The leader of an immigration watchdog says President Donald Trump has stabbed his supporters in the back by cooperating with liberal Democrats to pass an amnesty bill for DACA holders.
"Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen and so do I," Trump said Wednesday, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Member Nancy Pelosi.
"And I said if we can get something to happen," Trump continued, "we're going to sign it and we're going to make a lot of happy people."
Not open borders, but 'wise welcome'
President Trump has given Congress six months to craft its own immigration legislation, delaying adjudication of his DACA action until then. A group calling itself "Faith Leaders for America" has penned a letter to Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan encouraging them to take on the challenges of immigration biblically and wisely.
Here are several excerpts from that letter:
"While loving mercy, who will also stand for justice to those citizens who cannot find a job due to cheaper foreign labor? Who will speak of the real cost of illegal immigration to our states? And while many non-citizens are good neighbors, who will stand for justice for Americans victimized by people here illegally who do not uphold our values and laws? And who will prevent more needless crime and death?
"The Church is called to serve all people, and our government leaders are elected to defend and uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. Though there are tragic stories on every side of illegal migration, for our elected officials, responsibility to oaths must prevail. Law and order sustain stability and peace. A nation of wise rule grows strong enough to sustain care for the vulnerable in our midst.
"While some faith groups use selective Bible words for open borders and amnesty, we consider the whole counsel of Scripture. We find that the Bible does not teach open borders, but wise welcome. We are to welcome the lawful foreigner, who, like a convert, comes as a blessing. …
"In Scripture, we learn that God placed us each in a family, a land, an epic story of creation, the fall and redemption. The Bible envisions a world of beautiful and unique nations, not a stateless 'open society' run by global oligarchs. Each of us is called to be a blessing where God has placed us in the world. In policy decisions ahead, while treating undocumented people kindly, we ask that you would first and foremost honor often forgotten American citizens whose families have served our nation for many generations, and the patient people who have applied lawfully to come here and to become citizens of the United States. These lives also matter. These people also dream."
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, says he knows who will be happy: millions of illegal aliens, the Democratic Party, and George Soros, the billionaire boogeyman who is still pouring his money into left-wing activism in the U.S. and around the globe.
"Because if that amnesty passes," warns Gheen, "it will destroy the United States of America."
After many conservatives applauded Trump when he announced a "wind down" to the DACA program, Trump suddenly pivoted to Democratic leaders loathed by conservatives, setting off a firestorm of accusations and outrage, I-told-you-so comments, and head-scratching analysis.
"GOP totally controls the government and gets NOTHING done," Tweeted John Nolte, a Breitbart writer and Trump apologist. "Trump wants to get things done."
The definition of "pivot" has different meanings in "Trumpism and anti-Trumpism," writes National Review editor Jonah Goldberg. Die-hard supporters credit Trump for being "brilliant and shrewd" by abandoning Republican leaders who are already disliked by conservatives.
Goldberg goes on to state that political conservatives are fearful that the former New York Democrat has yet to embrace conservatism and sees an opportunity to improve his image and score some political wins.
Yet the National Review writer goes on to suggest another reason for Trump's actions this week: he doesn't know what he's doing.
Goldberg goes on to quote anti-immigration activist Mark Krikorian, who told The New York Times that Trump "doesn't have any strong ideological anchor or deep knowledge of the issue."
Krikorian, who is often interviewed by OneNewsNow about immigration issues, told this website in a 2016 mid-election story that he will support Trump over Hillary Clinton but warned that Trump "repeatedly tells lies, changes his story from one minute to the next, has no conception on constitutional limits on presidential powers."
"Donald Trump lied to all of America," says Gheen, 15 months later after Krikorian's warning, "when he told us he would enforce our existing immigration laws, that there would be no talk of amnesty."
The biggest fear for what's coming, adds Gheen, is that passing and signing the Dream Act into law will lead to amnesty for the 12 million-plus illegal aliens currently living in the United States, adding those voters to the Democratic Party and ensuring it takes permanent control of U.S. elections for good.