Donald Trump yesterday said he’s worried the government may have to be shut down if Democrats don’t stop insisting on doing what Donald Trump asked Congress to do in September: pass a permanent fix to protect people covered by the DACA program that allowed young people whose parents brought them to the US as children to stay in the country. In case the “president” doesn’t remember that, here’s his tweet from the evening he took a torch to DACA and then found out people didn’t like that:
Trump might remember that, since he’d said how much he loved the DREAMer kids and wanted to treat them with heart and stuff. But that was a million years ago, last summer, and now, Trump has decided he got snookered the last time Democrats kept the government open. Ergo, Dems’ insistence on fixing DACA has transformed inside Trump’s little hamster brain into something terrible and evil, as he explained to reporters Wednesday:
A government shutdown “could happen,” Trump explained, because
The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous for our country.
They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime. We don’t want to have that. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country.
Just to be clear here, there is no actual “Please Bring Crimers To America Through Open Borders” amendment to the government funding bill. Trump is just plain lying about Democrats’ insistence that action be taken to protect from deportation nearly a million young people who grew up in America and are working or attending college. As for that “tremendous amounts of crime” bullshit, having a clean criminal record is one of the requirements for qualification for DACA, so the people protected by the program actually have, by definition, lower criminality than among native-born Americans in their age group. (This is the cue for future Deleted Commenters to scream, “Yeah, but they’re here ILLEGALLY, so they’re 100% criminal!” And then we point out that being in the US without papers is a civil, not a criminal offense, wash, rinse, repeat.)
Trump continued to lie about what’s at stake in the year-end budget deal, saying
The Democrats maybe will want to shut down the country because they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country but I want to vet those people […] And I want to vet them very carefully, because we don’t want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don’t want to have crime in this country.
We have checked the archives, and there is no indication that any DACA recipient has been a radical Islamic terrorist. If there had been, it would be the only thing wingnuts would talk about when DACA is mentioned.
Nacy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are scheduled to meet Trump and Republican leadership today at the White House to discuss ways of keeping the government open, and perhaps they could point out to the “president” his previous insistence that Congress fix DACA. As it is, Pelosi has already pointed out that Democrats aren’t the ones talking about how great a government shutdown would be:
Expect Trump to emerge from the meeting to tell Americans that very few people knew DACA was ending, and something should probably be done about it. And then for him to accuse DACA of closing factories and moving the jobs to Mexico. Or maybe he’ll just spit his dentures out onto the carpet.