Trump Again Shows His Heartlessness and Xenophobia…

Trump, pandering to his xenophobic base announces the end of DACA.

A member of Trump’s diversity coalition announces his resignation.

A real President of the United States of America speaks up.

Washington (CNN) – Javier Palomarez, the head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, announced he was resigning from President Donald Trump’s diversity coalition over the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Palomarez announced his decision on Tuesday morning, expressing his strong disagreement with the Trump administration on immigration.

“I tried to work as hard as I could with this administration on this issue, and I continue to want to work with them on other issues, like tax reform, like health care reform, and so many other important things,” Palomarez told HLN’s Carol Costello. “But I really don’t see the logic in doing what we’re doing right now.”

He continued, “I am resigning right now from that council.”
Palomarez said his on-air proclamation served as his resignation.

We salute Palomarez’s decision and encourage all politicians with a conscience to support the opposition to Trump’s foolish and self-defeating decision.

And now, thoughts from a former and REAL President of the Untied States.

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America — kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people — our young people — that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.

That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.

But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?

Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.

It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.

Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people — and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals — that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

Real and true patriotic Americans grasp the truth and wisdom of President Obama’s words. We are hopeful that a overwhelming majority of our elected officials from both parties do as well.

 

 

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

10 thoughts on “Trump Again Shows His Heartlessness and Xenophobia…”

  1. He’s in a mess on this Les… he wants, and the GOP establishment want to do “the right thing.” Unfortunately, the right thing for his base, the extremist right, is to use the DACA lists to deport the kids.

    The GOP majority wants immigration reform, but they are not the primary voters, so they can’t get it done. And if the establishment guys support DACA and reform, the extreme voices will primary them.

    This is a mess for Trump and the GOP. A mess they cooked up themselves.

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    1. I agree the GOP majority wants to do the right thing. But, But, But, why didn’t they work with Obama and enact comprehensive immigration reform? Yup, politics… AGAIN. Therefore for me they lost any claim to ethical and moral behavior.

      Trump, you give him more credit than I’m willing to. I suppose a credible argument can be made that he wants Congress to act as they should. But, IMNHO he is AGAIN giving up the high ground. IOW, he is trying duck leadership and in the end he’s simply looking out for numero uno, Himself.

      The GOP and Trump are pathetic in my view. 16 years ago my views were different. They’ve pushed me to analyze and ultimately move as far away from their BS as possible.

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  2. President Obama speaking on 6/15/12: THE PRESIDENT Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is –

    Q (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

    Q — foreigners over American workers.

    THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

    Q No, you have to take questions.

    THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking. Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act.

    Five years later – Trumps’ ending DACA, what a FASCIST!

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    1. Obama wanted comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans, because of their stated and well publicized desire to insure Obama failed, refused to work with Obama and democrats to achieve comprehensive reform.

      Now, with a Republican government Trump’s answer was to end DACA, in six months. Placing the fate of the Dreamers in the hands of Congress. Creating his dream of seeing DACA ended and placing the blame on Congress when they fail to act.

      Gutless Congress and soulless Trump. Typical Republican. Now, have a pleasant evening.

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  3. Trump did the only thing he could do, make congress do something. BHO kicked the can down the road, or took the chickens way out, and admitted it was a temporary solution. Why didn’t push for reform while he had a majority. Because collapsing our healthcare was more important to him than permanently protecting illegals.

    When did slimy reid send an immigration bill to the floor so it could be discussed.

    Gutless Congress is correct but Trump showed more soul by forcing congress to act and do their job. He showed if the repubs won’t act he will go to Botox Madam and soapbox Chuckie to get something done and that enraged the lifeless republican congress. They have shown how impotent they are by not replacing obamacare with a better plan.

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    1. Oh Skud… Slimy Reid? Or do you mean Harry? The man who was the Senate Majority leader in June of 2013 when the senate passed a Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill 68-32 and after numerous hearings, sent it to the House. Sadly, that’s where it died even though it would have passed by a wide margin if the GOP leadership had allowed a vote.

      Something about the “Hastert Rule”, named for a convicted child molester who was the GOP Speaker who believed a majority of the majority party had to favor a bill to even bring it up for a vote.

      That’s the very definition of partisanship. And about not Making America Great Again.

      Make sure you know your facts if you’re going to be so snarky.

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  4. Dave,
    Nice shot at me but you missed the point and avoided a reasonable comment. The dems had a majority in both houses and could have easily passed immigration reform during that time but they decided passing a bill no one was allowed to see first.
    I will acknowledge that the repugs are a block to immigration reform even when Bush tried to get it through.
    Even Obama said DACA was a temporary fix and needed to become law which congress had to do. He did as much harm as anyone to create uncertainty. Now it have become crunch time and DJT had three choice, extend DACA and push it down the road, immediately withdraw it and send the kids or 20 somethings packing or make congress do their job and give them time to do it. This was a good decision for everyone except congress because now they have to do something and take a stand.
    How many bills did slimy not bring to the floor for a vote because they were repug sponsored, in case you wonder it was 352.
    It would be nice to see both houses of congress to work together to serve the American people but that doesn’t seem possible

    On another note, I hope the communities you serve were not affected by the earthquake.

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  5. Skud, my communities fared alright… thanks.

    As for immigration, there was no window for change during the Obama Admin until after the 2012 elections. That’s when the GOP did their autopsy of the election and was afraid not to sound reasonable to latinos. Even Hannity was on board then. Before that, the Dems had a super majority for only a few months as Sen Kennedy was dying.

    I’m no fan of a lot of what the Dems do. They’ve got a lot of issues, many that over the years I’ve mentioned here and on other blogs. But the idea, pushed by many conservatives, that they had a blank check in 2009, is just not based in political reality.

    If the GOP wanted reform, we’d have it. They don’t plain and simple. Because to solve this would take away a wedge issue. Sadly, it is one that is playing with peoples lives. Just as they Dems do with their issue.

    You are right, Trump had to do something because he promised to do so. If he had thought before speaking, maybe he could have come up with a better solution.

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