Past Features

September 14, 2017

DACA Deal: Devil is in the Details

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BBC -- September 14, 2017  
DACA: Trump denies reaching 'Dreamers' deal with Democrats
    US President Donald Trump has denied reaching a deal with top Democrats to protect young undocumented migrants.
    Mr. Trump said "massive border security would have to be agreed in exchange for consent" on the immigrant programme.
    Top Congress Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced the agreement on the migrants, known as Dreamers, after talks with Mr. Trump on Wednesday.
    They said the plan excluded the president's proposed wall with Mexico. Mr. Trump said the wall would be built. [...]
    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later disputed the Democrats' account.
    On Thursday, Mr. Trump suggested the "Dreamers" deal and boosting border security would be subjected to a vote.
    And he insisted that the wall was "already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls" and "will continue to be built".

Glenn Spencer -- September 14, 2017
Is President Trump a border Trick or Treat? We should know by Halloween
    Breitbart reported a DACA fraud rate of '40 to 50 percent.
    Seeing a report of an increase DACA disqualifications, Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies observed: "It confirms that the DACA screening process was woefully inadequate. The eligibility bar was set very low, explicitly allowing people with multiple misdemeanor and certain felony convictions to be approved. Only a handful of the applicants were ever interviewed, and only rarely was the information on the application ever verified."
    Will Congress and the President demand an audit of DACA applications similar to the one I proposed?
    If not, we are in real trouble. We should know in the coming weeks.
    The president says he will build his ‘'wall”, but he insists it will be see-through. A see-through wall is a fence. Calling it a wall only infuriates the opposition. When will he start calling it a fence?
    Contracts for prototype ‘walls' have been let --- one to an Israeli company that specializes in ground radar. What does that mean?"
    Also, the Washington Post reports that the parent of the company is being accused of bid rigging and bribery.
    Why didn't Trump pick an American company that was not under such a cloud? We should know in a few weeks.
    And there is "Obama's Wall" that is currently on hold pending testing.
    Will he shut it down? Will Attorney General Sessions prosecute any wrongdoers? We should know in a few weeks.
    There is also a need to find a way to hold CBP accountable for border security.
    The next few weeks will tell us a great deal about where President Trump's heart really is when it comes to defending our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.
    By Halloween we should know if President Trump is a border trick or treat.