As the Supreme Court advances towards a decision on the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obama-era DACA mini-amnesty, it looks like they will narrowly affirm the president’s executive authority. The Ninth Circuit ruled Trump’s move to end DACA was unconstitutional in 2017, even though this decision had no Constitutional or legal basis.
The 9th Circuit judges involved decided to practice the traditional bureaucratic veto against a decision they don’t personally agree with: slow down policy with red tape.
Trump’s reaction to these developments is alarming. The understanding during Trump’s 2015-16 campaign promises to terminate DACA was that he would deport the recipients. The hardly existent implementation of American immigration law would only subject the illegals in question to deportation if they commit crimes, and even then this is not true in “sanctuary cities” anyway.
By calling on Congress to codify DACA into law, Trump would be overseeing the largest amnesty since Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, which legalized approximately 4 million illegal aliens.
In January 2018, Trump previously offered Democrats a deal to triple the number of people covered by DACA to 1.8 million in exchange for a small portion of wall funding, and at least 3.6 million would be eligible. As immigration researcher Ann Coulter has shown, the real number of illegal aliens inside the United States is much greater than what is commonly reported, so whatever numbers are publicly available right now are an understatement.
GOP: The Party of Open Borders
History shows that a narrow majority of Republicans only resist “immigration reform” when they’re out of power. The gang of eight in 2013 is usually cited as the last big legalization push, but the last serious attempt at an amnesty was in 2007.
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, concocted by John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Democrat Edward Kennedy, enjoyed the sponsorship and personal input of President George W. Bush himself. This bill would’ve given a “pathway to citizenship” to every illegal alien in America.
The law was slated to pass until North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, a Democrat who had close ties to organized labor (segments of which opposed this “immigration reform”), added an amendment that would completely scrap the US’ guest worker visa program after five years. This was a “poison pill” that led to prominent big business groups pulling their support. Congressional Republicans soon followed and the bill collapsed.
The conservative establishment Trump has ceded his presidency to is already demanding he betray his voters on immigration. The National Review Editorial board echoed Trump’s public statements in demanding Congress provide legal status to those who arrived illegally as minors. They want to add some semantic caveats, but when the rubber hits the road, precedent (such as the 1986 act) shows judges will not enforce any of them.
No voter opposes DACA based on legalistic “executive power abuse” grounds, but conservative media appears united in developing this stupid narrative so that they can sneak what their Zionist and capitalist benefactors want through the backdoor.
Reactionaries and Libertarians See Opportunity to Strike
To add insult to injury, Stephen Miller, the only anti-immigration voice left in the Trump administration, is being subjected to feigned outrage from a few sources after a Southern Poverty Law Center hit piece.
Michael Edison Hayden, an extremist with close ties to anarchist paramilitary violence, released a number of private exchanges provided to him by a disgruntled groupie meant to feed pre-packaged outrage and get Miller fired. The SPLC is currently hosting a petition demanding Miller’s removal because he once read an article from VDare.
Writing for the Catholic reactionary website “Mere Orthodoxy,” the Jewish convert to Christianity Susannah Black attacked Miller and public demands to curtail immigration in an excoriation of the “post-Christian right,” which she sees as sinful for choosing to protect Americans from the many, often deadly, horrors mass immigration brings to working class people who can’t afford to move away from the chaos.
The American Conservative, which last year ran a piece calling Stephen Miller a “mensch,” has not written any defense of the besieged figure as of the time of this writing.
What’s interesting is that much of the mainstream media appears uninterested in getting Miller purge. Signaling against Miller appears to be a purely symbolic gesture, an attack on the idea of border-enforcement as something beyond the pale. Ann Coulter, who has access to insiders in Washington, believes Miller is a subversive who is helping prevent action on immigration himself. The crusade against Miller appears to be an empty therapeutic ritual in response to a likely defeat for DACA in the Supreme Court.
Whatever the truth is, Trump will be following in the footsteps of his GOP predecessors and ramming through an amnesty in exchange for enforcement concessions that will never see the light of day (Reagan’s amnesty was similar), probably not in an election year, but certainly after re-election.
In the end, Miller’s emails show that Trump’s 2016 cinderella election was only possible thanks to appeals to white – not Christian, not Tea Party, not Israeli – interests.
Thus far, Trump’s 2020 talking points appear to be crafted for a voting population composed exclusively of Israelis, unemployed black people who now have jobs, and hedgefund managers receiving tax-breaks when purchasing private jets.
The forgotten man remains forgotten.