Here’s how bad the border bill is that Trump just signed…

As I wrote yesterday, I was really hoping that Trump wouldn’t sign this terrible border bill that both Republicans and Democrats offered up to Trump. But as we all know, he did.

It reminds me of early 2017, when Trump was offered an Obamacare ‘repeal’ by RINO Republicans that didn’t really repeal Obamacare at all, but yet he was ready to sign it and proclaim the end of Obamacare.

This is much the same way. The bill is terrible, yet Trump signed it anyway just to get the 1.375 billion that was being offered to him. He could have vetoed the bill and still proclaimed a national emergency, forcing legislators to override the veto itself or make it better. But Trump, for all his talk, was done fighting for everything except the money to build the wall (which we desperately need).



Before Trump signed the bill, Daniel Horowitz wrote a summary of several of the most egregious parts of this border 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.

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!

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.”

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.”

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.

Horowitz points out that the bill undermines Trump’s own declaration of a national emergency, arguing that the “bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction”.

He also adds that if Trump signs this terrible bill, that he doesn’t deserve reelection.

This is a big reason why we so heartily backed Ted Cruz in the primary of 2016, because it was clear even then Trump didn’t have strong values that he was beholden to and that he would likely govern as a milktoast RINO president.

That’s not to say Trump hasn’t done some great things. And if he does manage to get the wall built, that will be a huge success.

But after hearing him lambaste Democrats for months and months about our terrible border policies and loopholes, and then for him to sign a bill like this that creates more loopholes, only proves that he’s not really serious about fighting Democrats the way they need to be fought in order to defeat them. And clearly, neither are Republicans.

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barbiegirl, ny
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barbiegirl, ny

I’m sorry to say that signing this bill negates a lot of the good Trump’s done. Whose side is he on anyway? I don’t believe we will see a wall, and, yes, we’re now that much closer to becoming a socialist country in spite of Trump’s SOTU, feel-good “promise” to the contrary. Big let-down.

C.W. Smith
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C.W. Smith

That’s not to say Trump hasn’t done some great things. And if he does manage to get the wall built, that will be a huge success.

But after hearing him lambaste Democrats for months and months about our terrible border policies and loopholes, and then for him to sign a bill like this that creates more loopholes, only proves that he’s not really serious about fighting Democrats the way they need to be fought in order to defeat them. And clearly, neither are Republicans.

I agree with this in totality.

SheerPolitics
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SheerPolitics

Well the TDSers won’t listen, but here DHS explains why there’s NOT an “amnesty poison pill” in the Border Security Bill.

“That ‘amnesty’ claim is based on section 224 of the budget — which appears, on first glance, to block the deportation of many people who are illegally in the U.S.

But a DHS official told Fox News that terms like “potential sponsor” have precise meanings in Department of Homeland Security regulations — meanings that severely limit the number of people the budget keeps safe from deportation.

For example, to be a “potential sponsor” according to the DHS regulations, one must file significant paperwork — such as showing ID (U.S. or foreign) and proof of residency. The adult applying must also submit documents about the child.

Further, because the bill only applies to kids who are unaccompanied, it does not provide protection for those bringing kids into the US.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dhs-official-border-security-bill-does-not-contain-amnesty-poison-pills

D Guest
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D Guest

I think this is a lot worse than new taxes after lip-reading.

Randall
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Randall
Conserv_58
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Conserv_58

Trump’s got some splanin’ to do.

Big J
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Big J

It would be nice to post these comments a few weeks before the 2020 election. My guess is that the majority of the people claiming they were going to vote for Trump in 2020 but wont now, will. It is a political eternity until the next election. By the time Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Erickson and all of the Fox News commentators get done bludgeoning everyone with the binary choice and “what about the Democrat” club most if not all will come into submission. Most will have found a way to compartmentalize truth, hold their nose and vote Trump. If only there were more rebellious ones…

PacksA9
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PacksA9

Instead of a room full of hamburgers, Trump now offers up a 55 mile long crap sandwich to his voters. And we all have to take a bite.

jcheesebadger
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jcheesebadger

The wall is not “desperately” needed.
Such wording is used to justify terrible omnibus bills like the one passed.

The largest contributors to the crisis are the current Federal laws and state magnet programs that draw people here and enable them to stay.

Update: The San Ysidro wall only has about 1 mile of old fence remaining between beach and San Ysidro port of entry.

PNWShan
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PNWShan

The first post I saw on this was from Daniel Horowitz on Twitter and the whole thing makes me feel ill. It’s worse than doing nothing at all. Absolutely sickening.

TheNightmareIsReal
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TheNightmareIsReal

I just don’t understand what possible purpose there was in signing this and giving so much control away, giving so much up. This is such a disaster, it’s disappointing..

pete smith
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pete smith

“Horowitz points out that the bill undermines Trump’s own declaration of a national emergency, arguing that the “bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction”.

The restrictions in the bill are on the funds–$1.37 billion—in the spending bill. They were not restrictions on wall construction types and locations in general. More specifically, they are nor restrictions on how the money from the other three sources that Trump tapped –the military drug trafficking corridors, the forfeiture funds, or the emergency declaration funds. Congre

ssohara
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ssohara

I voted for Ted in the primary. Sigh. Until this debacle I was enjoying the Trump presidency.

JJJ
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JJJ

This is a huge disappointment. If he doesn’t make good on his number one promise to the American people it’s unlikely he gets the turnout he needs to get reelected. This is his base we’re talking about.

Qui tacet consentit
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Qui tacet consentit

Like it or not, I will vote for him. As the other choices are letting the ones who hammered this deal out, have free reign once a Liberal is elected. I have already survived eight years, the next eight will complete their agenda, they are already calling for the Border Walls to come down.

EWizzyE ✓JDSon
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EWizzyE ✓JDSon

Good points by Horowitz. I would argue that Trump probably has a team of lawyers that have read the bill in full and advised on next steps. Texas itself is thinking of building a wall in their state on their own, separate from the Feds.

Osip Mikhailov
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Osip Mikhailov

Interesting to see those, who were MAGA, then shift themselves away from the group by then critiquing the very group he was a part of lol

Mike Cernovich
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I feel terribly for MAGA. Your country is being destroyed, but you don’t have the courage to demand that Trump keep his promises and stand up to Pelosi. Which is another way is saying, You deserve what Democrats have cooking for you. Enjoy socialism!

ghalv
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ghalv

The border bill Trump signed is so horrific, that to dwell on its details is to fall into despair… A Free People would be in revolt, but, alas, Americans have fallen asleep, oblivious to the wicked forced in their land.

Mr. Right
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Mr. Right

The art of the deal? The only ones that are disappointed are the Trumpsters who thought that he was the second coming.
I really do hope Trump will turn this ship around bc we cannot have the extremist on the left take over.

Shaker-3rd party conservative
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Shaker-3rd party conservative

The PATHOLOGICAL LYING CON ARTIST KNEW what he was doing the entire time HE KNEW IT he set out to deceive as many people as possible BECAUSE HE IS A NY FLAMING LIBERAL WHO DONATED TO HILLARY!! IT IS SICK. IT IS DISGUSTING. HE WANTS OPEN BORDERS. Ted: “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies,” Cruz added. “In a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying.” And: “Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it.” And: “The man is utterly amoral.” And: “Donald is a bully. Bullies don’t come from strength; they come from weakness.” “Donald is lying to his supporters. Donald will betray his supporters on every issue. If you care about immigration, Donald is laughing at you, and he’s telling the moneyed elites don’t believe what he’s saying that he’s… Read more »

One Bert
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One Bert

Go ahead and bash the President for signing this bill, but let’s not pretend like Ted Cruz would have prevailed over the establishment on the border issue, or we’re giving Red Hats a run for their money.

pinecone321
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pinecone321

There is something really screwy going on with disqus. There are currently 265 comments to this article, and on my screen it is giving the message to be the first to comment, with not one comment posted.

Anyway, I’m sad to hear that Pat Caddell has died. I know he was a Jimmy Carter guy, but I think he knew the Democrat party was going way off the rails long ago. RIP Mr. Caddell.

CJ
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CJ

I was irate yesterday about these items and then I heard most of them were removed from the final bill. Just who do we believe? Both parties have become absolute filthy liars/frauds; again these creeps mock us with every communist bill they sign.

How do we stop this short of revolution? How do we protect our freedoms, borders, courts, and ourselves from these mafia parties?

Susitna
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Susitna

I just found this guys. Worth reading: “According to Senator Lee’s comms man, Conn Carroll, the president actually took a few actions, not just one. And some of the actions he took were very important to get him where he needs to get without facing interference from the Democrats. Carroll goes on to note that Trump actually took three actions, not just the one”national emergency” declaration. “First the White House announced they would be funding $601 million in wall construction from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, relying on 31 U.S.C. § 9705. This does not require an emergency declaration,” Carroll began. “Second, the White House announced they would be funding $2.5 billion in wall construction under 10 U.S.C. § 284 (this is MilCon money for combating drug trafficking). This does not require an emergency declaration,” he added. “Finally, the WH announced they would be funding $3.6 billion under 10 U.S.C. §… Read more »

Aaron Herald
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Aaron Herald

The Fifth Avenue Shooter has struck again.

Renny
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Renny

Yep. Well written assessment. Pathetic cave by the orange one.

abc2xyz
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abc2xyz

That “The art of the deal” is nothing but “The art of caving” and/or “The art of not walking the talk” or ….. welcome to open borders .

coolercoleman
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coolercoleman

President Trump has some of the worse advisers who ever served a president. He would be doing the voters a big favor if he fired them all including his family. There is never an excuse to signing any bill without reading it.

SalMoanella
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SalMoanella

Yep. Once again Pelosi runs circles around trump. She just won 2020 for the dems.

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

Wow, now I’m having trouble with Disqus, all of the comments have disappeared.

Ciceroni Excogitatoris
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Ciceroni Excogitatoris

The local officials have a say in regards to the $1.37 billion the bill provides, not the rest of the money Trump will use to build the wall. As for the other parts of the bill, the RINOs along with Kushner ( which I’ve said many times should be sent packing back to NYC) are atrocious… let’s see how this plays out in the end.

TXGRunner Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ ☑
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TXGRunner Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ ☑

This provision of the bill should be titled “Child trafficking rapid growth bill.” **Anybody** in the world who wants to illegally enter the US — with zero risk of deportation — just needs to steal a child. Parents were willing to send young kids, unaccompanied, several thousand miles to the US with the hope the rest of the family could then come in under chain migration. How many will accept $500 or $1000 for their child? …or maybe their 9 year old daughter just never makes it home from school today…she just disappears. Now, any jihadist, gang member, or narco can steal or buy a child as a defense against deportation. Have uncle Muhammed accompany nephew 10 year old Ali and neither can be deported under this law. Rafael pays Juanita $500 for her 8 year old daughter Maria, and now neither can be deported — he’s a sponsor. Mohammad… Read more »

Ronbo
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Ronbo

Wow. You’d think Obama was still President.

AT
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AT

It reminds me of early 2017, when Trump was offered an Obamacare ‘repeal’ by RINO Republicans that didn’t really repeal Obamacare at all, but yet he was ready to sign it and proclaim the end of Obamacare.

Well sure. Just like he promised the “end” of Obamacare, he promised a wall. If he doesn’t deliver then….

And that’s what all this is really about. Border security? Pfft. That’s just the chum.

56Survivor
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56Survivor

I wonder if his base is still with him? If so, they need to have their heads examined. He totally sold them out.

TXGRunner Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ ☑
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TXGRunner Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ ☑

Congrats to all those who sought a super-yuge amnesty, you got it!

There are 4.8 billion (adult population outside the US) potential sponsors in the world. This bill provides every one of them an affirmative defense against deportation.

This is open borders. Legal immigrants need not apply.

Lady_Clare
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Lady_Clare

He only makes the best deals….

CheetoBuster!
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CheetoBuster!

I also wanted Cruz but Cruz wouldn’t have won against Hillary. Trump had the big mouth and he said exactly what a lot of people wanted to hear. Cruz doesn’t speak like that. We needed Trump to get people to wake up out of their leftist coma’s and he achieved that. I know many democrats that voted for Trump but wouldn’t have voted for Cruz. Sad but I believe Trump was a blessing for Cruz. Now those people are paying attention and see the democrats for who they are and will vote Cruz 2024.

3DCheese
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3DCheese

If 224 isn’t a blatant amnesty , and a dangerous version of one even if you are pro amnesty.. if it’s not so bad, shouldn’t someone from Team Trump come out and explain that it is ‘limited’ or ‘restricted’ in order to calm people?
Shouldn’t one of the congressman who voted on it from the conservative R side explain to us rubes why Coulter and Horrowitz are wrong and Hannity is right? I’m open to their arguments. I’d love to be convinced that my concern is misplaced.

iidvbii
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iidvbii

Revolting

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