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Immigration after 2016
Sessions Nomination Shows How Trump Will Approach Immigration as POTUS
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  • Jim__L

    So, a major critic of Hillary Clinton’s antics has been named as AG, and the only thing you can think is newsworthy about this is his stance on immigration?

    • Andrew Allison

      To be fair, I think that the impact of actually enforcing the immigration laws already on the books would dwarf that of jailing Crooked Hillary and dismantling the Pay-to-Play, er Clinton Foundation.

      • Jim__L

        First-order effects of immigration enforcement would of course be directly noticeable; second-order effects of draining the Clinton swamp (and convincing clearance-holders that yes, they really DO need to pay attention during their briefings, it matters!) would actually be much, much greater.

        • Andrew Allison

          Are you seriously suggesting that there’s hope that our rulers will obey the rules? If so, let’s start by closing the revolving door and having all the rules that we unwashed live by apply to Congress (starting with health insurance and pensions) and the Executive Branch.

    • f1b0nacc1

      While your point is a good one (quite honestly, I had completely forgotten Sessions comments about HRC’s despicable behavior until you mentioned them!), I wonder if Trump will even waste political capital bothering with them. The Clintons are finished as a political player (their few attempts to remain viable will do more to damage the Dems than anything Trump could do), so why waste time and focus dealing with them further?

      I suspect that if he is interested in making HRC even more miserable (Trump does have a well-documented mean streak when it comes to revenge) Trump will simply let HRC dangle for a while, while possibly prosecuting her aides and enablers. What better way to disgrace the Clinton’s further than by destroying their friends while they stand by and watch? With that said, I suspect he will simply play the ‘gracious winner’ and leave them to rot.

      • LarryD

        In part, this depends on Obama, to pardon or not to pardon? And if pardon, how many and who? And for what? Just how big a blanket does Obama wish to throw over Hillary and her enablers? And of course, pardoning admits that there are things to pardon. It’s a can of worms, no matter what Obama does.

        And Congress can choose to continue investigating the emailgate, regardless of what Obama or Trump decide to do.

        And the President can only pardon offenses against the United States, violations of state law are out of scope. As are violations of laws of any other country.

        Me. Sunlight is the best political disinfectant, and Washington DC is looking a lot like the Augean Stables.

        As I’ve said regarding the IRS et al, either we clean house and restore legitimacy, or it’s time to burn it to the ground. Choose your destructor: Special Prosecutor or Angry Villagers.

        • f1b0nacc1

          From your last statement first, I agree without reservation. Ideally we will see new civil service reform (with the end of lifetime tenure), but I think that is unlikely and will settle instead for mass ‘resignations’ at the top levels of several federal agencies. Either this will happen within the law, or without it….

          Regarding HRC, if Obama wants to pardon her, let him….and I suspect that he won’t. Prosecution of HRC would be politically messy in the extreme, and I am willing to wager that Trump won’t want to waste his time doing so, though I am not as sure about some of her enablers and aides. They won’t be able to put up the same fight, the Clintons won’t lift a finger to help them, and that should satisfy everyone’s (well, almost everyone’s) appetite for revenge. Obama, who clearly has some interest in being a ‘big man’ (in the African sense) of the Democratic party going forward, might see such prosecutions as useful to him, clearing out potential resistance, etc….

          • Jim__L

            Yep. With the Clintons out of the way finally, Obama will be the de facto leader of the Democrats.

      • Jim__L

        I think that the security establishment (the part that does not consist of Clinton cronies, anyway) will insist that something be done about her.

        As for the idea that Trump will prosecute her aides, enablers, and people that she and Bill generally covered for, while they had the power to do so — that sounds like a really, really good idea. Showing that you can’t run to a major player for protection if you do something really wrong, is a very good disincentive from doing things that are wrong.

        It’s one way to start cleaning the Augean stables.

        • f1b0nacc1

          Perhaps they might, but I don’t think that would cut a whole lot of ice with DJT, especially since many of those same security establishment types went on record saying he was ineligible (for a whole lot of reasons) for the presidency. Just why would he be concerned with them now?

          On the other hand, going after the ‘small fry’ disgraces the Clintons (they don’t have any shame, but it does show them to be toothless, and that they do worry about), and will give people willing to play along with the next would-be HRC second thoughts.

          Best way to clean out the stables is the original method, but barring Hercules coming around to take care of the job, this is a good second-best.

  • lukelea

    Isn’t immigration enforcement under the Dept. of Homeland Security? Who will get that post?

    • Andrew Allison

      Yes. And somebody who takes the law seriously seems likely.

      • Kneave Riggall

        Sheriff DAVE?

        • Kevin

          Joe Arpiao is available….

          • Kneave Riggall

            Sheriff Joe lost his election and is wanted, on federal charges, for blasphemy against the ONE.

            An excellent choice.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Enforcement as in the border patrol arresting them. Prosecution, on the other hand….

    • f1b0nacc1

      I suspect that Sessions will be doing more to stop the cancer of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ more than anything else. Keep in mind, this is a hill the the Dems do NOT want to die on, though I suspect that they will be stupid enough to do so.

  • Disappeared4x

    Please end the DoJ war on pronouns and bathroom choice.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Alabama says it all.

    • JR

      It is one of the 50 States. What about it? Is enforcing existing laws somehow a regional thing now?

      • Disappeared4x

        Seems today’s DNC talking points are to repeat all the stereotypes that cost them the election, whilst their states discriminate against anyone whose brain has not been eaten by zombies.

        Perhaps the DNC should nominate Al Sharpton as their next chair – eliminate the middle-manzombie.

        • JR

          Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a blunder. I bet the Left honestly believes that they are in the middle and Republicans are on the far right. That belief has led to their electoral obliteration. I say, let them at it! This Libertarian hopes that they nominate Keith “Nation of Islam” Ellison. Go full retard you guys!!

      • FriendlyGoat

        There are literally thousands of people qualified and suitable to be attorney general. Selecting a senator from one of the American states with the least demonstrated record of interest in human rights is a signal I can read even if you can’t or won’t.

        • JR

          And what is your assessment of Keith Ellison, the incoming head of the DNC? Let me guess. You won’t answer this question. Obama selected a guy who called white people “cowards”. Did you hear that signal?
          Trump promised to be tough on immigration. Sessions is one of the biggest immigration hawks in the Senate. Makes logical sense to me. As for whatever dog whistles you are hearing, my guess is racism is the answer in there somewhere. Because when you don’t get your way its racism.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Alabama strikes me as a backward place on women’s rights, worker’s rights, education, and health care in addition to voting rights related to racial matters.

            As for Ellison, if I have to “give Trump a chance” (and I do), then I will apply the same to the far less significant role of DNC chair. The future of left-side politics is not the Dem party per se, it is the extent to which Republicans screw over the very people who voted for them. I see that as being “big league” and immediate.

          • JR

            I’m adapting a wait and see outlook. We obviously expect vastly different outcomes. But until those outcomes start manifesting themselves with both Keith “Nation of Islam” Ellison and Trump. So far his appointments suggest he will keep his promises. To me that’s a good start. We’ll know a lot more in a year.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Indeed.

          • Disappeared4x

            https://www.freedominthe50states.org/ New York is ranked #50 Least Free State in America; California ranks #49, Illinois at #44; Alabama at #23; Indiana is #3, Oklahoma is #2, and New Hampshire is #1

            New York is always rated as the most dysfunctional state government in America, though hard to beat Illinois’ record for ex-governors in prison.

            “National Journal presents the six most dysfunctional state governments. Ratings are based on the quality of leadership, criminality in the state’s political leadership, the severity of the state’s policy challenges, and the media circus surrounding the state’s government.

            #6 – California
            #5 – South Carolina
            #4 – Alaska
            #3 – Illinois
            #2 – Nevada
            #1 – New York”
            http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-controversies/705258-national-journal-six-most-dysfunctional-state.html

          • FriendlyGoat

            Hey, JR. Here are a couple of articles I hope you’ll take time to look at related to the financial industry. These present predicaments are the foundation of why I ceased to believe that high-end tax cuts for investors, traders and CEO’s actually create jobs and instead adopted the view that they work in reverse long term. Hope you will see them with an open mind.
            https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/activist-investors/506330/

            https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/trump-antitrust-barry-lynn/507917/

      • Fred

        Haven’t you learned how it works yet JR? If you say something someone in an official victim group might find a way to take offense at, you are a bigot, a hater, a whateverphobe beyond the pale of public discourse. If you make statements as outright bigoted as FG’s here about the citizens of an entire state, as long as it’s a red state, you are a tolerant, morally and intellectually superior, enlightened human being. Get with the program.

        • JR

          Oh I get it. Believe me. I do wonder what does Illinois’s high crime, low credit rating, low on worker’s right say about Obama? Or am I being racist?

  • Kevin

    Sessions was Trump’s earliest supporter in the Senate. Given that Trump is said to value loyalty, this, as much as views on immigration, could be behind his nomination. It was said Sessions had his pick of cabinet posts as a reward.

    • JR

      I wouldn’t mind Sessions running immigration laws for a while. We’ve been too lax for too long. A course correction was needed.

  • Anthony

    10 Things to Know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trumps Pick for Attorney General (washingtonpost.com – Amber Phillips).

  • Nick

    Sessions wrote Trump’s immigration policy.

    https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/Immigration-Reform-Trump.pdf

    I expect that it will be followed to the letter…

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