one measure and has said border security will need to be a part of the solution,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in an email confirming the meeting.
Pelosi apparently requested the meeting with Ryan just after Trump decided to end the illegal DACA program in March 2018 unless Congress resolved the issue. Democrats have been working to grant legal status to DACA recipients, sending them on a course to U.S. citizenship for decades.
Illegal immigration is way down post-Trump’s election. ICE is allowed to do their jobs again. And law and order is being restored in this country after Obama’s eight tumultuous years promoting Black Lives Matter and instigating Antifa.
Trump is in a tough spot here in attempting to appease his base on immigration while also trying to be a more efficient president in his first year in office. I would say he is wise to reach out to the Democrats as long as he does not cave on building the wall and making America Great Again by enforcing illegal immigration and installing law and order. He is our best shot for bringing us back to where we need to be and we should give him the time to be successful and extend the support he needs even though many are turning to distrust him already.
We are still early on in this fight. It’s not over yet.
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by Robert Carbery