Jenny Beth’s Journal: White House needs to use the ‘bully pulpit’ to make the case for border wall funding
According to reports, Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, pushed for the president to strike a deal with Congress offering 800,000 illegal immigrants, known as “dreamers,” protection in exchange for legislation funding a border wall. Jenny Beth argues that President Trump should not break one major campaign promise to implement another. Instead, she believes the White House should use the bully pulpit to make the case for border wall funding.
“Dreamers” refers to the roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children who were the beneficiaries of President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, which allowed them to escape deportation and granted them work permits. Then-candidate Trump promised repeatedly on the campaign trail to overturn this illegal amnesty program upon winning the presidency.
The problems with such a “deal” are obvious.
First, “Dreamers” are not legal, and the Trump administration knows it.
Second, such a deal would confuse executive action with legislative action. President Trump needs no congressional action to rescind the DACA program; all he needs do is direct his attorney general and secretary of Homeland Security to enforce the laws on the books, rather than a legally dubious executive order from a previous administration.
Instead of the White House pursuing this terrible idea, President Trump should put Democratic senators like Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp on the spot! In other words, President Trump needs to pick a fight and win it!