Daily Dispatch 1/10/19
January 10, 2019
A 14 minute meeting between Donald, Chuck, and Nancy ended when the president stormed out of the room.
Senator Schumer’s version of events:
“Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out. He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up and said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss,’ and he just walked out. Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting.”
Trump’s version of events:
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
Meanwhile, GOP Senators Graham, Collins, Tillis, Alexander, Portman, and Murkowski are putting together a plan that would offer some border wall funding and include protections for DACA recipients and TPS holders from El Salvador. The hope is that the proposal will draw in Democratic votes while still letting Trump claim victory. Will this plan work?
What’s next? One theory: Trump will declare a national emergency to fund the wall, then open the government and take credit for both, portraying the Democrats as being responsible for the shutdown. Problem with this: it might just work.
Are ICE and private prison companies breaking the law by operating during the shutdown? Probably: ICE has run out of money to pay private contractors running detention facilities. The agency has told local governments with IGSAs and CoreCivic / Geo Group that they won’t see any money until the government re-opens. However, the Antideficiency Act “makes it illegal for a contractor to provide the government free services in anticipation of future payments, unless the services are necessary to protect human life or property.” Therefore, holding immigrants with no violent criminal history would be a violation of federal law (aka a crime).
Related: Four CBP officers are suing the Trump administration for being required to work without pay.
About that speech:
A little discussed element of Trump’s Oval Office address is his pitting of immigrants against the black community, claiming that African Americans are “hardest hit” by the alleged negative economic effects of “illegal immigration.” Here is an op-ed on the subject.
Networks are still feeling the heat over their decision to air the speech.
From WaPo: “Three presidents, three speeches – and an immigration debate that has grown coarser”
From HuffPo: “White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Gets A Primary Challenger”
From CNN: “Stephen Miller is making America hostile to immigrants”
From the Hill: “Undocumented immigrant takes sanctuary while in ‘legal limbo’ due to shutdown”
From the Des Moines Register: “Iowa judge frees Palestinian man who had waited 2 years in jail to be deported”