Chuck Schumer bet big on obstructing Donald Trump’s agenda as the key to defeating him in 2020.
Schumer’s gamble just blew up in his face as the Democrats appear to have lost big league.
That’s because William Barr dropped this bombshell that sent Chuck Schumer into tears.
There is no one issue more central to Donald Trump’s Presidency and re-election chances than immigration.
Trump rode grassroots furor and the GOP establishment’s open borders policies to the nomination in 2016.
In the General Election, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on the strength of his “Make America Great Again” immigration agenda.
Chuck Schumer and his Democrat allies recognized that in politics turning your opponent’s strength into their biggest weakness was the key to victory.
So from day one Democrats set about obstructing Donald Trump’s immigration proposals by blocking votes on common sense fixes to close the loopholes that act as a magnet to draw illegal aliens to America.
Democrats also promptly sued every time the Trump administration announced a new proposal to exercise lawful executive authority to stem the tide of the illegal alien invasion.
Donald Trump finally had enough.
Last spring the President directed the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to devise rule changes to America’s asylum laws to prevent illegal aliens with phony claims from gaming the system.
Attorney General William Barr finally announced the new asylum rules that would cut off the flow of illegal aliens storming through Central America toward the United States’ Southern border.
Under the new rules announced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, illegal aliens that travel through other countries and do not apply for asylum there will lose asylum protections in the United States.
Attorney General William Barr declared this was a “lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan explained that this step was necessary because Congress refuses to act.
“Until Congress can act, this interim rule will help reduce a major ‘pull’ factor driving irregular migration to the United States and enable DHS and DOJ to more quickly and efficiently process cases originating from the southern border, leading to fewer individuals transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey,” McAleenan’s statement read.
Open borders activists were furious and promised swift legal challenges.
Deputy director of the Immigrants Rights Project at the ACLU, Lee Gelernt, blasted the administration’s attempt to put in place procedures to protect legitimate claims of asylum and weed out the phony claims that are clogging up the system.
“The Trump administration is trying to unilaterally reverse our country’s legal and moral commitment to protect those fleeing danger,” Gelernt ranted.
The new rule has three exceptions.
First, migrants that were denied asylum in another country could still apply.
Second, migrants that could demonstrate they were the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons – which is a much higher standard of the current credible fear of persecution threshold to claim asylum.
And finally they must not have traveled through a country that was party to one of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol, or the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
But since every country illegal aliens travel through to get to the United States is party to at least one of those treaties, few illegal aliens will qualify.
President Trump is determined not to fall into Schumer’s trap of becoming frustrated with the obstruction and legal challenges to his immigration agenda and give up.
American Patriot Daily will continue to cover any new developments in this ongoing story.