United States Democrats give in to Trump’s xenophobia

This 24 September 2017 video from the USA is called Democrats Give Trump $700 Billion Dollar Military Gift.

And now …

By Eric London in the USA:

Democrats capitulate to Trump, agree to wall funding

12 February 2019

Just 15 minutes before Donald Trump was scheduled to address a rally in the Texas border town of El Paso, Senate leaders announced that the Democrats and Republicans had reached a deal to avert another government shutdown, set to begin on at 12:01 AM Saturday.

The agreement is a complete capitulation by the Democratic Party to Trump’s fascistic agenda. According to initial news reports, it includes $1.4 billion in funding for a steel wall and no lowering of the cap on the total number of immigrants who can be detained on any given night.

Senior congressional aides claim the deal would allow Trump to expand Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention by over 20 percent. The Hill noted that the agreement provides “enough flexibility to reach the president’s requested level of 52,000 beds.”

According to CNN, the deal also includes an additional $1.7 billion in increased spending for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Between chants of “USA! USA!” and “Build the wall!” at his El Paso rally, Trump denounced “socialism” and the “radical left” and claimed he was not yet aware of the details of the agreement. “We probably have some good news,” he said, referencing the fact that the Democrats were likely to cave on calls for a cap on immigrant detentions.

“We’re setting the stage,” he added, indicating that he would be able to move billions of dollars to build his wall regardless of the total amount officially appropriated by Congress. “We’re building the wall, anyway. The wall is going to be built.”

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” over the weekend that any deal would provide Trump with political cover and administrative flexibility to allocate billions of dollars as he sees fit: “We’ll take as much money as you can give us and then we will go off and find the money someplace else legally in order to secure that southern barrier. But this is going to get built with or without Congress,” he said.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to the deal and the Democratic Party is wheeling out its pathetic excuses for its inevitable capitulation. Democratic House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey, who is one of the leaders of the bipartisan joint House-Senate conference committee that worked out the agreement, meekly said, “We did the best we could.”

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy added, “There’s not a single one of us who’s going to get every single thing we want, but nobody does. But we are going to get what is best for the United States.”

The capitulation means that thousands more will die in the desert after being forced to cross in more inhospitable terrain, and tens of thousands more will be detained in the US as they await immigration hearings.

Also Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s wall construction plans, issuing a decision finding that the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA) gives the Department of Homeland Security the legal power to construct wall fencing regardless of environmental regulations.

The 2-1 ruling by the most “liberal” federal appellate court was issued by Judge M. Margaret McKeown, a Clinton appointee, and Jacqueline Nguyen, an Obama appointee.

IIRAIRA, the legislation that grants the president the power to build border walls, was passed by unanimous voice vote in the Senate and by almost the entire current Democratic Party leadership, who then served in the House, including James Clyburn, Charles Schumer, John Lewis, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi and former congressman Luis Gutierrez. …

In his speech yesterday, Trump touted the construction of a border wall in El Paso, claiming it had reduced crime in the city. Construction of the wall in El Paso was completed by Barack Obama in 2009.

As Trump was speaking, thousands of soldiers and federal agents swarmed Eagle Pass, Texas in an operation that CBP is calling a “show of force” aimed at deterring Central American refugees from crossing the Rio Grande. More than 100 federal police vehicles lined a one-mile stretch of the border at Eagle Pass over the weekend.

Maverick County, Texas Sheriff Tom Schmerber told the Washington Examiner: “To me, it’s like showing force. It would give a message to the immigrants that want to come illegally through Texas that Texas is always prepared and has a lot of manpower at the border–that they would go to another state.”

This “show of force” has dangerous symbolic significance.

Under the Clinton administration in 1993, El Paso Sector Border Patrol Chief Sylvestre Reyes (who later became a Democratic congressman and co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign) deployed hundreds of agents in their vehicles in a similar “show of force” along a section of the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. This was the opening salvo of what became known as “Operation Hold-the-Line”–the first major military border operation on the US-Mexico border.

As a result of the Clinton administration’s militarization of the border cities, immigrants now cross through the desert. Up to 20,000 immigrants have died attempting to cross the border since Operation Hold-the-Line was enacted in El Paso. In 1994, Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno announced the initiation of a similar program to construct a border wall to separate San Diego from Tijuana.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of workers in the maquiladoras of Ciudad Juarez are discussing taking strike action, as strikes spread in Matamoros, located across the border from Brownsville, Texas. It is this emerging movement of the working class that embodies the fight to unite workers in the US and Mexico against the militarization of the border by both the US and Mexican ruling classs … .

CONGRESSIONAL LAWMAKERS REACH AGREEMENT TO AVERT SHUTDOWN A tentative border security deal has reportedly been reached that would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. The money will be for vertical steel slats called bollards, not a solid wall. Democrats dropped their proposal to limit the number of detained immigrants caught inside the U.S. to a daily average of 16,500, and bargainers agreed to fund 40,520 beds to detain immigrants entering or in the U.S. illegally. [AP]

HANNITY HATES THE DEAL Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump’s cable news footman, flayed the spending deal, urging Republicans to oppose it. “Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain,” he puffed with theatrical indignation. [HuffPost]

TRUMP: ‘WALLS SAVE LIVES’ Trump continued to push the need for border security at a rally in El Paso, Texas, saying his proposed wall is necessary for Americans’ safety because “walls save lives.” [HuffPost]

MAGA ATTACK ON CAMERAMAN At the same rally, a Trump supporter stormed the press platform and attacked a BBC cameraman. [HuffPost]

From CNN in the USA:

Still, Democrats did back down on a demand for a cap on the number of places in detention centers for undocumented migrants, which had stalled the talks over the weekend.

The party had sought the restrictions in an effort to handcuff Trump’s zero-tolerance policy of detaining undocumented migrants — even those without criminal records.

This 11 February 2019 video from the USA is called Trump Can’t Wait For Another Shutdown.

From Our Revolution in the USA:

Here’s the no-bull scoop on President Trump’s rally in El Paso tonight to push for his border wall – he’s shirking his duties as president and leaving 800,000 federal workers high and dry.

The grandstanding and fearmongering need to end right now — the workaday people in this country deserve a President and a Congress who will pass a permanent end to the government shutdown.

Just a few days ago The Nation reported that President Trump says that the chances Congress will give him a funding bill that he is prepared to sign are “less than 50/50.” This means that when the current stopgap spending measure expires at midnight on February 15, federal workers will be threatened once again with another federal government shutdown.

If the shutdown does resume, we urge federal workers to stay away from work and we urge allies to occupy airports on Saturday, February 16.

Add your name now and join thousands of people across the country who are working together to make February 16 National Stayaway Day.

Federal workers still have not recovered from the effects of the last shutdown and another shutdown would be catastrophic for the federal service, 800,000 of whose members were held hostage during the Trump shutdown.

Even worse is that many federal contractors, including hourly food service or janitorial workers, suffered income losses that most likely won’t be recovered.

Enough is enough. Join us on February 16 and stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are being exploited and abused by the Trump administration.

Federal workers acting alone may not have the power to win this fight, but with working people from across the nation standing in solidarity with them, we can make our voices loud enough to demand a permanent end to any potential government shutdown.

In solidarity,

Jim Hightower
Board Member
Our Revolution

Following Democrats’ capitulation on border wall. Trump pushes for more anti-immigrant concessions from the Democrats: here.

5 thoughts on “United States Democrats give in to Trump’s xenophobia

  1. Last night Trump held his rally in El Paso – a gathering that he said was supposed to show the impact a wall can have in decreasing crime.

    Here are the facts: crime in El Paso was down well before a wall – and after it was built there was even a slight uptick. But facts be damned with this president, so here’s the real point:

    The wall Trump wants to build would do little more than serve as a monument to his racism. The wall is a moral abomination. But even more to the point, using the United States military to build the wall would affect our nation’s military readiness due to taking troops and money away from training.

    That is why we have a critical role to play in stopping that effort:

    Sign VoteVets’ petition today: tell Trump we are wildly OPPOSED to any effort to deploy military service members or resources to build a racist wall along the southern border.

    Time after time – from hiring freezes, to shutdowns, to efforts to privatize the VA, and now this wall – Trump has taken action to harm and demoralize the military, veterans, and military families. It’s up to us to make that clear… and to fight back.

    All my best,

    Jon Soltz
    Iraq War Veteran and Chairman


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