During the GOP primary season prior to the 2016 election, Jeb “Just Eliminate Borders” Bush took some heat from GOP conservatives—yes, Virginia, there used to be such a thing—for his Obama-esque position on so-called immigration reform and DACA.
Perhaps the greatest example of Jeb’s wrong-headedness on the subject was seen in comments he made to a group attending an event recognizing the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency.
In response to a question on why he was so soft on the immigration issue, Jeb stated that these people had come to America illegally to provide a better life for their families and that they should be treated with “sensitivity” because their illegal actions were simply “an act of love.”
In the days following Trump’s Rescind-In-Name-Only DACA order, Jeb has shared his feelings with Trump multiple times on how he would like to see the $1 million-plus DREAMers taken care of—even calling on the New York liberal to “come to DACA’s defense.”
Come to DACA’s defense, Mr. Trump https://t.co/yqRcPAHpv8 With Presidential leadership, this can be resolved.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 30, 2017
Of course, Jeb’s appeal to the president was unnecessary. Besides recent indications that he would trade his border wall for a DACA bill, Trump has made amnesty for DREAMers and making DACA permanent primary goals of
his Ivanka’s administration. Still, it looks like Trump has embraced Jeb’s “love” approach to illegal immigration.
Calling the DACA fix a bi-partisan “bill of love,” Trump admitted in a meeting with Congressional leaders yesterday that his position on DACA will be whatever Congress tells him it should be. He agreed to sign any DACA bill brought to his desk because he has “confidence” that Congress will come up with something “really good” and he promised to “take the heat” from his base for his lie about ending DACA.
Of course, Trumps acceptance of the Jeb Bush policy simply confirms how Trump lied about fixing DACA, but with 2018 already an uphill slog for the Trumplican party, even members of the cult know that Trump’s DACA fixation is likely to do serious damage his administration.
Nothing Michael Wolff could say about @realDonaldTrump has hurt him as much as the DACA lovefest right now.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 9, 2018
But worry not, Trump cult. All is not lost.
In the meeting yesterday, Trump expressed his support for the return of Congress’s abusive practice of using “earmarks” in spending bills and called for their restoration as a way to build bipartisanship. The idea is already being worked on by the House Rules Committee.
At least he’s keeping his promise to drain the swamp. Right? On second thought, never mind.
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