I want to preface this post by saying that yes, this is certainly a pro-Trump blog, and that purely based on the alternatives, there’s just about nothing Trump could do that would turn me against him.
But this budget bill he’s about to sign into law is cancerous. It’s a monstrosity. It represents everything he claims to be against and perhaps the single-greatest betrayal of his supporters he could ever commit.
In all likelihood, it is Trump’s “Read my lips: No new taxes” moment–an instance where a President reneges on his central campaign promise, thereby demoralizing and alienating his base, probably for good.
But unlike taxes, which can be raised and lowered at any time, amnesty is forever. And that’s exactly what this budget bill is: amnesty.
A major the criticism of the bill is that “no one has read it,” and you often hear this phrase thrown around a lot. But it’s not accurate to say “no one has read it”–not with this bill, not with prior bills, not with Obamacare, etc.
Someone has read it. Hell, someone even wrote it. Probably quite a few people.
What “no one has read it” actually means is that a select few Uniparty Establishment Members of Congress wrote the bill and are hoping to hurry it through Congress and get it signed into law before its full, ugly details become widely known.
While we don’t know all of those details, what we do know so far is that this budget bill is the last thing this country needs right now.
In fact, it’s the complete opposite of what Trump’s supporters voted for, and which Trump has been fighting for these past few months.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) says the bill would actually weaken ICE and make the border less safe:
Here’s why I voted no on the dead-of-night, weaken-ICE spending “compromise” and why this whole process needs to be blown up pic.twitter.com/eQwrraqGFF
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 15, 2019
Here are some more specifics about the bill:
This is from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL):
.@RepMoBrooks on the biggest poison pill in the Spending Bill:
"Then you’ve got other language in this legislation that has the potential to RESTRICT the ability of a @POTUS to build a wall under the EMERGENCY DECLARATION that we anticipate tomorrow." https://t.co/yQYHIWYDEO
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 15, 2019
And it contains an amnesty provision that would cover over 1 million illegals:
It expands the chain migration program that has allowed millions to come into this country for no good reason:
The bill has far more money for “global health programs” than border security:
The bill contains ~2.5x more money for global health programs ($3.1 billion) than border barrier ($1.375 billion). Trump has gotten rolled by Congress throughout his entire term. For all the screaming and hyperventilating, he is an extremely weak president relative to Congress
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 14, 2019
It’s a complete disaster.
Daniel Horowitz summarizes the five worst provisions of this horrendous bill:
“1) Less of a wall than even what Democrats already agreed to: Trump originally demanded $25 billion for the wall. Then he negotiated himself down to $5.6 billion. Democrats balked and only agreed to $1.6 billion. This bill calls it a day at $1.375 billion, enough to construct 55 miles. But it’s worse than that. This bill limits the president’s ability to construct “barriers” to just the Rio Grande Valley sector and only bollard fencing, not concrete walls of any kind. There’s no ability to adapt. Furthermore, section 231 prohibits construction even within the RGV in five locations that are either federal or state lands. Remember, the challenge with building a wall in Texas is that, unlike in other states, the feds need to navigate issues with private lands. The first place you’d construct fencing is on public lands, which are now prohibited. The national parks along the border have gotten so bad that park rangers are scared to travel alone in them.
2) Liberal local officials have veto power over wall: Actually, on second thought, it’s likely that not a single mile of fence will be built. Section 232(a) of this bill states that “prior to use of any funds made available by this Act for the construction of physical barriers” the Department of Homeland Security “shall confer and seek to reach mutual agreement regarding the design and alignment of physical barriers within that city.” With whom must the feds consult? “The local elected officials.” Now you can understand the brilliance of limiting the wall to the Rio Grande Valley. These are the most liberal counties on the border (thanks to demographics of open borders itself!), and there is practically no local official who supports the wall in these counties.
What are the consequences? This bill stipulates that “Such consultations shall continue until September 30, 2019 (or until agreement is reached, if earlier) and may be extended beyond that date by agreement of the parties, and no funds made available in this Act shall be used for such construction while consultations are continuing.” Thus, all the Beto O’Rourke type of politicians in that region have de facto veto power. There’s a reason why they didn’t authorize fencing in conservative counties like Cochise and Yuma in Arizona.
There will be no border wall.
“3) This bill contains a blatant amnesty for the worst cartel smugglers: Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC. It’s truly difficult to understate the betrayal behind this provision. One of the driving factors of the invasion is the misinterpretation of the UAC law. Under current law, Central American teenagers are only treated as refugees if they are A) a victim of “A severe form of trafficking” and B) have no relatives in the country. Yet almost all of them are self-trafficked by these very illegal relatives who are indeed present in the country. Rather than clamping down on this fleecing of the American people, the bill gives amnesty to the very people paying the cartels to invade us!”
You’re starting to notice a pattern here, right? Not only does this bill give us none of what we want, it gives us more of what we don’t want.
“We can call this the MS-13 Household Protection Act of 2019,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. “We know that 80 percent of the UAC sponsors are in the country illegally. The number of people this would protect would reach into the hundreds of thousands, if all of the household or potential household members are counted. ICE has estimated that 30-40 percent of the MS-13 members it has arrested in the last two years arrived as UACs. There is no reason to shield any of these individuals from deportation. After all, if the minor is living with family, they should no longer be considered unaccompanied anyway. If there are illegal aliens here who do not yet have a child here to serve as a deportation shield, this certainly is an incentive for them to make the arrangements to bring one.”
4) More funding to manage and induce the invasion rather than to deter it: While offering no new funding for ICE deportation agents or immigration judges to speed up asylum claims, as the president requested, this bill adds another $40 million for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which moves asylum seekers to facilities in the interior of the country, where they are usually released. Vaughan, who has studied interior immigration enforcement for decades, warned that “this bill will further expand and institutionalize the catch-and-release policies for those arriving illegally at the border from all over the world.”
This bill makes everything worse, flat-out.
“What are the effects of the ATD program? “Most of these people have no intention of asking for asylum and know they don’t qualify for it, but are simply joining the illegal population, knowing it’s unlikely that they will be deported. The bill funds ‘case management’ staff to keep tabs on those who don’t abscond immediately, but no money for ICE officers to find and remove them. This is going to saddle the communities that have been forced to absorb these new arrivals with billions of dollars of future costs for schooling, health care, and other welfare services.”
At the same time, this bill reduces border detention beds from 49,060 to 40,520 rather than expanding them as Trump demanded. It contains no funding for more border agents. It offers $3.4 billion for refugee resettlement, more than last year’s record levels. Remember, much of the refugee program has been used not just for bringing in traditional refugees from overseas but to resettle the aforementioned Central American teenagers being self-trafficked through the border, empowering cartels, and taking advantage of us.
5) Doubling low-skilled workers: This bill (p. 1,161) doubles the number of H-2B non-agricultural, unskilled seasonal workers who will continue to be a public charge on America. This gives you a glimpse of what is driving this amnesty bill on the Republican side.
This is just a cursory glance through the bill. Taken together, these provisions will aggravate the criminal conspiracy of the cartels and continue the invasion. Just this week, 1,800 family units came in during one 24-hour period, a new record. The message of this bill is to come here and seek bogus asylum or to grab a kid and you and others will get amnesty. Plus, there are no wall or policy changes to mitigate these effects.
Moreover, this bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction. This is the sort of omnibus bill that ensnared Reagan in Iran-Contra. Signing this bill will undermine his case for an emergency at the border both legally and politically.”
The one ostensible saving grace is said to be that Trump will declare a national emergency and start building the wall on his own after signing this bill, but get this: the budget bill actually contains language that would specifically restrict Trump from declaring a national emergency to build the wall:
“According to one of the country’s leading experts on national emergencies, it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can trigger a process that could require the GOP-controlled Senate to hold a vote on such a declaration by Trump — which would put Senate Republicans in a horrible political position.”
Do you have any faith whatsoever that the Senate GOP will vote to uphold Trump’s national emergency? The GOP-controlled Senate just passed this radioactive spending bill–it will not rubber-stamp Trump’s national emergency. Zero chance.
Ace of Spades further explains why this bill will prevent Trump from declaring a state of emergency:
“Furthermore, this scotches Trump’s (claimed) plan to do this by Emergency order, because legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President would supersede the vague general powers the President would claim under the various statutes concerning national emergencies.
The specific trumps the general. The general powers conferred by statute for emergency authorization would be limited by the quite-specific limitations in the very spending bill Trump is signing.
Trump would sign a piece of paper forbidding him to do that which he claims he will next do on his own authority.”
There will be no wall built under a state of emergency.
After he signed the last horrendous omnibus bill several months back, he promised he would never do it again.
#ThrowbackThursday President Trump to Congress on $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill: "I will never sign another bill like this again."
Today’s spending bill is just as disastrous as that one Mr. President.
Honor your promise and veto this awful bill. pic.twitter.com/jDFokdABBI
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 14, 2019
And yet here he is preparing to do the same thing again.
I’m starting to wonder if maybe Trump should have left the immigration subject alone.
Not only does this budget bill not fund his wall, it actually contains a massive amnesty provision that will further screw Americans out of jobs, suppress wages, and continue the demographic transformation of this country that exclusively benefits Democrats.
In other words, Trump went into this budget battle demanding full funding for the wall, and he’s going to come out of the battle with no money for the wall and having signed a massive amnesty into law.
That’s how the Uniparty Establishment rolls: not only will they deny Trump what he wants, they will totally humiliate Trump and make him their bitch by also having him give them what they want against the wishes of Trump’s voters. The Uniparty’s message is this, “Your offer was border security and no amnesty. We’re going to give you amnesty and no border security, and there’s nothing you can do about it, you little bitch.”
It’s a complete humiliation. It seems personal. It seems like the Uniparty specifically tried to make this budget bill as bad as possible for Trump purely out of spite. They wanted to make an example out of him: this is what happens when you dare challenge Uniparty Consensus on immigration.
Consider the sheer audacity of the Uniparty in saying they’re not only going to deny Trump the wall and maintain the status quo on immigration, but they’re going to actually take this opportunity to push for amnesty and accelerate the demographic transformation of this country. It’s mind-boggling.
Not only is this a no-win for Trump and his supporters on immigration, it’s a major setback. This bill has us end up in a far worse place than we were before this shutdown battle even began.
Which is why I say I wonder if Trump would have been better off not even mentioning immigration at all: by making immigration his hill to die on with the shutdown, as well as the main issue during the campaign, Trump actually revealed immigration to be his biggest weakness. The Uniparty knows immigration is the one issue that will completely demoralize Trump’s supporters if Trump doesn’t deliver on it.
Simply agreeing to leave the immigration status quo alone might have given the Uniparty less incentive to seek out Trump’s total humiliation here. Because I feel like a major reason the Uniparty sought the ICE-weakening and amnesty provisions was purely to demoralize Trump’s supporters.
Just look at the despair among Trump supporters on social media: many feel like this is a complete betrayal by Trump, and they’re right. They’re ready to abandon ship, at least that’s what they’re saying.
The Uniparty not only wants to defeat Trump on immigration, it wants to force him to betray his supporters on immigration. “You’re not only going to fail to deliver on your promise to build the wall, you’re going to sign a massive amnesty into law.”
Maybe we should have never spoken up about immigration. The moment we dared say we wanted less immigration, our Uniparty Rulers responded, “You know what? Just because you said you want less immigration, we’re actually going to give you more. Because fuck you, that’s why.”
I’m starting to think the previous status quo would have been better. Why did we have to go and open our big mouths?
These are truly evil people we’re dealing with here.
It’s now becoming apparent that turning America into a third-world nation is the most sacred dogma of all for the Uniparty Establishment.
This spending bill is so bad it’s hard to process it all. I’m still trying to figure out how we got here. It all just happened so fast.
One minute we thought we might be getting the wall, now we learn Congress has put together a bill that basically codifies OPEN BORDERS FOREVER into law and Trump is going to sign it.
President Trump, veto this monstrosity of a bill and at least go on record as having done all you could to oppose it. Even if your veto gets overridden (which it will), at least you tried. I guess we can take solace in that.
They say Congress can’t agree on anything and that bipartisanship is dead, but it sure seems like Congress can agree on one thing: flooding America with third-worlders.
As I said above, there’s just about nothing Trump could do to make me abandon him. Where am I going to turn? What’s the alternative? John Kasich?
There is no alternative to Trump. He’s still far and away the best we have.
That said, two years in, it’s become abundantly clear: the Swamp will never be drained. It cannot be drained. Trump is one measly President against all of Washington.
He has no allies in Congress. His White House is filled with Establishment careerists who constantly steer him toward their ends and away from those of his base.
Look at this: “Trump’s aides fret he won’t sign the bill”
If Trump's aides are fretting he won't sign, they're the reason we don't have a wall https://t.co/9L2Jg05bex
— Anntensity (@anntensity) February 15, 2019
Trump is surrounded by people who are actively trying to undermine his agenda. That headline tells you everything you need to know about Trump’s “aides.”
Election Night 2016 was the high point. It proved one thing: an outsider can win the presidency. The people can still vote.
But since election night 2016, only one thing has been proven: even if you elect an outsider, the Swamp is just too powerful. Voting doesn’t mean shit. The only thing Trump’s presidency has proven is how small and powerless a President can be in the face of the full might of the Uniparty.
This is Trump’s Waterloo moment. In getting him to agree to not only no border wall but to actually accelerate the demographic transformation of this country, the Uniparty Swamp has in all likelihood just dealt Trump a mortal blow.
Failure, his supporters can understand and forgive. But not betrayal.
Last month’s shutdown was for Trump analogous to Napoleon escaping exile on Elba and returning to France. Just when you thought Napoleon was gone and finished, he returns, rallies an army and retakes power. Just when you thought Trump was finished, he shuts down the government for over a month and says he won’t budge until he gets a wall.
For a moment it almost seemed like we were going to win. It almost seemed like Trump was actually going to get the wall.
But of course, in the back of our minds, we all knew this was coming.
Just as Napoleon’s return to power was short-lived, so too was Trump’s defiance of the Swamp with the shutdown.
Because the iron law of American politics is this: the Swamp Always Wins.