A border wall in exchange for amnesty for illegal immigrants?
What would you do?
Where do you stand?
According to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, it appears President Trump is considering giving Democrats amnesty for his wall.
As usual, Republicans always cave to Democrats like parents giving in to their whining children.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged the White House and Democrats to consider supporting what he called a “breakthrough” compromise on immigration that would allow President Trump to secure his $5 billion demand for border security funds and also codify protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.
Graham: “I don’t see Democrats giving us more money, unless they get something.“
Graham said he proposed the idea to Mr. Trump, who he said called it “interesting.” He said the deal would entail the White House supporting the Bridge Act, a bill Graham co-sponsored to grant DACA recipients three-year work permits, as well as legislation to extend the legal status of TPS holders. In exchange, Democrats would need to support a spending measure that includes $5 billion in funding for border security.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "The wall has become a metaphor for border security" pic.twitter.com/vXrmJpUV52
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 30, 2018
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez has been arrested once or twice for protesting the Trump administration.
He’s now ready to pay President Trump’s “ransom” and potentially give in on the border wall IF…Dems get amnesty for illegals already in the country.
Guttierrez: “For my friends on the left, remember, there’s going to be a ransom that is going to be required. Pay it. It’s the right thing to do, because we’re never going to be able to overcome the 60 votes in the Senate.“
“There are people on the right that are going to want certain things. I don’t know if we have to give them a wall […] but we’re gonna have to sit down and negotiate.“
According to 45: “the complete wall will be built”…
Ann Coulter, who has soured on Trump after being his biggest supporter, is happy with the tweet:
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 25, 2018
While speaking with reporters on Christmas Day, Trump blasted Democrats for their wall stance:
President Trump: The people of this country want border security. It’s not a question of me. I wasn’t able to be with my family. I thought it was wrong for me to be with my family. My family is in Florida, Palm Beach. I would rather not be doing shutdowns… The only one who doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats because they don’t mind open borders. But open borders mean massive amounts of crime. The Democrats don’t want it because they want open borders. And yet every one of those Democrats approved the wall, or a fence, or very, very substantial barriers… The only time they went against it, the only time. There was only one time, when Donald Trump said we’re going to build a wall.
Barack Obama went around Congress constantly.
Republicans didn’t like that very much, and rightly so.
There are checks and balances for a reason.
When it comes to building a border wall, past congresses have voted in favor.
Therefore, would President Trump really be doing anything wrong by reallocating funds from random departments in order to keep Americans safe?
Everybody should say “no.”
The Department of Agriculture has about $200 billion in outstanding loans for rural development projects such as community buildings, bridges, roads, fire stations, police stations, water projects and barriers such as fencing and walls. These federal loans to local communities have low default rates that are attractive to private-sector investors because they represent large, reliable cash flows — the kind of investments that big money funds desperately desire.
About $50-100 billion worth currently held by USDA are very marketable and attractive commercial paper investments. The rights to collect the remainder of the debt on these loans could be sold to private parties who would pay a premium for such a steady stream of cash payments. The sales would give a profit cushion to the government and alleviate taxpayers from any future risk of nonpayment while retaining certain borrower guarantees.
For example, Trump could authorize the sale of $10 billion of USDA rural water loans on the secondary market, which could bring in a lump sum payment of $12 billion or more. Revenue from these proceeds could be directed to build the border wall.
Trump wouldn’t even be doing anything out of the ordinary.
The precedent for moving money around has been done before.
While the Constitution gives Congress power over the government’s purse strings, presidents of both parties have pushed the limits of their flexibility to use executive-branch funds free of congressional micromanagement. President George W. Bush was criticized for keeping billions in war spending off the books so it could be diverted to secret operations free from congressional oversight. Conservatives complained that President Barack Obama spent billions on health care without congressional authorization.
“Sadistic bastard” Trump tweeted a picture of a new proposed border wall.
Trump fans will love it. However, the mainstream media, Congressional Democrats, and liberals from coast to coast will absolutely hate it.
Reactions from the left:
You are a sadistic bastard. https://t.co/dfzqItVGqO
— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) December 21, 2018
Not the Onion, Chapter 989. https://t.co/1gRArEEa55
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) December 21, 2018
I love the emphasis on the pointy part….don't worry folks, these aren't nice slats…you could easily impale yourself! https://t.co/vt0ykU1fZT
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 21, 2018
Reactions from the right:
I don’t care if the wall is see through or has spikes on top. Just build it. This is crucial. Especially in places where our border has no fencing, barrier and leaves our country wide open.
I’ll take what ever. Make it happen. https://t.co/3KcHB1qPBQ
— Kambree (@KamVTV) December 21, 2018