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Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

 

The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles Oct. 8, which could threaten to derail a deal in Congress to protect “dreamers” from deportation. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles late Sunday that threaten to derail a deal in Congress to allow hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants to remain in the country legally.

The administration’s wish list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” according to a document distributed to Congress and obtained by The Washington Post.

The demands were quickly denounced by Democratic leaders in Congress who had hoped to forge a deal with President Trump to protect younger immigrants, known as “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Trump announced plans last month to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that had provided two-year work permits to the dreamers that Trump called “unconstitutional.”

About 690,000 immigrants are enrolled in DACA, but their work permits are set to begin expiring in March. Trump had met last month with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and agreed to try to strike a deal, worrying immigration hawks who feared that Trump would support a bill that would allow dreamers to gain full legal status without asking for significant border security measures in return.

The list released by the administration, however, would represent a major tightening of immigration laws. Cuts to legal immigration also are included. And, while Democrats have called for a path to citizenship for all dreamers, a group estimated at more than 1.5 million, a White House aide said Sunday night the administration is “not interested in granting a path to citizenship” in a deal to preserve the DACA program.


President Trump prepares to leave for Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement Sunday evening. “We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures … but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.”

In a conference call with reporters, White House aides described the proposals as necessary to protect public safety and jobs for American-born workers, which was a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign. The president has moved to tighten border security through executive orders, including curbs on immigration and refugees from some majority-Muslim nations and an increase in deportations.

The number of immigrants who have attempted to enter the country illegally across the Mexican border has decreased sharply since Trump took office.

Democrats had hoped that Trump, who had equivocated over the DACA program before deciding to terminate it in the face of a legal challenge from Texas, would be open to crafting a narrow legislative deal to protect the dreamers. But White House aides emphasized that they expect Congress to include the principles released Sunday in any package deal, a nonstarter for Democrats and some moderate Republicans.

The status of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants are up in the air with the Trump administration’s decision to phase-out DACA and pursue immigration legislation instead. Here’s a look at the “dreamers” who will be affected. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

“These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients,” Trump wrote in a letter to Congress. “Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end.”

Immigration hard-liners expressed support for the administration’s immigration proposals. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised the administration for “a serious proposal” and said that “we cannot fix the DACA problem without fixing all of the issues that led to the underlying problem of illegal immigration in the first place.”

Trump had said several times over the past month that he did not expect a DACA deal to include funding for a border wall, emphasizing that the money could be included in separate legislation. But ensuring funding for the wall, which is projected to cost more than $25 billion, is the top priority on the list. White House aides declined to specify during the call how much money the president would expect from Congress.

Despite the White House’s calls for the complete construction of a southern border wall and the support of some ardent conservatives in Congress, several GOP lawmakers from border states have expressed skepticism about such projects in the past. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the second-ranking Republican, has introduced legislation that would fund only partial wall construction and mostly renovations of existing barriers.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a frequent sparring partner of Trump’s, has also cast doubt on building a wall, saying that such barriers would require accounting for the flow of rivers that run north and south across the two countries.

Others, including Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), whose south Texas district includes more than 800 miles of border, has proposed using technology — not brick and mortar — to track the border for potentially illegal crossings.

In its principles, the Trump administration also is proposing changes aimed at reducing the flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America, tens of thousands of whom have entered the United States illegally in recent years. Immigrant rights groups have said the minors, as well as women and families, have fled gang violence and other dangers in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Under current law, minors who arrive from noncontiguous nations are afforded greater protections than those from Mexico and Canada, but the Trump administration is proposing to treat them all the same in a bid to be able to deport the minors more quickly. Such proposals will probably face fierce resistance from Democrats and human rights groups.

The administration also has sought to increase pressure on sanctuary cities, which refuse, in some cases, to cooperate with federal immigration agents seeking personal information about undocumented immigrants who’ve committed other crimes in their jurisdictions. Under the immigration priorities released Sunday, the administration is proposing that Congress withhold federal grants to such jurisdictions and that it clarify the authority of state and local jurisdictions to honor detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“There is no justification for releasing a public safety threat back into the public,” said Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE. “We will not stop illegal immigration unless we stop the pull factors that are driving it. … Entering this country illegally is a crime but there are no consequences for sneaking past the border or overstaying visas.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said that “Congress should reject this warped, anti-immigrant policy wish list. The White House wants to use dreamers as bargaining chips to achieve the administration’s deportation and detention goals.”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a longtime advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, in an interview called Trump’s proposals “an extension of the white supremacist agenda.” He said it is “fanciful thinking that you can sit down with a man who has based his presidential aspirations and has never wavered from his xenophobic positions. I never understood — I just never got it, how you go from Charlottesville and white supremacists to reaching an agreement with him.”

Gutierrez renewed calls for Democrats to withhold support for an upcoming bill that would raise the debt limit or extend government spending, saying that “if you want a budget with Democratic votes, then it’s got to have some Democratic priorities.”

Trump aides said the administration’s priorities are imperative because legalizing the dreamers without fixing other parts of the immigration system would allow the problem to continue. The last major legislative overhaul to the nation’s immigration laws came in 1986 and included a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, but more than 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the country now.

The White House’s list of immigration principles will move the debate over the fate of the dreamers toward the prospect of broader comprehensive reform. Efforts to forge a comprehensive bill failed under the past two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

During his campaign, Trump had threatened to end DACA on his first day in office, but he equivocated for months, suggesting that the decision over the fate of the dreamers was among the most difficult he faced. After Texas and several other states announced plans to sue the administration over the program, Trump moved to end it but said he would hold off the most drastic measures for six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution.

“We would expect Congress to include all the reforms in any package that addresses the status of the DACA recipients,” said one White House aide on the conference call who was not authorized to speak on the record. “Other views had their fair day in the democratic process.”

Noting that the Republicans swept the White House and both chambers of Congress in November, the aide added: “The American public voted for the reforms included in this package.

In a list of “principles” laid out in documents released by the White House, the Trump administration also pressed for a crackdown on unaccompanied minors who enter the United States, many of them from Central America.

The plan, which was delivered to leaders in Congress on Sunday night, drew a swift rebuke from Democrats, who are seeking a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended last month.

“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans,” said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

“The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the president was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so,” they said in a statement.

The Trump administration wants the wish list to guide immigration reform in Congress and accompany a bill to replace DACA, the Obama-era program that protected nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” from deportation and allowed them to secure work permits.

If enacted, the White House priorities could result in the deportation of Dreamers’ parents.

“These priorities are essential to mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grant of status to DACA recipients,” Trump’s legislative affairs director, Marc Short, told reporters on a conference call. The White House made clear it would not be pushing for Dreamers to achieve U.S. citizenship, only legal status, in a potential deal.

Trump told Congress it had six months to come up with legislation to help Dreamers, who are a fraction of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom are Hispanic.

The documents call for tighter standards for those seeking U.S. asylum, denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities” that serve as refuges for illegal immigrants, and a requirement that employers use an electronic verification system known as “E-Verify” to keep illegal immigrants from securing jobs.

HARD LINE

Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to toughen immigration policies and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. He vowed repeatedly that Mexico would pay for the wall, but began prodding Congress earlier this year to approve funding. Mexico has said it will not pay for the wall.

Trump’s suggestion after a meeting with Schumer and Pelosi that wall funding would not have to be part of a DACA fix alarmed some of his supporters.

The White House sees the wall as a priority but has indicated that it could be established as part of a DACA bill or through other legislative avenues. Administration officials said that legislation that did not include all of the priorities on the list would not necessarily trigger a presidential veto.

Republicans in Congress have introduced several bills that include aspects of Trump’s ideas, but many Democrats and immigration groups see the proposals as too harsh.

“The Trump administration has put forth a serious proposal to address the enforcement of our immigration laws and border security,“ said Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a statement. ”We cannot fix the DACA problem without fixing all of the issues that led to the underlying problem of illegal immigration in the first place.”

The White House’s wish list targets the flow of unaccompanied minors into the United States. It would require such children to be treated the same, regardless of their countries of origin “so long as they are not victims of human trafficking and can be safely returned home or removed to safe third countries,” the White House documents said.

It would expand the list of “inadmissible aliens” to include members of gangs, those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony, and former spouses and children of drug and human traffickers if they receive benefits from such behavior.

The plan also seeks to reduce the number of people who overstay their visas and reform how green cards that establish legal permanent residents are granted.

Trump’s White House has so far not been able to achieve a major legislative victory, casting doubt on the potential for a breakthrough on immigration reform, which Republican and Democratic presidents have tried before without success.

Since Trump took office in January, his fellow Republicans have failed to repeal and replace former Democratic President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and a White House plan for tax reform needs more support.

 

NFL Swirling Down the Death Spiral of Popularity…FAST

Who could have dreamed it? The National Football League, which depends on the love and support of millions of American patriots and conservatives for its ongoing popularity, is now facing a slump of historic proportions thanks to its untimely, ill-advised stance against the national anthem.

You would have thought that someone in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office would have told him, “You know, boss, maybe we’re playing with fire here? NFL fans aren’t, by and large, known for their liberal activism.” You’d think that, but if anyone had that kind of advice for him or anyone else in the NFL’s front office, they were ignored. Instead, players have been allowed, week after week, to stage their little protests against the anthem and the flag. These protests haven’t had the slightest effect on the “problem” of police shooting black suspects, but they’ve had a terrible effect on the NFL’s bottom line.

As first reported by the Washington Examiner, a new poll shows that the NFL’s popularity has taken an enormous dive in recent weeks. The poll, taken by the Washington-based Winston Group, shows that the NFL now has the highest unfavorability ratings of any major sport in America. 40% of Americans now have an unfavorable view of the league, officially making it the least-liked major sports organization in the country. Meanwhile, the favorability ratings have also tumbled. At the end of August, 57% of the country had a favorable view of the NFL. By the end of September and the league’s silly little feud with President Donald Trump, only 44% said they had a favorable view of the institution.

“More critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences,” reported the Winston Group. “Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.”

Ticket sales are down, TV ratings are sinking like a stone, and the NFL has shown no signs of stepping in to even encourage players to make their voices heard in a more constructive manner. There appears to be nothing but contempt for the viewing audience, in fact, and the league may have already missed any chance it might have had at winning back disgruntled fans. In fact, with every passing week, the anger among patriotic Americans is only growing.

 

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Trump Makes The NFL Bow To The Flag & Anthem

Would ANY other candidate for President have been able to take the NFL protest and turn it around to this?

In case this wasn’t clear to anyone out there, Trump was not elected — first and foremost — because of his policies.

He was elected as an antidote to the culture war that had been waged with impunity in the eight years before him.

We on the right got tired of having the institutions we love trashed, defamed, or ‘fundamentally transformed’ and watching the Republicans we elected to stop them get sand kicked in their faces. We got tired of half-measures and strategic withdrawals. We got tired of hearing ‘the better part of valor. Or ‘next time’. Or ‘the long game’

The math really isn’t that hard: when you surrender, you lose. 100% the time.

We wanted someone who wouldn’t back down from these fights. Because if we actually FIGHT them, we can win!

And guess what! Trump just scored a big win on the culture front!

Trump has stepped up to be the voice for our views. The one you don’t hear in the beltway. The one you don’t hear from all those leftist groups that absolutely despise the very idea E. Pluribus Unum. The ones that deliberately ‘divide and conquer’ us for their own political agendas.

This time, the Media didn’t have the loudest voice.

We did.

And the only way that could happen? Is because we have a bold, brash, President who picks fights for things he thinks are important. In this case, the Flag and the Anthem — some of the very few things that still keep us unified after generations of deliberately splintering America into competing interest groups.

 In case the text isn’t quite legible in that image, here is the NFL’s response:

Date: October 10, 2017

Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem

We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports and especially the NFL brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.

Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.

Rivera Refutes ‘Fake News’ Stories About Trump Admin’s Response To Puerto Rico

“Whatever you read in the so-called fake news … I think the president and the first lady were …”

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, who has been on the ground in Puerto Rico for over a week, refuted media reports that the Trump administration has failed to adequately respond on the island following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Whatever you read in the so-called fake news … I think the president and the first lady were amazingly gracious and graciously receiving by the grateful Puerto Rican people,” Rivera said on Fox News on Wednesday.

The correspondent then aired his interview with President Donald Trump from Puerto Rico from the day before.

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“They’re special people,” Trump said. “I love the Puerto Rican people.”

Trump admitted it was a “very tough” situation, but the federal response was strong.

“I say we got an A+ in Texas, we got an A+ in Florida, and we may have done our best work here, but it hasn’t been appreciated,” he added, likely referring to members of the media and probably San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz both of whom he had tweeted about over the weekend.

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Rivera picked up on the reference, noting that Cruz, who is a likely Democrat candidate for governor in 2020, noticeably did not applaud when Trump came to the island to meet with local officials.

“How do you feel? You’ve been blamed for everything from kids dying to a cholera epidemic that didn’t exist?” Rivera asked the president.

“She was very, very nice at the beginning,” Trump replied, “and all of the sudden I noticed she went a little bit on the nasty side, and I said, ‘I guess she’s running for office.’ And it turns out I was right. Isn’t that a shock?”

Many media outlets seized on Cruz’s claim on CNN late last week that Puerto Rico is a “people are dying” story.

Rivera confronted Cruz on Sunday, asking, “Are people dying? I’ve been traveling around, and I don’t see people dying.”

“Dying is a continuum, right?” the mayor replied, explaining some people are not getting adequate amounts of food and clean water and medical care, and therefore are in the midst of dying.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrongly claimed via Twitter on Saturday that there had been a cholera outbreak on the island. Cholera is spread by bacteria in dirty water.

The tweet was shared over 14,000 times.

The Centers for Disease Control countered Krugman’s claim that same day, apparently prompting the columnist to partially walk back his assertion shortly thereafter.

Appearing on Hannity on Tuesday night, Rivera said the Trump administration is doing good work under difficult circumstances.

Regarding the 34 dead from the storm, Rivera said, “Blame Hurricane Maria for those deaths. Don’t blame President Trump.”

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Trump Officially Guts Obama’s Job-Killing Coal Regulations

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt made it official on Monday, announcing that the Trump administration was set to completely scrap President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations that was intended to cut down on emissions generated by coal-fired power plants. At an event in Hazard, Kentucky, Pruitt made the announcement that the administration would eliminate the program on Tuesday, bringing to an end a matter the Supreme Court put on hold nearly a year ago.

Several months ago, President Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to do a thorough, top-to-bottom review of the Clean Power Plan, demanding to know if the program was necessary to achieve U.S. policy goals regarding environmental protection. The answer, of course, is a resounding no. President Obama’s EPA devised the regulations as part of the administration’s efforts to play climate saviors, recklessly moving forward despite the obvious perils. Supporters praised Obama for taking proactive steps towards curbing emissions, but detractors said that the vague climate goals outlined by the EPA were not enough to excuse the federal overreach.

In a draft proposal leaked last week, the EPA said it had found that the CPP represented an expansion of regulatory power unauthorized by existing U.S. law.

“The EPA proposes to determine that the CPP is not within Congress’s grant of authority to the agency under the governing statute,” the agency wrote. “It is not in the interests of the EPA, or in accord with its mission of environmental protection consistent with the rule of law, to expend its resources along the path of implementing a rule, receiving and passing judgment on state plans, or promulgating federal plans in furtherance of a policy that is not within the bounds of our statutory authority.”

The CPP’s real-world effects were never tested because of a Supreme Court ruling that put the program on ice until several legal challenges could be heard by the courts. Those challenges may or may not be dropped at this point, but their conclusions will likely become moot seeing as how the administration has decided to revoke the rules.

Even without going into effect, however, Obama’s federal overreach had a detrimental impact on the economy. Utilities in several states had to cancel coal projects because they expected the regulations to be codified into law and coal-fired plants were forced to schedule full shut-downs in preparation for the rules. These plants determined it would not be possible to reduce emissions to fit within the boundaries of the regulations and remain fiscally viable.

How many jobs were lost? How much did energy prices go up in areas affected by just the THREAT of the Clean Power Plan? These questions will be answered soon, and they will form another piece of Obama’s sorry legacy.

The damage is done in some respects, but we salute the Trump administration for making sure that no further damage will be inflicted on America’s energy sector. This president can’t cure all of the ills of his predecessor, but he can damn well make sure that Obama’s eight-year reign of terror does not significantly outlive his tenure in office.

NFL Player Who Pretended To Pee On Trump – Leaves Game Cryin’ Like BABY

Odell Beckham Jr. pretended to pee like a dog during a game, but he must’ve forgotten what Karma’s called…

HINT: It’s also ‘dog-related’.

New York Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. decided to behave like a dog because of President Trump saying, ‘Get that Son of a b**ch off the field!’ in a speech in Alabama late last month with regard to the ‘Take A Knee’ clowns.

Beckham implied in a tweet that if he was called a ‘dog’, he’d act like one.

Watch:

 It turns out that it wasn’t such a good idea.

Beckham was fined by the league $12,154.

ClashDaily covered that here:

Odell Beckham Jr Just Received BAD NEWS From The NFL ‘Dog Peeing’ Touchdown Stunt

Poor Odell. It looks like it’s not just the diminishing fan-base and a teeny fine (ccomparedto his $10.4M contract) that’s hitting him.

Looks like ‘Karma’ is getting in on the act, too.

Here’s the latest thing he’s suffered:

Well, that certainly looks painful.

Beckham’s injury could negatively impact his contract renegotiation.

The Giants weren’t doing so well with Beckham anyway.

They lost that game 27-22 to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Giants are 0-5. To put that in perspective, the other two teams that are at 0-5 are the Browns and Kaepernick’s old team, the 49ers.

Fans and owners aren’t thrilled with allt the protests and ratings continue to plummet on NFL games.

With all that going on, will polarizing force Beckham even have a team to come back to once his injury heals?

Who knows.

Beckham should’ve been given some advice.

Now that he’s going to be off for a while, he should get a super-dose of some of that Grandpa wisdom while he recuperates:

Does your grandpa go off on paltry politicians, whether they be Democrats or Republicans? Does he get misty eyed when he talks about God and Country and America’s future? And have you ever heard him scream, ‘Awww … Hell no!’ when Rosie O’Donnell starts yapping on television? If you answered yes to one, or all of the above, then your gramps will love Doug Giles’ latest book, My Grandpa’s A Patriotic Badass.

Don’t be fooled by the title — this ain’t just for Grandpa.
The Snowflake Generation — and the rest of America — needs a good ol’ dose of ‘Grandpa wisdom’.
Especially if that Grandpa is Doug Giles.
You’ll love My Grandpa’s A Patriotic Badass just as much as Grandpa will.

You know what else you need?

A shirt that aptly describes the NFL — No Fans Left, or what the league should be named WTF.

Buy them now at Keep and Bear.

NFL’s TV ratings are plummeting as more players refuse to stand for the national anthem. It’s hard to believe that a nation that has given these players the opportunity to achieve so much is so easily disrespected. Even worse, consider the men and women who have laid down their lives so that these athletes could live in a relatively safe country and enjoy their fame and fortune.

Hard-working, patriotic Americans don’t want to watch a bunch of whiners play football. They want to watch winners.

And the best part? This shirt is made in the USA, printed in the USA, on an American-Made t-shirt press!

Finally! Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to his NFL players: Disrespect the flag and you’re benched!

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Joneshas been slapped awake by free-market forces.

Jones vowed he will bench any player who disrespects the American flag by not standing during the national anthem. He made the comments following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones told reporters (via NY Post). “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag.”

Jones, a friend of President Donald Trump, is the first NFL owner to take a public stand against players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

He continued: “We cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. … There is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we’re clear. Under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”

Two weeks ago, Jones enraged NFL fans by kneeling during the anthem with his team as thunderous boos rained down around them (see video below).

What finally made Jerry Jones decide to bench anti-American football players was probably fan reaction to the unpatriotic protests.

A new poll shows the NFL has plummeted from its position as America’s favorite sport to become its least favorite in the aftermath of the protests. New data also showed that viewership for NFL games has plunged as fans boycotted the league in droves.

Jones — a businessman whose net worth tops $5 billion — knows that in the end, consumers will dictate what football players do. After all, if fans stop buying tickets to games, who’s going to pay the spoiled players’ lavish salaries?

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick — a Black Lives Matter supporter who was lovingly raised by his two adoptive white parents —  hijacked NFL games when he refused to stand for the anthem. He claimed he did it to protest police brutality against black men.

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soldier with no legs stands for national anthem

A legless military veteran stands for the national anthem as spoiled NFL players protest. (Image: Twitter)

But Colin did nothing when blacks were killed by cops (both black and white) during Barack Obama‘s 8-year presidency.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick does not even bother to vote, and says nothing about the countless black-on-black murders that occur every day across the United States.

Every weekend, there are numerous shootings/murders in Chicago, the hometown of Obama — the nation’s first African-American president. Almost all are black-on-black crimes.

Why does Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter not protest these senseless murders? Do black lives (not) matter when other blacks take them?

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Trump Just ENDED It For Obama With A Single Swipe Of The Pen

It has almost been a year of President Trump sitting behind the Resolute Desk, and even though we have had some ups and downs, it has been glorious watching liberals lose their minds on a daily basis. President Trump has been determined not only to get America back on track but also to end policies that have been harmful to our economy. One of those policies that have been harmful to the country is exorbitant pensions given to former presidents. We have witnessed Barack and Michelle Obama traipsing around the world on the American taxpayer’s dime living a life of luxury. Well, that is about to come to an end and you can already hear the left screeching in horror.

Over the last year, the American people have watched the Obama’s travel the world in style all on our dime. The Obama’s have been photographed staying in ritzy resorts such as the Four Seasons Resort Bali in Indonesia that has a price tag of $2,500 per night, and, that is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, a new report has just been released by government watchdog group Judicial Watch that states the total cost of the Obamas’ vacations and travel stands at $105,662,975.27

Here is how it breaks down.

  • The Obama family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in August 2016 that cost taxpayers $2,684,271.36
  • Obama’s trip to LA in October 2016 for two campaign fundraisers and an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that cost taxpayers $195,855
  • Michelle Obama’s infamous trip to Morocco that cost taxpayers $244,218.01
  • How much the Secret Service spent during the Obamas’ final vacation in Hawaii, which cost taxpayers $1,862,230.74

That seems to be a little on the high end, don’t you think?

Apparently, Congressional Republicans feel the same way and have been working on a bill to cut back those presidential pensions. So, on Wednesday a bill was to the Senate by Joni Ernst that would scale back those hefty stipends to past presidents, and guess what? It passed.

Here is more from The Daily Caller:

A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to reduce the salary former presidents can make, years after former President Barack Obama vetoed similar legislation in 2015.

The update to the Former Presidents Act would reduce how much former presidents receive in pension from the taxpayers and reduce the total amount of money taxpayers contribute to former commanders in chief.

“Our national debt now exceeds $20 trillion; this bipartisan effort is another important step toward reigning in Washington’s out-of-control spending,” Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, sponsor of the Senate legislation, said in a statement.

“It is ridiculous to continue asking taxpayers to help foot the bill for former presidents’ perks at a time when they already rake in millions of dollars from book deals, speaking engagements, and more.”

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously approved the language of the bill, and it awaits a vote by the full Senate chamber. The House is set to consider a companion bill, proposed by Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice.

Former presidents receive a salary set at the highest level of federal pay that cabinet-level officials make during their service, currently about $207,000 annually. Ernst’s proposal would cap stipends at $200,000 per year, adjusted each year for cost of living increases.

The bill clearly states that it would not change the security a former president is entitled to.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the five living former presidents cost taxpayers $2.8 billion for salary, security, staff and other perks of office, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

Another provision of the bill would push former presidents who find an additional stream of income slowly off the taxpayer’s support. For every dollar a former president makes above $400,000 from speaking engagements or other post-presidential work, the annuity would be reduced by $1 in the Senate proposal. Obama made around $400,000 in one speech to a Wall Street private equity firm earlier this year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

A similar proposal passed the House and Senate in the last congressional session, but Obama vetoed similar legislation in 2016. Former White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the bill would remove staffers from their jobs assisting former presidents instantly, “leaving no time or mechanism for them to transition to another payroll.”

It is no wonder Barack Obama vetoed this bill last year at all. This man wanted to continue to live the life of a king all on our dime with no regard for how the rest of make ends meet. Barack Obama needs to get it through his head that he is no longer president and he is now a private citizen, and if he wants to stay in Park Avenue hotel in New York City then he should get a job to pay for it.

We do not have the money in the budget to pay for his or his families high-end taste anymore, and that goes for the rest of the former presidents too.

Welcome to the real world guys, isn’t it grand?

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