by Saturday at 2:23 pm•
In a speech from the White House on Saturday afternoon, the President delivered a new ransom to Democrats: take a deal to extend protections for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status recipients for three years and give him $5.7 billion for a "strategic deployment of physical barriers—or a wall," he said, or else he'll continue to withhold paychecks from federal employees.
He also wants Congress to pony up $800 million in "urgent humanitarian assistance"—which I'm guessing means disaster relief funds, $805 million for "drug detection technology" at the ports of entry, permission to deploy 2,750 new border agents, only 75 new "immigration judge teams," and a new system to allow "Central American minors to apply for asylum in their own countries," which is such a dumb and cruel idea I can't even believe he said it out loud. Asylum-seekers are fleeing gang violence and domestic violence. They're in constant and immediate danger. Is he seriously suggesting that we should have kids in Guatemala filling out U.S. Govt. paperwork and waiting around for some judge to determine whether or not the claim for asylum is reasonable? He is.Continue reading »