After Congress passed a bipartisan omnibus spending bill that greatly favors Democrats Thursday, congressional Democrat leaders reportedly instructed their peers to not gloat, lest President Donald Trump abruptly change his mind and sink the deal.
“Democrats, privately, were amused but made a conscious decision not to gloat — concerned that if they celebrated what they considered a victory Thursday they might anger Trump enough to veto the deal,” The Washington Post reported after Trump signed the bill Friday.
“Don’t poke the bear,” one Democrat reportedly said.
.@PressSec: President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action—including a national emergency—to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 14, 2019
The desire to gloat stemmed from how much the Democrats have gained from the bill. Despite being touted by the GOP establishment as a worthy compromise, given as the bill provides $1.375 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall, it contains a bevy of questionable provisions.
The bill grants Texas border counties veto power over the construction of any fencing or wall. But many of these counties have a history of corruption and ties to Mexican cartels.
The bill likewise empowers human traffickers like never before.
Section 224(a) of the bill specifically says that none of the money allocated to the Department of Homeland Security may be used to detain or deport “a sponsor, potential sponsor, or member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor of an unaccompanied alien child.”
In other words, any migrant who crosses the border illegally with a child in stow cannot be touched by DHS and its sub-agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Tucked strategically under a clause for coast guard…section 224(a) will prevent .@ICEgov from detaining or removing any sponsor, potential sponsor or a member of a household who has accompanied an alien child. pic.twitter.com/DkPOelt7rZ
— Priscilla ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LucetVeritas) February 14, 2019
“If there are illegal aliens here who do not yet have a child here to serve as a deportation shield, this certainly is an incentive for them to make the arrangements to bring one,” Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies reportedly said in a statement to Conservative Review.
Another problem with the bill is that it funnels $40 million to Alternatives to Detention (ATD), an Obama era program that moves asylum seekers deep inside the country and then releases them.
“Most of these people have no intention of asking for asylum and know they don’t qualify for it, but are simply joining the illegal population, knowing it’s unlikely that they will be deported,” Vaughan said.
“The bill funds ‘case management’ staff to keep tabs on those who don’t abscond immediately, but no money for ICE officers to find and remove them. This is going to saddle the communities that have been forced to absorb these new arrivals with billions of dollars of future costs for schooling, health care, and other welfare services.”
Poison pill. ?? pic.twitter.com/unUU6X6YAJ
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 15, 2019
This “deal” provides de facto amnesty for anyone claiming to be even in the household of a potential sponsor of an unaccompanied alien minor AND is thus the “Child Trafficking Promotion Act” cc: @realDonaldTrump
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) February 14, 2019
This bill is tantamount to an illegal immigration “stimulus” — de facto amnesty to any “sponsor,” family member or “potential sponsor” of an unaccompanied minor. #ChainMigrationAmnesty
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 14, 2019
If the bill is so bad, why did Trump sign it? Because one, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outright lied to him, and two, McConnell agreed to support his national emergency declaration.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was on the phone with Trump at least three times during the course of the nerve-racking day, pressing him to stay the course and asserting that Democrats had actually lost the spending fight,” the Post reported.
False. McConnell and his peers in the GOP-led Senate lost the spending fight via poor negotiation and then used a false premise to convince Trump to back them in their surrender.
Or as Neil Munro of Breitbart put it, “GOP leaders & appropriators botch their immigration talks w/ ruthless Democrats, then bargain w/ Trump to avoid a veto by promising to back his national emergency declaration. SameOld: GOP pols fail on migration policy b/c they put biz $ first, every time.”
GOP leaders & appropriators botch their immigration talks w/ ruthless Democrats, then bargain w/ Trump to avoid a veto by promising to back his national emergency declaration. SameOld: GOP pols fail on migration policy b/c they put biz $ first, every time. https://t.co/lN2MNnzyV0
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) February 15, 2019
While some critics such as conservative commentator Ann Coulter have blamed the president for this horrible bill, most conservatives appear to be laying the blame at the feet of McConnel and his peers in the GOP-led Congress:
McConnell needs to be replaced as Senate Majority Leader – he’s no better than Pelosi.
— Proud American ❌ (@ta193919632009) February 16, 2019
Section 24 of the spending bill….unfettered immigration. The lobbyists behind this bill have no interest in immigration reform. Written on behalf of those who want to undermine America. Thank you @senatemajldr And, @POTUS Congress does not have your back.
— K (@vermonter61) February 16, 2019
Our #Republican majority #Senate Led by Corrupt @senatemajldr #McConnell Just permanently Stopped ALL #IllegalAlien #Deportation in the new #SpendingBill that wouldn’t matter if POTUS Signed or not due to the 2/3rd Majority signing it. “Section 224(a) prohibits – see attachment pic.twitter.com/aLG9xgd7Bv
— Chaco (@FrankChaco) February 16, 2019
THIS IS INTERESTING….
REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED 2 GUT DHS IN SPENDING BILL
UP TO 9/30/19
— gratefulsoul (@Happyheart411) February 16, 2019
You should be ashamed of the spending bill. Republicans disappointing voters again.
— Jeffri (@Lamesa_Gal) February 16, 2019
As a conservative, @senatemajldr is a disaster on this spending bill. A total sell out. With a majority leader like McConnell, democrats don’t even need Schumer. McConnell needs the go!
— Smurph (@shawnmurphy2) February 16, 2019
@senatemajldr How do you sleep at night? You Betrayed We the People with this Toxic Sabotage. Hope your friends at the Chamber are happy with this. Mitch McConnell Told Trump No ‘Land Mines‘ in Spending Bill https://t.co/91Z2SVR3m0 via @BreitbartNews
— Deb.AsAMom (@Debavellan) February 16, 2019