White House senior officials, who talked to President Trump last night, told me there is no deal on DACA with the Chuck Schumer Democrats and that the building of the wall is the cornerstone to any legislative DACA solution going forward.
“The President wants a wall along the border, and he is willing to obstruct any Congressional action that does not include it,” one senior White House official told me last night on the condition of anonymity. “There is no amnesty, there is no deal with the Democrats. A prototype of the wall is being developed now. The President won’t commit to the vehicle but there will be no amnesty – there are simply lines he won’t cross.”
The senior official also told me that President Trump would only consider DACA legislation that affected the 690,000 current DACA participants now, and would not entertain continuing the program for new applicants. “The President ended DACA going forward”, the official said.
Trump’s top campaign promise was to build the wall. Some took that literally, others have regarded it as a symbol of resolve to more broadly enforce our laws and enhance our national sovereignty.
While most of us acknowledge that the wall is just one, albeit a vital, component of an exhaustive list of needed reforms, there’s no turning back now. The wall has to be built because it has become the durable and symbolic centerpiece of America’s determination to enforce our laws and maintain control of our borders.
If it gets built, all other reforms are likely; without it, Trump faces major agenda defeat and national resolve will diminish.
The Day the Tiger Got Loose
On September 13, 2017 Trump learned a valuable lesson: his base will turn on him over amnesty for illegal immigrants, regardless of the circumstances.
Remember his comment on the campaign that if he shot somebody in cold blood on Park Avenue his base would still be with him?
The President found out yesterday that is not the case when he cavalierly floated DACA amnesty with no wall to the media and Chuck Schumer.
It was met with immediate fire and fury from his base.
Conservative talk radio caller telephones like mine lit up like a pinball machine in a penny arcade all over the country. The Trump base was infuriated. They showed it.
Trump found out in no uncertain terms that if he breaks his promise on the wall – and plays the globalist slave labor game with amnesty deals to appease the cheap labor and cheap votes D.C. uni-Party swamp crowd — all hell will break loose among his most ardent supporters.
Trump supporters know their establishment Republican representatives in Washington have lied to them over 30 years. Their patience has run out. The game has changed.
The President learned if he caves in on amnesty for illegals and negotiates away the wall its political suicide. He’ll lose the House in 2018; he’s out in 2020.
It’s like George Bush’s 1988 pledge: “read my lips, no new taxes”. You can’t break the pledge. If you do, you lose.
The Movement Transcends Its Leader
For two years I have said on national television and on my radio program the America first Trump doctrine is a movement. It cannot be contained.
The movement is now transcending its leader.
Trump set a tiger is loose in the streets. Trump either rides the tiger – or it will eat him.
If you want proof of this, circle Sept. 26th on your calendar.
That’s the day Alabama voters will soundly reject President Trump’s U.S. senate swamp candidate Luther Strange and elect Roy Moore in a landslide.
The movement is moving past its current leader.
Trump found out yesterday his base – which he ignited — cannot be managed.
It’s now managing him.
Following through on a key campaign promise, President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions effectively ended former President Obama’s “Dreamers” program today.
The Trump Administration was pushed into action by 10 Republican state attorney generals, who had threatened to bring suit against the federal government today to end the program that Obama first decried, then implemented without legislative authority several years ago.
Sessions reportedly told the President that Obama’s executive order had no standing, and the courts were likely to nullify DACA.
So Trump acted…decisively.
Naturally, Washington media elites and the Republican establishment Wall St. funded donor class was shocked this President is bothering to follow through on another campaign promise.
They don’t. Why should he? Lying is so much more civil.
Here are the facts to dispel the rumors about Trump’s DACA action:
- There are 690,000 people who are currently in the DACA program in the U.S. right now.
- Ages range from 16-35, with the average age at 23.
- Effective today, the U.S. government is not accepting any more DACA applications. Unless Congress passes a new law instituting it, the program is dead. No more applications, and no incentive to flood the border.
- There are approximately 33,000 current DACA applications in the system today. They will be processed, and if accepted each of these applicants will get a two-year work permit waiver.
- There are 73,000 current DACA workers who have re-applied for another two-year work extension. They will all be processed, and if approved under normal guidelines, will get another two-year work permit deferment.
- If anyone in the DACA program has a waiver that is about to expire in September, they have until October 5 to re-apply.
- DHS is not going to prioritize former DACA waiver recipients for deportation. The DHS and ICE will maintain their previously deportation priorities.
That’s it. Without Congressional action, The DACA program is over in about 2.5 years. Waivers are granted from the date of approval, not application.
What happens after new two-year waivers expire if there is no Congressional action?
Those in the DACA deferment program now will have two years to apply for U.S. entry through regular lawful means, marry a U.S. citizen, apply for work permits under other lawful avenues available, stay in the U.S. illegally and risk deportation after the permit expiration or return home.
What is Congress’ role now?
Congress has only three options:
- Do nothing, and let the DACA program terminate itself after about 2.5 more years
- Make DACA permanent and go forward accepting applications in perpetuity, or for another set period of time (sunset the new law).
- Provide amnesty to the 690,000 DACA participants in the deferment program now.
Now, lets see which Republicans vote for amnesty over their constituents’ wishes.
The onion is about to be peeled back.john@JFRadioshow.com
Former Chairwoman of the James City County Board of Supervisors, Mary Jones, is expected to announce her candidacy for U.S. Congress today in a Facebook Live event at 2:00 p.m.
Jones will take on first term U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (VA/R-2) in the GOP primary next June.
Taylor upset 4th District incumbent Randy Forbes in a Republican primary in June 2015 to capture the seat held by Scott Rigell since 2010. Forbes decided to run in the 2nd District when the courts redrew the 4th District, making it a likely Democratic seat.
The 2nd CD includes Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, and much of the Peninsula.
Sources tell me that Jones is calling donors and telling them that Taylor is pro-gay rights, and therefore, needs to be defeated. In addition, it appears her campaign will be based on a platform of defeating an establishment Republican.
Only problem is: Taylor defeated an establishment Republican –Forbes—two years ago.
Taylor, a former Navy Seal and tireless campaigner, who connects with his base, is an overwhelming favorite to win re-nomination.
Under normal circumstances, I would rate this challenge as gadfly status, with Jones getting about 20 percent of the “burn it to the ground” protest vote.
But that all changed when Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Stafford) sent out a statewide mailer blasting his GOP rival in the June 13 Lt. Governor primary race, Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier), for voting in favor of a gay judge.
I thought the mail piece would backfire on Reeves. It did the opposite, and almost propelled him to a late upset victory.
That mailer taught me a lot about the state of some Republican primary voters on the issue of gay rights in Virginia.
So we are not writing Jones off – just yet.
Liberal firebrand Tom Perriello, who lost the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial nomination to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in June, is now leading the effort to elect Democrats to the Virginia House of Delegates in the fall campaign.
But some Democrats are telling me privately that Perriello is doing more harm than good.
They cite several tweets he has sent, including one calling on the Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. – a Trump supporter – to obtain an “exorcism” to rid himself of the devil’s grasp.
“The devil has his grip so firmly around [Falwell] that I’m praying for his exorcism,” Perriello tweeted in mid-August, followed up by this tweet: “White evangelical leaders, your whiteness is the golden calf you choose to worship and idolize, in blasphemy of God’s word. #RepentNow.”
The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) was quick to condemn Perriello’s remarks.
“It is never acceptable to slander and smear a religious group,” the RPV said in a press release. “We demand that Tom Perriello immediately apologize to Jerry Falwell Jr. and evangelical Christians.”
The state GOP also called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, State Attorney General Mark Herring and Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner — all Democrats — “to unequivocally denounce Tom Perriello’s statements and call them what they are: bigotry.”
And Virginia Delegate Les Adams (R), a Liberty University alumnus, called Perriello’s tweet about Falwell “outrageous.”
To make matters worse (or better for some), Perriello has doubled down on Virginia’s statues and monuments removal debate, calling them “mythical” and chiding opponents for not calling for all Confederate monuments and plaques to be removed.
Some Democrats I’ve talked to are grumbling that Perriello’s high octane salvos are not exactly helping the cause of their candidates, many who are running in traditionally moderate districts held by Republicans.
One high placed state Democrat source told me, “It’s all about him. His position should be behind the scenes, seen but not heard.”
Other high ranking Democratic officials have said privately they are not impressed with Perriello’s group. “He’s over-paid and underperforming,” one offered, who requested anonymity to talk freely.
Several sources told me Perriello got the job at the behest of a small group of powerful Northern Virginia donors, who believe Clinton’s loss could have been avoided if she ran on the progressive principles that Perriello champions.
Steve Bannon’s west wing departure is a punch in the gut to the true believers who are convinced that President Donald J. Trump leads a movement.
Bannon saw Trump’s election for what is was: a political revolution and a once in a lifetime opportunity to completely transform the loser do nothing- donor driven national Republican Party into a vehicle for real political change who champions the beleaguered American worker.