President Trump Sends Letter To Congress Outlining Immigration Principles and Policies…

Moments ago, against the backdrop of congress making no forward progress with DACA and yet taking another vacation this week, President Trump submitted a letter to House and Senate leadership outlining the White House Immigration Policies and Principles.

President Donald J. Trumps Letter to House and Senate Leaders:

I am pleased to transmit to you my Administration’s principles for reforming our Nation’s immigration system. In 2012, after the Congress rejected legislation offering legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, the previous Administration bypassed the Congress and granted those same benefits unilaterally. These actions threatened Congress’s status as a coequal branch of Government and have resulted in a surge of illegal immigration.

As President, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, which makes clear that all legislative powers are vested in the Congress, not the President.

I, therefore, tasked the relevant executive departments and agencies to conduct a bottom-up review of all immigration policies to determine what legislative reforms are essential for America’s economic and national security. Rather than asking what policies are supported by special interests, we asked America’s law enforcement professionals to identify reforms that are vital to protect the national interest. In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system current policies that are harming ourcountry and our communities.

I have enclosed the detailed findings of this effort. These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end.

Immigration reform must create more jobs, higher wages, and greater security for Americans — now and for future generations. The reforms outlined in the enclosure are necessary to ensure prosperity, opportunity, and safety for every member of our national family.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES & POLICIES

♦ 1. “Border Security”

A. *”Border Wall. “*Our porous southern border presents a clear threat to our national security and public safety, and is exploited by drug traffickers and criminal cartels. The Administration therefore proposes completing construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.

i. Ensure funding for the southern border wall and associated infrastructure.

ii. Authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise, collect, and use certain processing fees from immigration benefit applications and border crossings for functions related to border security, physical infrastructure, and law enforcement.

iii. Improve infrastructure and security on the northern border.

B. “Unaccompanied Alien Children. “*Loopholes in current law prevent Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) that arrive in the country illegally from being removed. Rather than being deported, they are instead sheltered by the Department of Health and Human Services at taxpayer expense, and subsequently released to the custody of a parent or family memberwho often lack lawful status in the United States themselves. These loopholes in current law create a dramatic pull factor for additional illegal immigration and in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the apprehensions of UACs at our southern border. Therefore, the Administration proposes amending current law to ensure the expeditious return of UACs and family units.

i. Amend the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 “(TVRPA) to treat all UACs the same regardless of their country of origin, so long as they are not victims of human trafficking and can be safely returned home or removed to safe third countries.

ii. Clarify that alien minors who are “not “UACs (accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or have a parent or legal guardian in the United States available to provide care and physical custody) are not entitled to the presumptions or protections granted to UACs.

iii. Terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) by passing legislation stipulating care standards for minors in custody and clarify corresponding provisions of the TVPRA that supersede the FSA.

iv. Amend the definition of special immigrant,as it pertains to juveniles, to require that the applicant prove that reunification with both parents are not viable due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and that the applicant is a victim of trafficking. The current legal definition is abused, and provides another avenue for illicit entry.__

v. Repeal the requirement that an asylum officer have initial jurisdiction over UAC asylum applications to expedite processing.

C. “Asylum Reform.” The massive asylum backlog has allowed illegal immigrants to enter and stay in the United States by exploiting asylum loopholes. There are more than 270,000 pending cases in the asylum backlog before USCIS, and approximately 250,000 asylum cases before EOIR. Therefore, the Administration proposes correcting the systemic deficiencies that created that backlog.

i. Significantly tighten standards and eliminate loopholes in our asylum system.

ii. Elevate the threshold standard of proof in credible fear interviews.

iii. Impose and enforce penalties for the filing of frivolous, baseless, or fraudulent asylum applications, and expand the use of expedited removal as appropriate.

iv. Close loopholes in the law to bar terrorist aliens from entering the country and receiving any immigration benefits.

v. Clarify and enhance the legal definition of aggravated felony to ensure that criminal aliens do not receive certain immigration benefits.

vi. Expand the ability to return asylum seekers to safe third countries.

vii. Ensure only appropriate use of parole authority for aliens with credible fear or asylum claims, to deter meritless claims and ensure the swift removal of those whose claims are denied.

viii. Prevent aliens who have been granted asylum or who entered as refugees from obtaining lawful permanent resident status if they are convicted of an aggravated felony.

ix. Require review of the asylee or refugee status of an alien who returns to their home country absent a material change in circumstances or country conditions.

D. “Ensure Swift Border Returns.” Immigration judges and supporting personnel face an enormous case backlog, which cripples our ability to remove illegal immigrants in a timely manner. The Administration therefore proposes providing additional resources to reduce the immigration court backlog and ensure swift return of illegal border crossers.

i. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 370 immigration judges.

ii. Establish performance metrics for immigration judges.

iii. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 1,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, with sufficient support personnel.

iv. Ensure sufficient resources for detention.

E. “Inadmissible Aliens.” The current statutory grounds for inadmissibility are too narrow, and allow for the admission of individuals who threaten our public safety. Therefore, the Administration proposes expanding the criteria that render aliens inadmissible and ensure that such aliens are maintained in continuous custody until removal.

i. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include gang membership.

ii. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony; identity theft; fraud related to Social Security benefits; domestic violence; child abuse; drunk driving offenses; failure to register as a sex offender; or certain firearm offenses, including the unlawful purchase, sale, possession, or carrying of a firearm.

iii. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include former spouses and children of individuals engaged in drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, if the official determines the divorce was a sham or the family members continue to receive benefits from the illicit activity.

F. “Discourage Illegal Re-entry.” Many Americans are victims of crime committed by individuals who have repeatedly entered the United States illegally, which also undermines the integrity of the entire immigration system. Therefore, the Administration proposes increasing penalties for repeat illegal border crossers and those with prior deportations.

G. “Facilitate the Removal of Illegal Aliens from Partner Nations”. Current barriers prevent the Federal Government from providing assistance to partner nations for the purpose of removing aliens from third countries whose ultimate intent is entering the United States. Therefore, the Administration proposes authorizing DHS to provide foreign assistance to partner nations to support migration management efforts conducted by those nations. This will allow DHS to improve the ability of Central and South American countries to curb northbound migration flows and to interrupt ongoing human smuggling, which will also substantially reduce pressures on U.S. taxpayers.

H. “Expedited Removal.” “Limited categories of aliens are currently subject to expedited removal, which erodes border integrity and control by impeding the ability of the Federal Government to efficiently and quickly remove inadmissible and deportable aliens from the United States. The Administration seeks to expand the grounds of removability and the categories of aliens subject to expedited removal and by ensuring that only aliens with meritorious valid claims of persecution can circumvent expedited removal.

♦2. “Interior Enforcement”

A. “Sanctuary Cities.” Hundreds of sanctuary jurisdictions release dangerous criminals and empower violent cartels like MS-13 by refusing to turn over incarcerated criminal aliens to Federal authorities. *””*Therefore, the Administration proposes blocking sanctuary cities from receiving certain grants or cooperative agreements administered or awarded by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security

i. Restrict such grants from being issued to:

a. Any state or local jurisdiction that fails to cooperate with any United States government entity regarding enforcement of federal immigration laws;

b. Any entity that provides services or benefits to aliens not entitled to receive them under existing Federal law; and

c. Any state or local jurisdiction that provides more favorable plea agreements or sentencing for alien criminal defendants for the purpose of immigration consequences of convictions.

ii. Clarify ICEs detainer authority, and States and localities ability to honor that authority, so that States will continue to detain an individual pursuant to civil immigration law for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody.__

iii. Provide indemnification for State and local governments to protect them from civil liability based solely on compliance with immigration detainers and transportation of alien detainees.__

iv. Require State and local jurisdictions to provide all information requested by ICE relating to aliens in their custody and the circumstances surrounding their detention.

v. Clarify the definition of a criminal conviction for immigration purposes, to prevent jurisdictions from vacating or modifying criminal convictions to protect illegal immigrants, and roll back erosion of the criminal grounds of removal by courts under the categorical approach.

B. “Immigration Authority for States and Localities.” The prior Administration suppressed cooperative partnerships between the Federal Government and State or local governments that wanted to help with immigration enforcement, undermining the security of our communities. Therefore, the Administration proposes enhancing State and local cooperation with Federal immigration law enforcement in order to ensure national security and public safety.

i. Clarify the authority of State and local governments to investigate, arrest, detain, or transfer to Federal custody aliens for purposes of enforcing Federal immigration laws when done in cooperation with DHS.

ii. Authorize State and local governments to pass legislation that will support Federal law enforcement efforts.

iii. Incentivize State and local governments to enter into agreements with the Federal Government regarding immigration enforcement efforts.

iv. Provide the same extent of immunity to State and local law enforcement agencies performing immigration enforcement duties within the scope of their official role as is provided to Federal law enforcement agencies.

“Visa Overstays.” Visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of illegal immigration. The Administration therefore proposes strengthening the removal processes for those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas, and implementing measures to prevent future visa overstays which may account for a growing percentage of illegal immigration.

i. Discourage visa overstays by classifying such conduct as a misdemeanor.

ii. Require that all nonimmigrant visas held by an alien be cancelled when any one nonimmigrant visa held by that alien is cancelled, to ensure that if an alien abuses one type of visa, he cannot circumvent the immigration system by then relying on another type of visa to enter the United States.

iii. Bar all visa overstays from immigration benefits for a certain period of time with no waiver.

iv. Clarify that the government does not bear any expense for legal counsel for any visa overstay in removal or related proceedings.

v. Require DHS to provide all available data relating to any deportable alien to the Department of Justices National Crime Information Center for purposes of that aliens inclusion in the Immigration Violators File, with the exception of aliens who cooperate with DHS on criminal investigations.

vi. Enhance the vetting of bond sponsors for those aliens who enter without inspection, to ensure that bond sponsors undergo thorough background checks prior to being eligible to post or receive a bond.

vii. Permit the Department of State to release certain visa records to foreign governments on a case-by-case basis when sharing is in the U.S. national interest.

viii. Permit the Department of State to review the criminal background of foreign diplomats or government officials contained in the National Crime Information Center database before visa adjudication, regardless of whether the applicants fingerprints are in the database.

D. “Necessary Resources.” The relatively small number of ICE officers is grossly inadequate to serve a nation of 320 million people with tens of millions of tourists and visitors crossing U.S. ports of entry every year. Therefore, the Administration proposes providing more resources that are vitally needed to enforce visa laws, restore immigration enforcement, and dismantle criminal gangs, networks and cartels.

i. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 10,000 ICE officers.

ii. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 300 Federal prosecutors to support Federal immigration prosecution efforts.

iii. Reforms to help expedite the responsible addition of new ICE personnel.

E. “Detention Authority.” Various laws and judicial rulings have eroded ICEs ability to detain illegal immigrants (including criminal aliens), such that criminal aliens are released from ICE custody into our communities. Therefore, the Administration proposes terminating outdated catch-and-release laws that make it difficult to remove illegal immigrants.

i. Ensure public safety and national security by providing a legislative fix for the “Zadvydas” loophole, and authorizing ICE, consistent with the Constitution, to retain custody of illegal aliens whose home countries will not accept their repatriation.

ii. Require the detention of an alien: (1) who was not inspected and admitted into the United States, who holds a revoked nonimmigrant visa (or other nonimmigrant admission document), or who is deportable for failing to maintain nonimmigrant status; and (2) who has been charged in the United States with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.

F. “Legal Workforce.” Immigrants who come here illegally and enter the workforce undermine job opportunities and reduce wages for American workers, as does the abuse of visa programs. Therefore, the Administration increasing employment verification and other protections for U.S. workers.

i. Require the use of the electronic status-verification system (E-Verify) to ensure the maintenance of a legal workforce in the United States.

ii. Preempt any State or local law relating to employment of unauthorized aliens.

iii. Impose strong penalties, including debarment of Federal contractors, for failure to comply with E-Verify.

iv. Increase penalties for any person or entity engaging in a pattern or practice of violations.

v. Require the Social Security Administration to disclose information to DHS to be used in the enforcement of immigration laws.

vi. Expand the definition of unlawful employment discrimination to include replacement of U.S. citizen workers by nonimmigrant workers or the preferential hiring of such foreign workers over U.S. citizen workers.

vii. Strengthen laws prohibiting document fraud related to employment or to any other immigration benefit.

G. “Deportable Aliens.” The categories of aliens that currently qualify for deportation are insufficiently broad to remove aliens who pose a threat to the security of the American public. Therefore, the Administration proposes expanding and clarifying the type of aliens who present a danger to Americans and should therefore be removable on an expedited basis.

i. Expand grounds of deportability to explicitly include gang members.

ii. Expand the grounds of deportability to include those convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses or a single offense involving death or serious injury.

iii. Expand the grounds of deportability to include those who fail to register as a sex offender.

iv. Clarify the technical definition of aggravated felony by referring to an offense relating to each of the categories of crimes, rather than specifying the crimes themselves. This will ensure certain kinds of homicide, sex offenses, and trafficking offenses are encompassed within the statutory definition.

H. “Gang Members.” Today, known gang members are still able to win immigration benefits despite the dangers they pose to American society. As such, the Administration proposes implementing measures that would deny gang members and those associated with criminal gangs from receiving immigration benefits.

I. “Visa Security Improvements.” Without sufficient resources, the State Department is hindered from adequately vetting visa applicants. As such, the Administration proposes enhancing State Department visa and traveler security resources and authorities.

i. Expand the Department of States authority to use fraud prevention and detection fees for programs and activities to combat all classes of visa fraud within the United States and abroad.

ii. Ensure funding for the Visa Security Program and facilitate its expansion to all high-risk posts.

iii. Increase the border crossing card fee.

iv. Grant the Department of State authority to apply the Passport Security Surcharge to the costs of protecting U.S. citizens and their interests overseas, and to include those costs when adjusting the surcharge.

v. Strengthen laws prohibiting civil and criminal immigration fraud and encourage the use of advanced analytics to proactively detect fraud in immigration benefit applications.

3. “Merit-Based Immigration System”

A. “Merit-Based Immigration.” The current immigration system prioritizes extended family-based chain migration over skills-based immigration and does not serve the national interest. Decades of low-skilled immigration has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment and strained federal resources. Therefore, the Administration proposes establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers.

i. End extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to spouses and minor children and replace it with a merit-based system that prioritizes skills and economic contributions over family connections.

ii. Establish a new, points-based system for the awarding of Green Cards (lawful permanent residents) based on factors that allow individuals to successfully assimilate and support themselves financially.

iii. Eliminate the Diversity Visa Lottery.

iv. Limit the number of refugees to prevent abuse of the generous U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and allow for effective assimilation of admitted refugees into the fabric of our society.

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394 Responses to President Trump Sends Letter To Congress Outlining Immigration Principles and Policies…

  1. georgiafl says:

    Lest they forget…..

    Trump was a record-setter from day one of his candidacy.

    Trump had record crowds – and set attendance records in venue after venue!

    Trump set a record for number of primary votes in history of Republican party – even with a record number of GOP candidates!

    Trump set a record for Republican election donation dollars!

    Trump set record Social Media numbers for a political (non-Hollywood) figure!

    Trump set the GOP record for number most individual donors in Republican history – mostly small contributions from 2.6 million Americans!
    http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/trump-sets-gop-record-individual-donors/

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    • georgiafl says:

      40,207,159 followers @realDonaldTrump 11:38 pm

      Liked by 17 people

    • eagledriver50 says:

      And this ENTIRE article was linked in The Gateway Pundit…Way to go PDJT and Sundance…

      Liked by 12 people

      • carrierh says:

        Eagle, this is a tremendous layout of what we want and Trump and his administration have done a wonderful job. If Congress rebuts or does not do this, then again, we must start now Draining the Congress Swamp for impeding, blocking, and treason against us and our country.

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    • JETS says:

      POTUS needs to add to the policy. Enforce no voting for illegals.

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      • FLConnie says:

        For those who entered illegally and were given amnesty, no citizenship. No voting. Not ever.

        For those being vetted for legal entrance:
        1. must be free of all communicable disease (I didn’t see that mentioned in Mr. President’s laundry list.

        2. Any legal immigrants will receive extra vetting if applying for military service. No admittance for enemies of the U.S. Constitution: socialists/ Marxists/ communists, Muslims, gang members, etc. in the past, taxpayers have paid a fortune to give these enemies our military training and strategies- which they have intentially used against us.

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  2. woohoowee says:

    America First 🙂

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  3. Texian says:

    The inept, FUBAR uniparty congress can’t even write their own bills – so Sir Trump is showing them how it is done. He has given them the “answer sheet.” Now congress critter class, follow the outline. Get your congressional crayons out and color within the lines. The ones you have been receiving participation ribbons for in the past like the one below are no longer acceptable..

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  4. M. Mueller says:

    Well! If anything like this gets through Congress Princess Justina will need to hire more doormen to greet new arrivals with flowers and hugs.

    You rock, Mr. President! MAGA!

    Liked by 17 people

  5. So the Uniparty wanted “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.

    President Trump just delivered it: Right between the eyes.

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  6. rsanchez1990 says:

    I wonder if this will make the chicken littles on social media and at Breitbart finally relax for a minute. President Trump will never let us down. He is working for us, not for special interests (as he stressed in the letter).

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  7. RJ says:

    I laugh every time I see these crooked politicians on TV. Corker from Tennessee looks like a greaseball in a $1500 suit. And have you heard the story about the sleazy House of Representatives guy named Tim Murphy from Western Pennsylvania. He’s resigning because he had a 30 something staffer as a mistress. He was a big anti- abortion advocate until it came out in divorce court testimony that his position was a total lie. Rat exterminators can accurately estimate the total number of vermin by just counting how many are observed over a short period of time. The same can be said for Congress.

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    • These slimeballs get started on the local level and often get promoted up very quickly. They are “eminently corruptible” to quote Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (the police chief in the film talking about Lady Fanny from Omaha). They have no positions or sides except what will get them elected to office. Their patriotism and moral foundation are nonexistent and money “fixes everything” for them. Local elections are vital to turning this around. I’ve got a DA, a county judge and a couple county commissioners, as well as the district clerk and the tax assessor who are all in it for themselves. Some change parties like underwear. That said,there is a large MAGA contingent around here now. Things are gonna change.

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      • POP says:

        it doesn’t stop at the borders. The British PM May was Home Secretary for years, for 5 years in a row she promised the faithful at the Tory Party conventions to drastically reduce 3rd world immigration to Britain.

        In each of those 5 years it was subsequently increased by her.

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        • Alligator Gar says:

          May is just another childless dried-up menopausal Kalergi-worshiping a-wad….like Merkel. No skin in the game. When she’s gone, she could give a toss about British childrens’ futures.

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      • Jim says:

        You would think from their ads they are all angelic choir boys. We had a great governor in NC but he made the mistake of actually thinking men should use the men’s restroom and women the women’s room. Now he has been replaced by a governor whose idea of leadership is, “Uhh, maybe its time to get rid of all Confederate statues.” No local input, no town council discussions, no options; just take the easy way out and pander to your base.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          For all of the downsides, this is why people are willing to vote for Roy Moore.

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          • julegate says:

            There are no downsides to Roy Moore.

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          • Founding Fathers Fan says:

            Only about 15% of registered voters thought it was important to turn out to vote in the Alabama primary runoff. That’s a sad commentary on The People.

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            • cdquarles says:

              Alabama’s rules are a bit different. You do not register by party. Once the primary is held, only people who voted in the primary can vote in the runoff. The law was strengthened a bit. They can check whether you did and you can’t cross over. If you voted in the D primary, you can’t vote in the R runoff. The general election will be held later (why December?). While the law says that if you vote in a party’s primary, you pledge to support the nominee, they won’t hold you to it in the general election.

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      • Ellen says:

        So many RINO phonies at all levels, especially US Senate! They get started at the local level for the necessary “credentials.” Moving up the election ladder they “look good; sound good,” and even act as conservatives INITIALLY. Corker is a perfect example, but just the tip of the iceberg. Being TOTAL snobs and phonies, they want to fit into liberal D.C. society and over time, and when they think their position is secure, repeatedly give their base the giant middle finger. Give me an honest, sincere politician who may not be the most polished speaker and may not look like someone out of Central Casting over these slimeballs any day of the week!

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        • Just watch for things like a local lawyer being elected to a city council or mayor, and not even finishing first term before running for Congress…and winning. They are vetted, corrupted and paid for long before they ever get to Congress.

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          • Ellen says:

            You broke the code, grandmaintexas! Such a shame more people can’t see this!

            Liked by 1 person

          • Alligator Gar says:

            I live in a county of less than 30k souls. Our county commission is corrupt as they come. They “vote swap” to get their mama’s roads paved…just to the end of her property line. They charge exorbitant ‘fees’ for communications. Their little cutie-poo attorney drove the private garbage collectors out of business and forced everyone not a business in the county to go on Waste Pro. Yeah, THAT fee is on my property tax bill. It’s corrupt top to bottom and nobody worth a cotton picking chicken pluck gets to run, much less gets elected.

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          • That’s for sure grandmaintexas, we have yet another Bush as Texas land commissioner now and says he is seeking re-election next year.

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    • brh82 says:

      Why did he resign? That beautiful Calif. congressperson, Kevin McCarthy, who was favored for Speaker position, over Ryan, when Boehner resigned, declined because his mistress was exposed. He didn’t dump her or dump his congress job, he just dumped his candidacy for Speaker.

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  8. bobsunshine says:

    Great !! – Notice how a few weeks ago Trump sucked in the Dems with working on DACA and now this comes out. Sure it was all in the cards before Trump made his statements. Love our President, in fact, watched a replay of the Election. It was like a lovely movie, you know the ending, but it just makes you happy each time you watch it !!! Seeing the CNN panel almost cry was so enjoyable.

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    • The list is WEAK! Asylum is abused! Anything an “asylum” seeking claims is happening to them in their city or neighborhood can happen to them in the USA — ANYTHING, rape, murder, domestic abuse, child molestation, gang violence, etc. You name it. American needs to take care of it’s citizens and turn all of the FAKE asylum seekers away! They can go to another country. They pass many on their way here, often. Who know who they are? They don’t have papers. It’s not our business or our problem. It’s abuse of tax payers and our citizens. We have known victims of violence children and adults living in tent cities. They’re homeless. And “asylum” seekers live BETTER than our own citizens do. The delusion and pretense of superiority in this country is nauseating. FIX AMERICA for AMERICANS!

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        This^^^^^^^ I have compassion fatigue after watching “asylum seekers” rape and pillage their way across Europe for the last two years.

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      • 7delta says:

        “Refugees” and “asylum seekers” have different, but similar definitions. Both are being abused. Poverty, violence in their home country and war, civil or otherwise, are not recognized as reasons to seek refugee or asylum status, unless the person is targeted for violence or extermination because of belonging to a specific ethnic, religious or politically persecuted group. Generalized misery doesn’t make anyone or everyone a refugee or asylum seeker. Today, the large majority of refugees and asylum seekers do not meet these standards. Refugees are also supposed to stay in the first “safe” country they come to after leaving their own. They aren’t supposed to country shop. It’s been allowed.

        The U.N. has too much control over choosing who comes here. Our workers over there were predominately Muslims. Probably still are. The vast majority of our refugees are therefore Muslim. Christians and other non-Muslims were/are too fearful to even go into U.N. camps and with good reason. The ones that manage to get here to safety are fewer than 3% of the total refugee entrants. Genocide has been pretty much ignored. Even in the few occasions when the issue has been forced into the open, nothing has been done.

        These things need to change and after reading Trump’s policies, I see where much of this is addressed within the language. Hopefully. Another very important issue that must be changed is the federal government funding the volags. There’s no Constitutional authority for using the public treasury to pay these resettlement agencies to run refugee mills. The fed’s job is to enforce the laws that prevent abuse/protect citizens and to vet the aliens allowed in when it’s possible and when it’s not, deny entry. After that, it’s the responsibility of the volags to fund their work from the private sector. All funding must be stopped to them and to all NGO’s, especially those that use refugee resettlement as a front for political activism. The volags have become like mice pushing a lever for more cheese, not altruistic organizations that genuinely operate out of compassion and personal sacrifice. Stop the cheese.

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    • Bruce Fauth says:

      Even better than watching “Casablanca” again, and I loved old Bogey.

      Liked by 3 people

    • doit4atlas says:

      I took Inauguration Day off…sat in my easy chair all day taking it in…it was WONDERFUL!

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  9. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/354482-schumer-pelosi-blast-trumps-immigration-principles
    Seems Cryin’Chuck and Limp Nancy are having fits; say this wasn’t part of the ‘deal’ with POTUS.
    LOL!
    They’ve just been Trumped again!

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  10. Running Fast says:

    Sunday night… the storm has arrived. This is only the beginning. Will be a fun week for sure.

    Liked by 16 people

  11. starfcker says:

    I’ve been concerned about DACA and the tax bill being off the mark. I guess I’ll go sit down now.

    Liked by 12 people

  12. BillRiser says:

    This is my happy look after ready his immigration outline. This is a beautiful plan!

    Liked by 21 people

  13. stats guy says:

    So PDJT has delivered a comprehensive immigration reform package to the lying weasels in the Congress. I’ve read the whole thing. I’m not an immigration expert, but whoever put this together is. They know how the Uniparty has been letting the rot go on for decades while they cash their checks.

    I know that Schumer and Nanzi ain’t happy….wait till we get Ryan and Mitch’s reactions. Well, that is if you can find those guys. Most Quislings will probably be hiding in the tall grass. Let Nanzi and Chucky do it.

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  14. paulraven1 says:

    Nothing will happen. Republicans will ignore it, democrats will demagogue it.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    I like that Clark Mills General Andrew Jackson on Horseback figurine behind his desk. Really sticking it to Pres. Obama.

    Liked by 10 people

    • thluckyone says:

      Timmy, YES! LOL! Squawkers want to talk about a photo-op? THAT’s a photo-op! LOVE IT! AND – just in immigration reform alone – this President is doing/will do more for Native American People and First Nations People than any President SINCE Andy Jackson.

      (I bring it up because I’m still smarting about what happened to a bunch of my ancestors on the “Trail of Tears” during Jackson’s era. [sigh] Always more to learn.)

      M A G A!!
      .

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    • TwoLaine says:

      I saw that too and thought it was perfect behind him.

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  16. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Does anyone else feel like me that Congress will end up not passing a DACA bill for Trump to sign? And that they hope that Pres. Trump will sign an Executive order to bail them out.

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    • Daniel says:

      Actually, I expect both outcomes. This outline of immigration law reform requirements will represent the president’s reasons for not signing the DACA law if they actually cobble one together.

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    • Judith says:

      My prediction is Congress will definitely NOT pass a DACA bill. Do-nothing Cruzbots will grandstand, as usual. And all will feign complete surprise when UNIparty republicans intentionally lose the midterms to Dimmies. This is what the UNiparty wants: to deceive their voters and to appease their donors. Works every time.

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  17. M. Mueller says:

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly praised Trump’s proposed measure, saying it will “restore the rule of law to our immigration system, prioritize America’s safety and security, and end the lawlessness.”

    “This plan will work. If followed it will produce an immigration system with integrity and one in which we can take pride. Perhaps the best result will be that unlawful attempts to enter will continue their dramatic decline,” Sessions said in a statement.
    ….

    Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan called on Congress to address public safety threats affecting the U.S. and to honor the president’s request for funds to hire additional ICE officers.

    The administration said many agencies weighed in to give policy recommendations in order to improve the immigration system including the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Control.
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/354481-trump-sends-congress-hardline-immigration-plan

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  18. Sundance you are amazing, owe you lots of respect. You are in there fighting and communicating with the most concise and honest news. Thank you.

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  19. bulwarker says:

    Nothing on birth-right citizenship, plenty of loopholes for the next Democrat administration to abuse or ignore (like Obama already did to existing law). While there are good points this is by no means enough.

    No amnesty, period, end DACA and send them packing. Send the message that if you’re illegal and register with the government (like they did for DACA or like they do for their silly psuedo-state licenses) that we will use that information to track you down and send you packing. Then watch how many illegals, no matter the future administration, really stay in the shadows out of fear that the government will use their presence against them (no more illegals in OUR congress protesting, or tying up our courts demanding legal status, or going on TV to play the victim class, proudly announcing to the nation they are illegal). Then watch them self deport.

    The “Deportable Aliens” definition is still lacking, no class of illegal should be exempt from outright deportation when found. By saying “so long as you’re not in a gang or convicted of multiple DUIs you’re cool, just stay out of trouble…” No! There presence here alone should be enough to warrant removal. They get stopped for speeding they should be detained and removed. Send the message that if you have a run in with the government, any government, we will kick out out (this includes schools, ending the don’t-ask-dont-tell policy of admitting children who are illegal/parents are illegal). Take the hard line and watch the majority self-deport.

    Much of what Trump wants must be done (dealing with sanctuary cities, bolstering ICE, killing the lotto), but those should not be “traded” for DACA. Amnesty in any form will be abused and only encourage more, no matter how tough the talk or language of the law. AND any immigration reform without fixing anchor-babies is a failure.

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  20. tony says:

    i didn’t see anything in there about welfare benefits for those here getting cut off and none offered for the new comers. how many of the visa overstays are on welfare? drop the benefits right now and see how fast they go.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Benefits were established by our legislators at the behest of the Chamber of Commerce – they are a hidden subsidy for corporations to get housing, medical care, food stamps for their imported cheap labor.

      THAT’S WHERE ALL THE JOBS FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE GONE.


      “Today, after four decades of rampant visa dispensations, reports document sustained compression to our nation’s middle class; real average hourly wages are lower today than they were in 1973; all net job creation among working-age people went to foreign workers from 2000-2014; the number of struggling Americans forced to rely on welfare has reached a record high; overcrowded schools, which are now majority-minority, have struggled to accommodate the growing number of students that qualify for reduced lunch programs and require English language instruction; an influx of a diverse student body with fewer English speakers has sent U.S. test scores plummeting; and the importation of criminal organizations has negatively impacted the safety of what are now gang-besieged communities.” (live links to data/proof) http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2015/10/paul-ryan-doesn-believe-in-borders-or.html

      We owe all this to the Bushes, Ryan, Boehner, Cruz, Rubio….and of course, McCain and Graham and many others.

      Here’s GWB in 2011:
      in January 2011, in a speech at Southern Methodist University. The only problem was, he wasn’t attacking Obama, but conservatives. Addressing the immigration debate, he said: “(I)f you study history, there are some ‘isms’ that occasionally pop up … One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism.”

      In other words – AMNESTY, OPEN BORDERS, FOREIGN WORKERS are the highest good for our country – to h3ll with American citizens.
      Article – Laura Ingraham http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/george-w-to-the-rescue/

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    • C R Lord says:

      That will be another extensive bill.

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  21. wodiej says:

    President Trump is a no nonsense person and doesn’t like the “red tape.” Short and sweet as he has outlined well in his proposal. If you don’t speak English, don’t have a job and skills, don’t have an education, can’t live without government assistance, you’re gone. If you have ANY arrest records, gone. If you cannot afford to feed, clothe and house yourself, out. You obviously don’t love this country or feel allegiance to it if you aren’t willing to do these things.

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  22. POP says:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/10/06/us-mexico-border-wall-prototype-could-transform-illegal-immigration

    Give me strength, this is a joke.
    My petrol angle grinder will cut through this silly “panel mesh” in 5 minutes to make a gap easily used to go through the “fence”.

    Ah well, it was never spose to work in the first place, what have we lost except the taxpayers dollars.

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    • georgiafl says:

      A truck bomb can take down a concrete wall, but electronics will assure that ICE/BP personnel will be there to deal with perpetrators and their drugs, etc.

      These walls are prototypes and future wall may be modified version to maximum efficacy.

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      • georgiafl says:

        to *create* maximum efficacy.

        Leaving out words – need more coffee.

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      • POP says:

        The mesh wall design is a joke.

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        • georgiafl says:

          IMHO – putting solar on top of the wall is an invitation to vandalism and longterm high maintenance.

          Agree – I did not like that mesh curved deal at all!!!

          Make it tall – put razor wire or something lethal on top – put all kinds of sensors and cameras to make sure they can’t tunnel or fly drones or planes over it or tear it down without someone being alerted.

          Make it durable, functional and simple. I don’t care if it costs a lot of money – it will save our country a lot of money in loss of life, jobs, money and aggravation.

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        • georgiafl says:

          I am very negative about Solar and wind power.

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    • TexasDude says:

      I hope you realize there will be a DMZ of sorts in which there are two barriers, ie walls

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  23. Bob Thoms says:

    There seems to be a near media blackout on this .

    Liked by 2 people

    • FofBW says:

      They are probably asking themselves what that ‘zzzzzz’ noise was going past their head.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Tegan says:

        fofBW,,,probably way too complicated for them to understand and (god forbid…anaylize), so they’ll just wait at their desks for the talking points to arrive. Then they and every liberal news reader will use the very same phrases and adjectives for the remainder of the day. Same with liberal Congress members rushing to the TV cameras…same words, same phrases, same talking points.

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    • woodstuff says:

      Is the eMSM using dog whistles?

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  24. waltherppk says:

    Maybe a “Definitions” section should accompany any letter to Congress.

    “Undocumented Immigrant” : definition : A deceptive euphemism used by subversive criminals whose agenda and purpose is to aid and abet illegal aliens and obfuscate criminal conspiracy by use of a euphemism instead of using correct plain language that would inconveniently make clear the crime of both the illegal alien and conspirators who aid their crime.

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  25. frank field says:

    Mitch and Paul will try to shrug this off.

    I love my President.

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  26. smadallib says:

    Its a good start. Kudos to all.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Apollo says:

      That’s a good way to put it. Good stuff, all needs to be done. But we do eventually need to get to a benefits cutoff and the understanding that there ought not be such a thing as an “undeportable” illegal alien.

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  27. andi lee says:

    Not one mention of the *privilege* of a College education off the backs of hard-working Americans, whose child may not have that *privileged* illegal immigrant benefit applied to them but instead weighed down by hefty education loans.

    Notice USICS has deleted their fee-waiver tweet to DACA recipients. 😁Progress!

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  28. nor'easter says:

    Trump to Congress: Your move.
    Choose wisely.
    America is watching.

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  29. youme says:

    One of Obama’s first acts as president:

    Allow entry to foreigners who provided “Limited Material Support” to terrorists:

    On February 5, 2014, the secretary of homeland security and the secretary of state (the “Secretaries”), following with the attorney general, exercised their discretionary authority not to apply the material support inadmissibility ground to certain applicants who provided certain limited material support to an undesignated terrorist organization, or to a member of such an organization.

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/05/2014-02357/exercise-of-authority-under-section-212d3bi-of-the-immigration-and-nationality-act

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  30. amwick says:

    What I liked most is how our President started:

    In 2012, after the Congress rejected legislation offering legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, the previous Administration bypassed the Congress and granted those same benefits unilaterally. These actions threatened Congress’s status as a coequal branch of Government and have resulted in a surge of illegal immigration.

    As President, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, which makes clear that all legislative powers are vested in the Congress, not the President.

    He is telling everyone that the three branches of government should do their own jobs, and not interfere or undermine one another. BRAVO!!!! I just wish the judiciary had the same common sense. Along this way of thinking, there are items that many people may have wanted addressed but they rightly fall into the legislative branch… the do nothings of Congress.

    Our Country is strong because of the coequal branches.. and it has been threatened for so long by abusers… I love to see this,, it is a kind of healing on a massive scale. Like an arborist wrapping up a damaged limb. The whole tree will be better off.

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  31. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    There are no ‘illegal immigrants’ in The US. They are invaders. Immigrants follow Immigration Law and apply. A country that fails to repel invaders usually ceases to exist.

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  32. PDQ says:

    chipping away and the soul-crushing, American-destroying muh-legacy.

    LOVE IT!

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  33. Joel says:

    It’s almost perfect.

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  34. Elvis Newton says:

    Visa over stay is not even a misdemeanor now? NO ONE travels on a visa to a country and then somehow forgets to go home. It is a conscious effort to circumvent the immigration laws.

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    • andi lee says:

      Education VISAs, probably.
      US foreign Embassies sponsors Education grants. Pick a country, see for yourself.

      Huma Abedin’s mom, Saleha, is still in the country on a TEMP VISA to speak at a woman’s conference in 2011(?). Wikileaks has Huma’s email asking HRC to assist / intercede in MB mom’ entry to the U.S.

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  35. andi lee says:

    Fun Fact:
    The DACA program had not ended in 2016 with DAPA, but remained actively ‘business as usual’, (even though Judge Hanen ruled DAPA illegal) until September of 2017!

    DACA gateway was wide open through USCIS!

    BTW. Here’s another Congress’ ‘Sneaky-Pete’ moment to realize:

    Obama ordered DACA / DAPA I.D.s SEALED. That information is *guarded* by the USCIS.

    So, Congress orders their *”data”* from the DHS, not the USCIS!
    (“Mm hm”. Yes, that is correct.)

    Here is most current I found,Texas AG Paxton threatening to sue Trump Admin in July 2017 for *not* ending DACA program.
    A threat is not “on-going litigation”. So I don’t know what USCIS Acting Director is talking about in oral testimony, unable to speak of certain subject matters “due to on-going litigation”.

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  36. naturally, dopey thug puppet clickbait took it as an opportunity to bash and dismiss The President –
    the truth is that they are co-intel globalist psychopath LIBERAL ZIONIST operatives, masquerading as “conservative” ideologues. PERIOD

    Bannon too…

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    • BREITBART.COM sorry – meant to read:
      naturally, dopey thug puppet clickbait breitbart took it as an opportunity to bash and dismiss The President –
      the truth is that they are co-intel globalist psychopath LIBERAL ZIONIST operatives, masquerading as “conservative” ideologues. PERIOD

      Bannon too…

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  37. john lorenz says:

    In all the years this has been going on when have the demshevik anti-American globalists ever justified the admittance and retention of illegals ? They’re illegal . Case closed.

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    • Judith says:

      They wanted to sneak them in first, and THEN wave a magic wand to legalize the invaders. Isn’t that right, “Teddy Bear Ted?”

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  38. Sylvia Avery says:

    I first read about the practice described below (where immigrants file tax returns with scores of children who live in Mexico or elsewhere thus garnering the filer, who often uses either fake ID or a TIN rather than an SSN, a large income tax refund) just before the Inauguration IIRC and it was a really big, detailed expose on this in Indiana and it happened a lot. It was great, indepth reporting in a local paper.

    This is just kind of a summary, but it is the same idea of the same thing happening in Arizona. Excerpts from article with the link below.

    ********

    Immigrant-rights Activist Indicted on Suspicion of Preparing False Tax Returns

    “…Bermudez, founder of Immigrants Without Borders and owner of El Centro de Ayuda, is accused of advising taxpayers to claim unqualified dependents to gain tax-credit deductions, according to a court filing.

    Bermudez encouraged taxpayers to claim dependents who lived in Mexico and did not receive the minimum amount of financial support to qualify for the $1,000 Additional Child Tax Credit, according to the filing…”

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-breaking/2017/10/06/immigrant-rights-activist-elias-bermudez-indicted-suspicion-preparing-false-tax-returns/740322001/

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  39. First Last says:

    If it doesn’t say “remove all illegal aliens” it’s absolutely meaningless. Period. Trump is caving. But I think he meant to all along.

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    • Judith says:

      Well.. that didn’t take long! For those of you who need the play-by-play, it’s CONgressional RepubliCONS who are on the hot seat here. They *don’t* want to pass *ANY* immigration legislation because their donors will simply not permit it.

      Right on cue, these “do-nothing” “teddy bear” Cruzbots chime in to grandstand: It doesn’t go far enough. Where have I heard that one before? “Muh principles.” Spit.

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  40. Janie May says:

    I try every single day to be an online warrior for our agenda to make America great again. I have a regular job and family, sometimes they feel neglected, but I still do all I can to further chip away at making some progress.

    For those of you who tweet can I ask you to go into these points and tweet them in very simple terms; to break it down into simply soundbites because we know that those fence sitters to download and read deeply.

    WE must amplify the President’s message to get through all the noise and twisted talking points of the mainstream media.

    I get so tired and worry that we aren’t making any headway, but then I realize that we are actually changing the conversation. When the public question is repeated “why is it NOT logical to secure our border?” then we have made significant progress. I saw just that tweet today.

    I am NOT ‘going back to sleep’ and leaving this to the President, I will proactively fight every single day. I have noticed that all it takes is a for one person to speak the truth or make people look at an old issue in a different light and then a flood of others push the needle forward.

    I hope my fellow tweeters will help me break down this big document into smaller points that can be percolated up to the top of our public conversation.

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    • Judith says:

      IMO the best way to cut through all the BS is to explain who comprises the UNiparty, and why it exists. It is essentially everybody in DC -vs- Trump & MAGA. If voters can’t process that concept, they will never understand what’s going on, or how it must be rectified.

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  41. Summer says:

    I like the memo. I really do.

    I am sure it will be immediately implemented by our wonderful Congress.

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  42. Maquis says:

    Wow. This was so well done. Adults in the White House! This is brilliant and incredibly comprehensive, in granular detail. This is how our legislators should be writing and drafting and championing. There is no excuse for Congress to ignore this, and I won’t let let them

    So proud of Our President.

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