â€˜Democrats Donâ€™t Really Want It â€˜
The Trump administration is complying with the court order to resume accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Despite this, Donald Trump attacked the program and Democrats in an early AM Twitter tantrum.
â€œThe Trump administration announced Saturday that it is complying with a federal court order by again allowing so-called ‘Dreamers’ to renew their quasi-legal status and work permits they enjoyed under a program that started in 2012,â€ Politico reported late Saturday.
Citing an update posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, Politico noted that â€œthe renewal process for recipients of Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals will resume effective immediately, despite the administration’s announcement in September that it was winding down the Obama-era initiative.â€
â€œDue to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA,â€ the update reads. â€œUntil further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.â€
The news didnâ€™t stop the presidentâ€™s latest Twitter tantrum, however. After attacking the Wall Street Journal for â€œmisquotingâ€ him â€“ theyâ€™d already released the audio â€“ he turned to DACA early Sunday.
â€œDACA is probably dead because the Democrats donâ€™t really want it,â€ Trump lied, â€œthey just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.â€
DACA is probably dead because the Democrats donâ€™t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018
â€œI, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again,â€ he continued, â€œpeople coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRSTâ€
I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018
The tweets follow the latest controversy surrounding immigration stemming from the president. You know the one.
As of late Saturday, Politico also noted, â€œthe Justice Department has yet to file an appeal or request a stay of the four-day-old injunctionâ€ on DACA.
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Trump Says He’s ‘Very Seriously’ Looking at Changing Constitutionally-Mandated Right to US Citizenship
President Donald Trump says he is looking “very seriously” at altering a constitutional right to citizenship at birth. The president made his remarks during a press gaggle during which he also called himself “the chosen one” as he looked up at the sky. Those remarks came just hours after he tweeted praise calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”
“We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” Trump told reporters. Birthright citizenship is mandated by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Also known as Jus soli, it dates back to English common law.
Basically the law says that any person on U.S. soil at the time of their birth is a U.S. citizen, regardless of their parent’s nationalities.
“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land. You walk over the border, have a baby — congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen,” Trump said, calling it “absurd.”
He told reporters if he were to end it he would do so via executive order.
It’s likely that would be unconstitutional and would absolutely be fought in court.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside,” the Constitution reads.
Watch the president discuss birthright citizenship:
President Trump: “We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. … It’s frankly ridiculous” pic.twitter.com/T09WT8BaBx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 21, 2019
In addition to likely being unconstitutional, Trump’s attempt to end birthright citizenship would be opposed by many.
Here’s a University of Texas Law professor:
Look all you want, Mr. President, but there are only two ways to end birthright citizenship in this country:
Have 2/3 of both the House and the Senate pass a constitutional amendment that 38 states ratify; or
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) August 21, 2019
Here’s a conservative, National Review writer David French:
Attempting to end birthright citizenship through an executive order (should Trump carry through with his threat) would be the most egregious attempted abuse of executive authority — outside of unilateral presidential military actions — in my lifetime.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 21, 2019
Watch: Trump Declares Himself ‘The Chosen One’
President Trump just stood on the White House lawn, looked up at the sky, and declared himself “the chosen one,” mere hours after tweeting out a quote calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”
The American president delivered his messianic remarks while speaking to reporters about his trade war with China.
Several reporters tweeted out his comments.
What a moment.
President Trump on the WH lawn just looked up to the sky and said, “I am the chosen one.”
He was talking about the trade war with China and repeated his claim that he needs to take on China for unfair trading practice.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 21, 2019
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 21, 2019
President Trump today:
-"I am the chosen one" on his trade war with China.
-Retweet claiming he is like the King of Israel.
-Retweet claiming he is like the 2nd coming of god.
— Christina Ginn (@NBChristinaGinn) August 21, 2019
Video. Watch as he looks up at the sky when saying he is the chosen one.
President Trump: "I am the chosen one."
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2019
Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House
A same-party primary challenge against a sitting president is not unheard of. Five members of a sitting president’s party would be extraordinary.
Currently, only former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.
But as The Washington Post just reported, there are four more Republicans in the wings, “inching” closer to declaring their candidacies.
Former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, whose journey over the past year has found him moving from disturbing support for Trump to joining the anti-Trump camp (while occasionally offering up some common sense takes on current issues,) is among the four. He “is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as a daily ‘bar fight’ with the incumbent over his morality and competency.”
Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who lost his seat after he criticized Trump and the president’s machine went into action against him, “said he is inching closer to a bid of his own by sounding out activists in New Hampshire and other early-voting states about an insurgency focused on the ballooning deficit.”
Former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who was also the target of the Trump machine, “said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days from GOP donors rattled by signs of an economic slowdown and hungry for an alternative to Trump.”
Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran for president in the 2016 primaries and earned The New York Times’ endorsement for the GOP nomination, “will head to New Hampshire next month to ‘take a look at things’ after experiencing ‘an increase’ in overtures this summer.”
While the chances of any Republican winning the Republican nomination over Trump are slim, primary challengers take up a campaign’s time, money, energy, and focus, and that can help the opposing party unseat an incumbent.
For example, in 1992 Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge against sitting President George H.W. Bush led to the 41st president losing the White House to then-governor Bill Clinton. In 1980 Senator Ted Kennedy challenged sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter, helping put Ronald Reagan into the Oval Office.
As Business Insider noted in May, “Throughout the 20th century, sitting presidents who faced challenges from within their own party went on to lose in the general election after being severely weakened.”
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