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Trump Loves Cheers, But Will Regret Cozying up to Dems

“Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?”

The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut a deal with “Chuck and Nancy” for amnesty for 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who came here illegally as youngsters, in return for Democratic votes for more money for border security.

According to preening Minority Leader Pelosi, the agreement contains not a dime for Trump’s Wall, and the “Dreamers” are to be put on a long glide “path to U.S. citizenship.”

Trump denies this is amnesty, and says the Wall comes later.

Fallout? Among the most enthusiastic of Trump backers, disbelief, disillusionment and wonderment at where we go from here.

Trump’s debt-ceiling deal cut the legs out from under the GOP budget hawks. But amnesty would pull the rug out from under all the folks at those rallies who cheered Trump’s promise to preserve the country they grew up in from this endless Third World invasion.

For make no mistake. If amnesty is granted for the 800,000, that will be but the first wave. “There are reasons no country has a rule that if you sneak in as a minor you’re a citizen,” writes Mickey Kaus, author of “The End of Equality,” in The Washington Post.

“We’d be inviting the world. … (An amnesty) would have a knock-on effect. Under ‘chain migration’ rules established in 1965 … new citizens can bring in their siblings and adult children, who can bring in their siblings and in-laws until whole villages have moved to the United States.

“(T)oday’s 690,000 dreamers would quickly become millions of newcomers who may well be low-skilled and who would almost certainly include the parents who brought them — the ones who in theory are at fault.”

Trump is risking a breach in the dam. If the populists who provided him with decisive margins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania feel betrayed, it’s hard to blame them.

Why did Trump do it? Clearly, he relished the cheers he got for the debt ceiling deal and wanted another such victory. And with the rampant accusations of a lack of “compassion” for his cancellation of the temporary Obama administration amnesty, he decided he had had enough heat.

It is not easy to stand up for long to the gale force winds of hostile commentary that blow constantly through this city.

Trump’s capitulation, if that is what turns out to be, calls to mind George H. W. Bush’s decision in 1990 to raise the Reagan tax rates in a deal engineered for him by a White House-Hill coalition, that made a mockery of his “Read my lips! No new taxes!” pledge of 1988.

For agreeing to feed the beast of Big Government, rather than cut its rations as Reagan sought to do, Bush was called a statesman.

By the fall of ’92, the cheering had stopped.

Can Trump not know that those congratulating him for his newfound flexibility will be rejoicing, should Bob Mueller indict his family and his friends, and recommend his impeachment down the road?

What makes pre-emptive amnesty particularly disheartening is that the Trump policy of securing the border and returning illegal immigrants to their home countries appears, from a Census Bureau report this week, to be precisely the prescription America needs.

In 2016, paychecks for U.S. households reached an average of $59,039, up 3.2 percent from 2015, a year when they had surged.

U.S. median household income is now at its highest ever.

Yet there are inequalities. Where the median family income of Asian-Americans is above $81,400, and more than $65,000 for white Americans, the median family income of Hispanic families is $47,675, and that of African-American households far less, $39,490.

Consider. Though black Americans are predominantly native-born, while high percentages of Hispanics and Asians are immigrants, from the Census numbers, Hispanics earn more and Asians enjoy twice the median family income of blacks, which is below where it was in 2000.

Still, black America remains steadfastly loyal to a party that supports the endless importation of workers who compete directly for jobs with them and their families. Writes Kaus, “The median hourly wage (of DACA recipients) is only $15.34, meaning that many are competing with hard-pressed, lower-skilled Americans.”

Looking closer at the Census Bureau figures, Trumpian economic nationalism would appear to have its greatest appeal to the American working class, a huge slice of which is native-born, black and Hispanic.

The elements of that policy?

Secure the border. Halt the invasion of low-wage workers, here legally and illegally, from the Third World. Tighten the labor market to force employers to raise wages in our full-employment economy. Provide tax incentives to companies who site factories in the USA. Impose border taxes on the products of companies who move plants abroad.

Put America and American workers first.

Will any amnesty of undocumented workers do that?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.

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30 Comments To "Trump Loves Cheers, But Will Regret Cozying up to Dems"

#1 Comment By WorkingClass On September 15, 2017 @ 4:37 am

“If amnesty is granted for the 800,000, that will be but the first wave.”

Thanks for that little “if” Pat. Is it a given that congress will grant amnesty? Was not that always the prerogative of the congress?

#2 Comment By cool math games On September 15, 2017 @ 4:52 am

I dont like him but no one sure can do better

#3 Comment By Allwinbose On September 15, 2017 @ 5:05 am

President Trump should give permission to stay dreamers until then they complete their studies.

#4 Comment By Liam On September 15, 2017 @ 7:39 am

“In 2016, paychecks for U.S. households reached an average of $59,039, up 3.2 percent from 2015, a year when they had surged”

Which occurred under…Obama…not Trump.

Lazy writing like this is unworthy of you, Pat.

#5 Comment By JohnS On September 15, 2017 @ 7:50 am

Trump, regret? Trump regrets nothing. Watching his supporters weep at the betrayal, I feel almost as much schadenfreude as I felt watching Hillary lose. Trump’s unfaithfulness, however, was much more predictable than Hillary’s loss.

#6 Comment By Fred Bowman On September 15, 2017 @ 8:31 am

Pat “the Wall” was never going to built. Seriously, why build a wall now when of America’s jobs have already gone to Mexico? At best America will have drones flying along the border to try and stop the illegals.

#7 Comment By oneil Levesque On September 15, 2017 @ 8:56 am

Say it ain’t so trump… hopefully the devil is in the details? This means history will talk about Trumps upset election but not his platform… this is his waterloo.

#8 Comment By C.D. On September 15, 2017 @ 9:17 am

Trump knows that the first rule of negotiating is: If you can’t walk away you’re not negotiating.

He just walked away from the GOP majority in Congress, and good for him. They didn’t want–or were simply unable–to deliver any of his policy objectives. They were just hoping to sit back and gradually co-opt him into their do-nothing, white-backlash conservatism of symbolic victory and creeping defeat.

My only hope is that the Congressional GOP is demolished in 2018, so that some actual America-first conservatives can replace them when the Democrats overreach (which will take about a New York minute). The current crop of Republicans in Congress has been a cancer on the nation dating back to Newt Gingrich.

Donald Trump is not the change. He’s just the meteor that will take down the political dinosaurs. The change comes after him. Someone will pick up the baton and run with it.

#9 Comment By collin On September 15, 2017 @ 9:26 am

We will have to see what are the next steps here and most Asian-Americans & Hispanic-Americans are not Immigrants. They were born here. And this unfortunately sounds a little like Steve King’s that the African & Hispanic-American will battle it out. (I live in California and this is pipe dream stuff. Heck the Korea and African-American communities held 25 year discussions on Rodney King.)

TBH, Trump was never going to win the DACA Immigrants as they are very well behaved, educated/military and organized group. In terms of stories, they are two step below nuns. But because Trump was so lazy as a President he did not even get Democratic concessions on the DACA deal. I have no idea how he did not even get The WAll funding out this.

#10 Comment By Kurt Gayle On September 15, 2017 @ 9:58 am

Steve Bannon was interviewed by Charlie Rose the day after the Trump administration announced it would end DACA. President Trump gave Congress six months to sort it out, but Bannon believes the DACA program should simply be abolished. Most of the following exchange was not included in the televised “60 Minutes” interview with Bannon:

Charlie Rose (begins at 27:23): 2018 is going to be a big year for you? You’re not worried about losing the house? You’re not worried about losing the senate?

Steve Bannon: I’m worried about losing the house now because of DACA. And I tell you why. This whole situation of DACA in the last 24-48 hours, which I think has to be sorted out, the whole issue of amnesty was put to bed in 2013 in the great civil war that occurred in that summer in the Republican Party. The predicate of Donald Trump’s winning of the nomination was that issue of amnesty. Remember, when he beat 16 people, that was the creme de la creme of a generation of Republican politicians…One of the reasons he beat them, he was so different on immigration and trade, but particularly on immigration…Amnesty has been non-negotiable in the Republican Party and my fear is that with the six months downrange, if we have another huge — if this goes all the way down to its logical conclusion in February or March, it will be a civil war inside the Republican Party that will be every bit as vitriolic as 2013. To me, doing that in the springboard of primary season for 2018 is extremely unwise. It is extremely unwise. You have the ability right now to pick up five or six seats in the senate and in the red states. You have the ability, I think, to hold the house and maybe even pick up a couple…I feel confident until DACA, and I think this is a huge problem. I think it is a huge problem.

Charlie Rose: The president made the wrong decision?

Steve Bannon: I think —

Charlie Rose: You wanted him to go full bore.

Steve Bannon: I think what we have to do is focus on the American citizens. I think we have to focus on American citizens.

Charlie Rose: So what would you do with the people who came here…

Steve Bannon: As the work permits run out, they self-deport…There is no path to citizenship, no path to a green card, and no amnesty. Amnesty is non-negotiable.’


#11 Comment By Rossbach On September 15, 2017 @ 11:34 am

Trump has no support among congressional Democrats and very little support among congressional (establishment) Republicans. If he signs an amnesty (no matter what justification is given), he will lose the support of the voter base that put him in the White House. Once that support is gone, so is he.

#12 Comment By ukm1 On September 15, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

As for the 2016 election promises, President D.J. Trump has always been a phony and a fraud.

Because, President D.J. Trump’s election promises are as worthy as a diploma from Trump University!

One can very clearly see the Trump White House that has eliminated all “America First” advisers while filling up all administrative positions with Goldman Sachs alumni.

Republican politicians such as Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Marcos Rubios, et al. want open-border immigration system in America.

So, 10 to 15 years after this DACA amnesty by President D.J. Trump, the State of Texas will go for the Democratic Party in every general election like the State of California and the State of New York always do.

Then, the United States of America will really be transformed into a nation of illegal immigrants.

#13 Comment By raymond farrell On September 15, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

“Still, black America remains steadfastly loyal to a party that supports the endless importation of workers who compete directly for jobs with them and their families.”

This is the “lump of labour” fallacy, which says (incorrectly) that there are a fixed number of jobs. It’s wrong because adding more workers also adds more jobs – usually about one for one.

This is obvious when you think about it a bit. Each new worker also creates a tiny amount of extra demand for doctors, teachers, garage mechanics, police, grocery clerks, plumbers etc. Add them all up and that worker creates about one job’s worth of employment.

In other words, at the macro level, immigration usually has no effect on employment or wages.

#14 Comment By cdugga On September 15, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

I think that the more the don says it has been, and continues to be up to congress to act on controversial issues, he comes out untarnished no matter what the result. The don is a republican dream administration. He will sign anything the republicans send to him. How is it that he can be blamed for not making progress on purely republican ideology if republican congressmen cannot craft legislation acceptable enough to get re-elected on? Obstruction worked very well for republican representatives who were able to sell victimhood to their constituency. It does not appear to be working now that they are in power. Especially if they are the ones legislating victimhood on their supporters, like denial of healthcare. No, the don is correct in putting the ball in the republican congressional court. If they deny DACA and proclaim that good christian americans should force their neighbors out of their house and on to the other side of a wall, the don will probably sign it. If he wants to be a populist hero, he won’t. But that has not happened yet. He has nothing to sign or veto.

#15 Comment By Moi On September 15, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

Golly, don’t tell me Trump has betrayed his supporters.

#16 Comment By ukm1 On September 15, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

Raymond “Fallacy” Farrell says:

“Each new worker also creates a tiny amount of extra demand for doctors, teachers, garage mechanics, police, grocery clerks, plumbers etc. Add them all up and that worker creates about one job’s worth of employment.”

Of course, increased population — by immigration or not — creates demands for services from doctors and teachers!

But, the problem with open-border and amnesty is the new-comers do not pay for those doctors and teachers.

The existing tax-payers do.

The existing government does pay for those doctors and teachers and the existing government expands and expands.

And, what is the problem if the existing government expands and expands forever, the Raymond “Fallacy” Farrell might ask?

Of course, there is NO problem if the existing government expands forever ONLY IF the existing government does not have more than $20 TRILLION existing national debt.

Which means, the exiting government either borrows money or prints money to pay for the services provided to the new-comers by those doctors and teachers!

#17 Comment By Lefty On September 15, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

I never understand why you guys leave draconian employer sanctions off your lists of penalties.
Oh wait, then rich people might pay a price. Can’t have that, can we?

#18 Comment By Michael Powe On September 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

“Full-employment economy” is an attribute of Keynesian economics that was decisively thrown out the car window by neoliberal economists 40 years ago. The entire focus of modern fiscal and monetary policy is keeping down inflation. Keeping down inflation means letting unemployment go up.

The claim that keeping out the immigrants, legal and otherwise, will “drive up wages” for American workers is also debunked both economically and empirically. If the cost of the labor required to bring a product to market doubles or triples, then the shelf price of the product is going to inflate. Thus, the “higher wage” American worker has made no gain financially, while those further down the pyramid fall even further.

#19 Comment By Anne Mendoza On September 15, 2017 @ 6:43 pm

Until immigration enforcement focuses on the enablers of illegal immigration, namely employers, neither party can be accused of getting serious about ending illegal immigration whether or not there is a wall to back it up. The noise that we hear is just empty sturm and drang.

#20 Comment By raymond farrell On September 15, 2017 @ 6:50 pm


I’m not sure why you would assume that newcomers don’t pay for the services they consume. They pay for them either in money or in taxes just like everyone else. Of course, some might not pay taxes, just like lots of native-born Americans don’t either. So for these people, whether immigrant or native-born, services provided by Govt are free. They still have to pay for most things, though (groceries, taxis, haircuts, etc).

We need to compare apples and apples. Either employed immigrants (who pay taxes) with employed Americans or unemployed immigrants with unemployed Americans. Either way they contribute and consume the same. Since Pat’s article was specifically about the Dreamers we should maybe talk about them. They are just as likely to be employed as American citizens and by some measures actually more likely.

Remember that the point I was making was not about fairness, or taxation, or even about immigration, really. Its just that adding more workers, of whatever kind, to the labour pool doesn’t “use up” jobs or depress wages overall because they create as much demand as they fill.

Of course this is not always true for a specific area in the short term. There can be local labour shortages or oversupply, but at the national level, year over year, it balances out.

#21 Comment By EliteCommInc. On September 15, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

Well, for once I have to hve a good laugh. For most of my life I have listened to people prognosticating about the country being a nation governed by the rule of law.

And it;s clear that neither republicans or democrats actually believe in the rule of law save as it pertains to benefiting their pet moralistic pet skin deep roster.

If you support in any manner the easing of immigration to allow in people here illegally , under DACA or anything else.

Please take your “rule of law” nonsense and dump it in the nearest trash bin.

That includes those in the WH . . . good grief —

hypocrites one and all. Utterly gutless.

#22 Comment By james d sulllivan On September 15, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

I’m a liberal and I fully agree with Buchanan on immigration. We can’t have a middle class society if many of the world’s billions of poor people move here. We can’t save our environment if our population forever grows. Our culture is what makes San Diego different from Tijuana. We can’t keep this culture if we have too many immigrants from other cultures.

#23 Comment By BillyBob On September 15, 2017 @ 10:03 pm

Sad, but true. Vanity thy name is trump, and it is becoming more and more apparent that it will prove to be the cause of his downfall.

#24 Comment By Interguru On September 15, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

The US, unlike all our major competitors — especially China — is not undergoing an economy-weakening demographic implosion.
Why not? Immigration

#25 Comment By Donald On September 16, 2017 @ 8:06 am

In response to Lefty , I strongly agree. We don’t need a wall , we need heavy penalties on anyone who hires a illegal. We must also cut off all public aid to them and make private aid illegal with the same penalties as placed on the employers. Lastly we need to facilitate their return to Mexico and else where.Anyone getting caught coming back a second time should be put in prison for at least 5 years.

#26 Comment By Ken T On September 16, 2017 @ 11:58 am

But, the problem with open-border and amnesty is the new-comers do not pay for those doctors and teachers.

The existing tax-payers do.

But as soon as one of those new-comers gets a paycheck, he becomes a taxpayer. It’s called withholding, and everyone with a paycheck pays it. The only difference is that someone with a fake SS# can never file for a refund.

And before you try to bring up “working off the books” – having spent most of my working life in or around construction I can assure you that there are just as many home-grown citizens taking cash under the table as immigrants.

#27 Comment By mrscracker On September 16, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

I voted for Mr Trump and have mostly been very pleased with the results.
I believe in the rule of law and the right of sovereign nations to secure their borders. But I’m tired of immigration used are political football that has no benefit to any population.
We need more young people in the workforce to pay into Social Security and/or be caregivers for the increasing number of elderly Americans. That number is expected to double in the next few decades.
Americans aren’t having enough children to replace themselves.
The birthrate in Mexico has diminished too. Maybe we should offer these young Hispanics a path to citizenship-if they qualify-while they’re still available. I see them more as a resource than a burden. And if the GOP acted that way, we might see more of these folks supporting conservative issues instead of feeling alienated. Hispanics are for the most part Christian, family oriented and culturally conservative. Why not give them a chance?

#28 Comment By EngineerScotty On September 17, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

You were warned, Pat.

At any rate…

Of course, increased population — by immigration or not — creates demands for services from doctors and teachers!

But, the problem with open-border and amnesty is the new-comers do not pay for those doctors and teachers.

Sure they do! Immigrants who are legal tend to get regular jobs, suffer withholding, and pay taxes, just like the rest of us. Illegal immigrants who get regular jobs with forged paperwork suffer withholding–and may not be able to collect refunds or receive benefits.

(Illegal immigrants who work under the table are another matter, but the pool of jobs available on those terms is limited).

And regardless of whether or not taxes are paid, immigrants (legal or otherwise) who live here buy groceries, pay rent, shop for clothes, have iPhones, own cars, eat out, get haircuts, go to church and tithe, and otherwise act as consumers in the US.

#29 Comment By ukm1 On September 22, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

For Raymond “Fallacy” Farrell:

There is a NET ECONOMIC LOSS from open-border illegal immigration to the United States.

‘Considering that the average time served for murder in America is six years, that means that, in the last 12 years, hurricanes have killed 332 Americans, and illegal immigrants have killed 7,000 Americans.

There is no question but that illegal immigration dwarfs any other issue, not only in dead Americans, but also in welfare expenditures, taxes, lost jobs, police and prison expenditures, declining neighborhoods, ruined schools, overwhelmed hospitals, facial reconstruction surgeries and rape counseling services, to name a few costs.’



#30 Comment By Cool Math On February 23, 2018 @ 1:34 am

I seen on TV that Trump is playing with kids. Does that mean he have a down to Earth and innocent type character?