Trump Warns Congress On DACA

The Hill reports:

President Trump told Congress to “get ready to do your job” on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a tweet on Tuesday just before an expected announcement that he is eliminating DACA.

The Justice Department said late Monday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make an announcement on Tuesday about the Obama-era program, which temporarily prevented the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and pursued work permits.

  • Tawreos

    If he wants the program to remain in place then just leave it the hell alone, stop grandstanding and scaring people. Just once it would be nice if it didn’t have to all be about him.

    • Tatonka

      My daughter’s boyfriend is a DACA kid. I don’t even know how to talk to her about this.

      • Tawreos

        It makes it tough when the guy making the decisions is erratic as all hell and probably isn’t sure of which way he will go on this.

      • ChrisMorley

        Ask her how she feels and what she thinks.
        Let them know you care.
        You have some useful insights and experience from dealing with historic unjust state discrimination and denial of LGBT rights.
        Tell her this kind of political threat puts enormous stress on any relationship. Her boyfriend is likely to become scared, angry and frustrated and may act up around her. They need to keep talking about this.

        • Tatonka

          Thanks, sincerely. That’s great advice, and just what I needed to hear today.

    • clay

      If he wants the Korean peninsula to remain in place then just leave it the hell alone, stop grandstanding and scaring people. Just once it would be nice if it didn’t have to all be about him.

  • Tatonka

    This is a rare moment in which I agree with Trump, assuming the job he’s referring to is impeachment.

    • John30013

      Actually, although this is yet another sop to his deplorable base, taking Obama’s DACA executive order off the table forces the Congress to deal with the immigration issue (or at least this part of it). DACA is widely popular in the country and in Congress. As long as DACA was out there, they could continue to kick the can down the road, all while railing against Obama’s “unconstitutional ” executive order. Now that Trump has removed their whipping post, they’ll have to do something legislatively to protect the Dreamers. That will be a permanent solution that no future president can take away.

      I’ll grudgingly give Trump a modicum of credit here for threading the needle in a way that placates his base but gives Congress time to fix the underlying problem.

      • David L. Caster

        Same here.

  • Reality.Bites

    Congress, get ready to do your dob – ITMFA!

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Governing using the controversial management motivational fable “Who Moved My Cheese?”

    What Trump consistently fails to understand is congress doesn’t work for him; they work for their districts, and doing nothing at all may in fact be the safest choice for them.

    • Rambie

      Not enough pictures in that book for Trump to understand it.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Wisconsin to Houston, 17,000 pounds I believe.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    “Report: Trump Asked Aides for a ‘Way Out’ on DACA”

  • geoffalnutt

    Trump has NOT learned that threats and warnings do not motivate people to do his bidding.

    • Rambie

      It’s how he’s ran his companies for decades, no wonder he’s filled so many bankruptcies.

    • Todd20036

      Actually, they do. When he’s a realty show star, slum lord, or corrupt business mogul.

      Less so when he’s a president and his “minions” (GOP Congress) realize that they are going to get unelected in 2018

      • marshlc

        Nah, they don’t. They motivate people to look busy when the boss is around, and to learn how to pass the buck so somebody else always gets blamed.

    • Bj Lincoln

      He still thinks he is a King.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    There are 800,000 dreamers. Let’s conservatively say that their economic impact is $20K per person (the food and clothes they buy, rent, cars, utilities, etc.) that equals $16 trillion dollars that will be removed from the economy.

    Then let’s look at the costs for the police to round them up, incarceration costs, the years (decades?) of court cases, then deportation costs.

    Oh, and then lets look at the costs to businesses who, with a shrinking labor pool, will have to pay higher wages.

    The party of fiscal responsibility (ha) can’t even do basic math.

    • Crazy Russian

      $16 billion, not trillion (gigabucks vs terabucks). But good point nevertheless.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Yup, you and DesertSun are of course correct, nice to know some of my posts are actually read. Rich irony that I slam the right for not doing basic math, huh?

        And 16 billion would only be my crude ballpark of the economic loss. One year of incarceration is OVER $20K a year, plus law enforcement to locate and arrest the dreamers, plus court courts, plus deportation cost, etc. etc.

        “The fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2015 was $31,977.65 ($87.61 per day).”

        • David L. Caster

          You can take consolation in the fact that the number you chose (20,000) as an economic baseline was low if one considers the larger picture.

          A per capita GDP of $57,436 is probably a better number to use. 800,000 X that is $45,948,800,000.

          Most of these “Dreamers” are young. Their potential contribution over the next 20 years would approach a trillion at $918,976,000,000.

          So even if your initial arithmetic was incorrect, your point was still good.

    • Gustav2

      And lower taxes on the rich gives the government more revenue!

      • Myles


    • clay

      BTW, DACA dreamers pay all taxes (and get no benefits). They also have a higher school enrollment and success rate than their white, native-born, peers.

      • Gustav2

        “That’s because they are taking up space in high schools, pushing out Real Americans™!”

        • Myles

          What are “Real Americans” and why would they deserve special rights?

          • Gustav2

            That is what the 2016 election was all about: Trump voters are deserving of special rights. Haven’t you heard?

          • FAEN

            As I said to someone I’m not related to anymore-an immigrant that has a Bachelors or Masters degree isn’t stealing your job at Walmart stocking shelves. That’s just fact.

          • ColdCountry


          • Bj Lincoln

            LOVE it!

          • Crazy Russian

            You know, as opposed to imaginary Americans. Or complex Americans.

            I’ll be here all week.

    • DesertSun59

      Um, no. $16 BILLION. You’re an order of magnitude off.

      • David L. Caster

        Try two orders of magnitude but see my remark elsewhere on this sub–thread.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So he is signaling the GOP to kill it the same way they did with ACA? Pretending to give an order and when it does not pass and blame them for incompetence?

    • Reality.Bites

      No, DACA was an Obama executive order. He’s signalling them to replace it with something he can sell to the rabid racists.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    In other words, “Save me from the consequences of my own actions!!!”

    • Gustav2

      Gee, and just one or two of those fine Christianists in his Circle of Anointers has spoken out for DACA.

    • clay

      But he doesn’t want to be saved from the consequences of his own actions. He wants to get rid of DACA and he wants an inactive Legislature.

      • Yixing’s Fluffer

        He wants to have someone to blame for DACA dying, and it fits with his intent to run against a do-nothing, “establishment” Congress.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    “This Dreamer Died Saving Harvey Flood Victims. His Body Was Found The Day Reports Surfaced Trump Will Kill DACA”

  • Blah. Here, something nice for this morning:

    • Robincho

      Dans mes rêves…

    • Todd20036

      Thank you. We deserve the ridicule.

    • DaddyRay
      • Gerry Fisher

        Yep. 🙁

        • Sandrachedrick

          my friend’s sister in law gets $71 each hour from home… she has been unemployed for 12 months and last month her pay check was $14559 working on the laptop for 4 hours every day, ➤ go➤ here

    • Treant

      And some of mine will help. Don’t knock it, we can hand out drinks and distribute the lighter tools. 🙂

      • OdieDenCO

        have hammer, will travel

      • RJ Bone

        My youngest is calling out Texas assholes in class while the teacher is ignoring open bigotry.

        I’m very proud of him 🙂

        • RJ Bone

          Though honestly Texas assholes is redundant, sometimes 😛

          I hope there really are a lot of the younger generations like this. Maybe they’ll be better than us.

    • TuuxKabin
      • David Walker

        That’s all well and good, but Trini lacks the urgency and conviction of, say, Debbie Reynolds.

        • TuuxKabin

          Take your pick.

        • jmax

          My, that was odd.

          • David Walker


        • John30013

          Parodies are fine, though Debbie Reynolds singing this song is just too incongruent for my mind to handle.

          Anyway, let’s hear the incomparable Mary Travers (with Peter & Paul) doing it right:

          • David Walker

            The scary thing is that neither of those were parodies…but thanks for calming my brain waves with this.

          • John30013

            Maybe not intentionally….

        • Randy Left Brooklyn

          That was just great. Debbie Reynolds surely had the pipes. I especially enjoyed When Debbie danced like Amber von Tussle in the original movie version of Hairspray.

          BTW, what show is that from? Some Debbie Reynolds TV special,or was she guesting on someone else’s show? I would love to see the complete show.

          • David Walker

            I don’t know, but I have the feeling that it’s from a series. I have nothing to base that on, except that the dancers look like they’ve done these moves before (Choreographer: “So, we’ll do #4, fill with #8, and then when she hits the chorus, go full #6.”) and the set is not “Special.” But I really don’t know.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            Thanks David! I appreciate the info

    • FAEN
    • Pilot Nozzle

      That is a wonderful sight. It gives me hope.

  • ChrisInKansas


  • bambinoitaliano
  • OdieDenCO

    ITMFA. Congress do your jobs!

  • Leo

    It’s much easier to blame Latino’s for automation than investing in job training. It’s much easier to throw kids that have to keep no criminal record and keep certain job requirements under the bus than actually investing in a more efficient citizenship process, wiping your hands of any culpability in the process.

    Rust Belt bubbas won’t pick your apples for pennies. Agriculture would collapse overnight if their parents were gone, nevermind the kids themselves.

    Hardliners will win this battle in this Congress but the war long term will be something fierce.

    • clay

      It was easier for Dylan Roof, a ninth grade drop-out, to blame retired African-Americans, most of whom had earned college degrees, for his lack of employment/employ-ability. It’s easier for the Heritage Foundation to recycle white supremacist bullshit about Hispanics, than to do honest analysis. It’s easier for GOP legislators to attack people who can’t vote against them.

    • Karl Dubhe

      The notion that education equals success is the poison pill for public education.

      Education doesn’t always get you a better job, I know. 🙁

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Jay Silversmith

    The irony of hair furor telling congress to “get ready to do their job” completely escapes him as he makes plans for golfing and grifting.

    • Tawreos

      He never plans for grifting, that shit is in his DNA.

  • Gustav2

    Hey Pres Trump, Congress doesn’t work for you, this is not your branding business.

  • TexasBoy

    Hey Congress, do your job. Tell Trump “You’re Fired!”

  • Jonathan Smith
    • clay

      Wow, that Vatican Ambassadorship is really wearing on Calista.

      • Jonathan Smith

        not enough plastic……..
        (got the bloodshot/red eyes right though…)

      • Paul

        When is her confirmation by the senate supposed to happen?

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          There’s a problem. The Trump White House forgot to run the nomination by His Holiness the Pope first. That’s why it’s stalled – because the Vatican is not amused. Sorry.

  • RJ Bone

    Needs more DAKKA!

    At Drumpf, that is.

  • margaretpoa

    Do your job, Congress! Impeach the orange bastard

  • Jonathan Smith

    they ARE getting ready to do their jobs, reinstate DACA (assuming it survives the multiple lawsuits) and override your orange shitgibbon ass………

  • Cuberly

    Do their job? Ya mean like attach a bunch of viciously punitive penalties to the existing program? Make DACA practically unworkable?

    We’re talking GOP here. It’s what they do.

  • Congress hasn’t done its job for the last seven years. Why would anyone expect it to start now?

    • Try thinking about through the view of someone with dementia who still thinks he’s one of the world’s great negotiators.

  • Yes, Congress. Do your job. ITMFA!

  • TuuxKabin


  • itsnwman

    Well, in all fairness to congress, congress hasn’t done its job for 8+ years. There is no reason to think they will do anything about this.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      The DREAM Act was defeated in the Senate by a filibuster in December 2010.

  • ArchiLaw

    Trump once again displays his cowrdice.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I don’t think this will happen but imagine the suffering caused by the uncertainty of not knowing.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Well I was wrong. This is the second time this has happened.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Congress is up Drumpf’s ass so they will drop the program and force AMERICAN kids from their home. This is nothing but a cruel and evil move to erase Obama. It doesn’t matter who or what removing Obama’s plans hurt.

    • David L. Caster

      Trump doesn’t realize that he is stepping into a trap by attempting to dismantle the Obama legacy. He and the GOP are hurtling towards a bottomless pit.

  • abqdan

    If it wasn’t for the tragic consequences on 800,000 young lives, this would be amusing. Having threatened to blow up the government by not signing off on the debt ceiling unless his wall is paid for, now he lobs a grenade into his own party by telling them to do something that has escaped them for over a decade – agree on action to reform immigration. The GOP really wants Hispanic voters – they can read the demographics as well as anyone else – in the future, they will never hold power without some support from the Hispanic community. So they are going to want to ‘fix’ the DACA mess somehow. But Trump’s base will be furious with him if he doesn’t continue his cruel path of deporting these young people – so crafting legislation Trump’s base can live with, and that keeps at least some Hispanic voters on-side, is going to be tortuous. In the end, the GOP will need Democratic support to do it – and the Hispanic community will notice. Great idea Trump – a six month period that will disrupt your own agenda, ensuring your party has no accomplishments ahead of the 2018 election!

  • FAEN

    If Boehner had simply put the Senate bill of 2013 up for a vote this important issue would be dealt with.

    Fuck you Boehner and fuck you ‘Freedom Caucus’.

  • Barry William Teske

    Like I keep saying…
    Something very wrong.

  • Richard, another Canuck

    DACA = Dump all current administration

    • JCF

      Drumpf Actual Criminal: ARREST!

  • Obama issued an executive order because Congress would not act to do anything a black president might want. Trump is telling Congress that Congress *must* act or take responsibility for Dreamers being deported. Giving Congress 6 months to act is actually relatively reasonable – there is no reason for the racists in Cnrgess to refuse to act on this now that Obama is no longer president.

    Ryan seems to be ready. Is McConnell? And will they both jettison their ultra-right-wing TEA idiots to work across the aisle with Democrats? Either on comprehensive immigration reform OR on a DACA-only bill?

  • marshlc

    As if Congress were his employees, there only to carry out his orders.

    The man must be a nightmare to work for. Always barking out contradictory orders, always ready to throw someone else under the bus. I’ve had bosses like this, and all I can say is that the levels of workplace theft, and just plain fucking the dog rather than working, must be astronomical at Trump Industries. Asshole bosses do NOT, in fact, inspire their workers to work harder and smarter, they just inspire them to not give a shit, and screw the company whenever possible.

    Have none of Trump’s supporters ever had a shitty job? Don’t they recognize this asshole?

    • David L. Caster

      His ardent supporters are the suck–ups to such “bosses” in your analogy.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      And I have yet to hear of anyone who has previously worked for Donald Trump, or otherwise done business with him in the past, who would engage with him again in the future. Seriously.

      • marshlc

        Yeah, and that is so telling. And the fact that there is really no one he trusts or depends on except his own family. You only get that way by screwing everyone you come in contact with.

  • JWC

    If if say “Obama” its got to go

  • Halou

    Trump’s DACA. Done Another Craven Act.
    Why can’t he just issue an executive order on this like he did his Muslim ban, his other Muslim ban or his wall or his one-percenter tax cuts? Instead of passing the buck, and the inevitable fallout, onto the Attorney general he wants to have fired because of his failure to scuttle the Russia investigation…
    Oh, that’s right. I answered my own question.

  • FelineMama

    Hey Adolph, in your next tweet, tell us how it feels to be one soulless, miserable,heartless son of a bitch. We’d like to know HOW you do it. I never thought for a moment we could be stuck with such a monster for POTUS

  • Moebym of the Returners

    If they actually do their jobs, they’d protect DACA recipients and give you a collective middle finger.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      And I certainly hope that Congress in fact does its job.
      If something supported by Senator Schumer (D) and Rep. Ryan (R) cannot become law, well, I fear for America.

  • trouble94114

    That tweet is hysterical… Imagine someone who barely knows how to read and write, and is challenged attempting to do anything, insisting that someone else “to do your job.”

    Considering that he has no clue about how Congress actually works, it’s pretty clear that he has no clue as to what their job actually is.

  • infmom

    You go first, Donnie.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Wow. I can’t believe this.

    I actually agree with Donald Trump that it’s time for Congress to do its job and pass the DREAM Act, defeated by a Senate filibuster in December 2010.

    The DREAMers’ future should not be subject to arbitrariness in the Executive Branch. And anyone who cares about the DREAMers should be contacting Senators and Members of Congress to let them know.