President Trump took his highly emotional immigration position to Twitter, leaving plenty of words to analyze with regard to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), immigration statistics and much more.
But, before we start, here’s an excerpt from a speech he gave in West Virginia, where he was discussing tax reform.
“And remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened,” Trump said, when he argued that Mexico is “not sending their best. …They’re rapists. Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough,’ and I used the word rape. And yesterday, it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before. They don’t want to mention that. So we have to change our laws.”
The caravan, at its most, included about 300 children, 400 women and maybe the same amount of men, who had banded together for protection during their immigration. BuzzFeed News immigration reporter Adolfo Flores was traveling with the group. Following the President’s speech, Flores tweeted, “I’ve been with the caravan for 12 days and haven’t seen or heard of anyone being “raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.” He added, “To be clear I haven’t heard of anyone being raped in or around the caravan.”
While the president seemed to accuse the marchers of rape, it’s possible (instead) he was referring to criminals that seem to be attracted to the group marches. According to BuzzFeed, these migrants attract criminals who then prey on their vulnerabilities.
On to a few tweets….
getting more dangerous
Homeland Security figures (put together by NPR) show that the rate of illegal border crossings into the U.S. dropped to its lowest level in decades and were down 25% in 2016, though they have ticked back up slightly in the first months of 2018.
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, offers temporary protection from deportation to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It’s available only to immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since 2007 (among other things).
Trump tried to end DACA last fall, and the courts are now working through the issue.
The president continues to mention changing the way the Senate passes legislation by using the “nuclear option.” Let’s take a look.
Basically, the founding fathers looked at the Senate as the place for things to get discussed, worked out, tempers to cool, compromise to be reached. They wanted the pace slow, and the mood cautious. The minority opinion respected. In this spirit, by 1975 it was required that at least 60 votes are needed to proceed to a vote on a bill.
However, the nuclear option allows the Senate to override the 60-vote rule and move on to a vote with a 51-count majority.
It was used for the first time in 2013 to fill court appointments.
Trump keeps talking (and tweeting) about withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
NAFTA is a 24-year-old deal between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. that, among other things, eliminates tariffs in order to increase trade. With this, in the U.S., it makes goods cheaper and creates jobs. But it also makes it easier for U.S. companies to move to Mexico, where labor is cheaper. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that NAFTA caused 700,000 jobs to move to Mexico over the past 24 years.
Is it time to pull out of the treaty? Let’s talk a look.