5104- Trump Taketh Away, Trump Giveth Back?

(Reuters photo)

In this crazy world of politics, Republicans and Democrats are just sitting back watching this switcheroo happen right before their eyes, with their mouths wide open. Well, all except for Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi that is. On September 5th, US President Donald Trump officially announced that his administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the end of a 6-month grace period. Roughly 800,000 people who were brought to this country illegally as children were suddenly left out in the cold by a president who promised to protect them months earlier…

(Photo from Lou Kerner through Medium)

Magically fast forward to September 14th (less than 5% of the way through his threat to end DACA cold), US President Donald Trump met with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to begin the process of making a deal to protect those 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. What a 180 degree shift! First, President Trump ends a program to appeal to his base, then he appeals to those affected by his decision by making a deal to replace it. To many of his conservative allies, the president can’t make up his mind. “Unbelievable! Amnesty is a pardon for immigration law breakers coupled with the reward of the objective of their crime,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

All of the head spinning has lot me filled with questions:

Why the sudden change of heart?

      Will it, or more aptly, could it make it through this Republican-controlled Congress?

      What is the president’s true stance on immigration?

      How will his base or his detractors in the Republican party react?

      Will anything ever come of this or will six months come and go

      How does the dreaded border wall or federal budget come into play?

I am not sure I or the Trump administration has an answer for any of these questions. Donald Trump ran as a “my way or the highway” kind of guy, but so far as I’ve seen, he is more than willing to make friends with Democrats than most Republicans out there.

**ATTN: This is no way in reflection of my political views of the President, Congress, or politics in general, so let’s keep any discussion civil.**

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