​SCOTUS' 24 Billion Dollar Immigration Call

It’s here! The Omnibus spending bill. And it’s got tons of cash for President Trump’s border wall! About a billion dollars! One. Billion. Dollars! Wow!

You want a measure on how powerful the Supreme Court of the United States can be? Let’s do a little addition, and subtraction, shall we?

A few important things happened last January as far as immigration policy goes:

Last September 5th, the Trump administration put a 6 month deadline on DACA, essentially using an executive order to rescind what had been created by an Obama administration executive order. That meant that Congress was now forced to come up with a new immigration bill before March 5th or suffer the consequences of being seen to fiddle on an issue that is a hot-button one to both the left and the right. By January of this year, Congress was trying and failing to come up with some sort of bill that could pass muster in both chambers.
President Trump then surprised people on both sides of the aisle with his immigration reform proposal that consisted of the now-famous four pillars: a path to citizenship for 1,8 million so-called Dreamers; $25 billion to secure the Southern border; prioritizing legal, merit-based immigration by getting rid of the diversity visa lottery; and eliminating family-based (or chain) migration which would also help move America towards a more merit-based system.
Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California then issued an order - as a result of a lawsuit filed by USC - directing the Trump administration to enable people under DACA to renew their work permits. This essentially made Trump's March 5th deadline for forcing Congress to come up with a bill reforming immigration a moot point.
As a result, the administration appealed directly to the Supreme Court, rather than allowing the 9th Circuit to rule on an appeal by the government. The Supreme Court said no to the administration's request, because of their concerns with due process. In other words, let the 9th rule on this case, appeal it to us, and we'll take it up in due time. That meant that the pressure on Congress to come up with a bill was gone. At least for the better part of 2018, and perhaps for at least a year, assuming the 9th Circuit will now take it's sweet time to duly deliberate on such a pressing matter and won't deliver a ruling until school's out for summer. That would mean that SCOTUS would take up the case next sitting which starts in October. and might not rule until sometime in 2019.

So, did you note the discrepancy in funding for border security? Before SCOTUS: $25 billion. After SCOTUS, $1 billion, for repairing some fencing and constructing 33 miles of new fences. With restrictions. Here's what The Hill says it includes:

More than $1 billion for border security and new surveillance technology -- funding demanded by Trump -- though with restrictions, demanded by the Democrats, that the money can't underwrite new construction of the border wall Trump promised during the campaign. It provides $641 million for 33 miles of new fences or levees and $630 million for repairs, technology enhancements and related efforts.
And yes, there's money for the tunnel between Jersey and NYC, around $ 540 million for the Gateway tunnel project that Trump has threatened to veto. You want a wall? We'll give you 33 miles of fencing and you give us a tunnel. As Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says:

It is troubling when we get a tunnel and we don't get a wall.

So that's one measure of how influential SCOTUS can be: 25 - 1 = $24 billion less as a result of their insistence on due process. Of course, the DACA story is not over. It will be resolved in the courts and/or by legislation, but Congress has been given a reprieve and the way they allocate money in this spending bill is a clear indication of how little they're thinking of any immigration reform bill right now.

Posted by Keeley at March 26, 2018 8:16 PM
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The bill provides $1.4 billion for border security. It specifically prohibits spending on concrete, 35 foot high barriers, or anything resembling Trump’s wall. He got rolled. So did his supporters. And no, Mexico will not pay for it. That was a lie. Of course, if the GOP holds the House in the midterms, no problem. Anyone think that is likely?

How about those tax cuts? $2.5 billion has gone to worker bonuses and raises. $88 billion has gone to stock buybacks, a record.

Posted by: phx8 at March 27, 2018 12:00 AM
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Perhaps Trump will spend the next six months picking the bill apart and exposing who got what. I hope he goes line by line through this bill and identifies who added what and who voted for this bill. Shine a big light on it all the way up to the election.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 27, 2018 12:46 AM
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Republicans have done nothing to address the skyrocketing health insurance premiums and disasters that the ACA forced upon us.
Republicans have done nothing to address the huge illegal alien problem.
Republicans have done nothing to address our spending problem.
Trump has folded on all three.

Our much needed tax break and bigger paychecks won’t be enough.
President Trump is one and done.

Posted by: kctim at March 27, 2018 10:04 AM
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The skyrocketing health insurance rates were forced on us long before the ACA. The repubs trying to sabotage the bill has only fed the beast of privatized health insurance.

The illegal alien problem benefits the backers of the repubs in Congress why would they do anything but pay lip service to the issue. Capitalism requires growth so what can they really do to expand the population if you won’t go and have a dozen kids or so.

Repubs have made the “spending” problem worse. Bloating the military budget when we have all these “militia” men and women armed to the teeth just waiting for the Chinese..or …anybody to attack. Trump has been busy running up debt massive debt to keep the rich will invest myth alive. They have allowed the non-producers such as banks and wall street to thrive.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 27, 2018 11:02 AM
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Rate increases were at least manageable before the ACA. Well, at least for those of us who accept personal responsibility for ourselves.
And of course you use Republican sabotage to excuse the failure of the ACA to address the drastic increases it created. ‘Not enough time’ and ‘didn’t go far enough’ are also common excuses.
Either way, Republicans and Trump have failed to address the problem and they both will pay at the polls.

Illegal aliens are a burden on our country, and businesses owned by dem or Republican, benefit from hiring them. It is an easy problem to solve: take any and all government benefits away from them; enhance border security; remove welfare as a way of life that too many Americans feel entitled to.
Republicans and Trump have failed to address the problem and they both will pay at the polls.

Republicans have ignored our spending problem and have only continued it with total disregard to their voters.
Republicans and Trump have failed to address the problem and they both will pay at the polls.

IF Republicans and Trump leave our Constitutionally right to keep and bear arms alone, it won’t be an issue for them to come election time.

Posted by: kctim at March 27, 2018 11:42 AM
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Trump has been utterly ineffectual.

The establishment GOP controls the House & Senate. They have made the exact same calculation they have made for decades: increase spending on, well, everything (except what Trump supporters want), and decrease taxes for rich donors and corporations. Hurray! Free money! Everyone (except Trump supporters) gets everything they want, and no one has to pay for it! It will pay for itself. Yeah, baby. It’s magic! Vote Republican!

It was not long ago the GOP passed massive tax cuts. Suddenly, they are incapable of controlling spending, unless ‘control’ means ‘running hog wild.’

So we are in for some eye popping annual federal deficits. A deficit of $1 trillion is a cinch.

Again, the calculation is that no one will notice until after the November midterms.

But people WILL notice what will happen to health care costs this fall. Trump bragged about how he “hollowed out” Obamacare by doing away with the ways it was paid for. Unfortunately, no one in the GOP came up with an alternative. The ACA restrained costs increases under Obama. That was good- or at any rate, a lot better than doing nothing- but the funding for the ACA has been gutted. Health care insurers will either walk away or jack prices up astronomically.

This is a disaster for the GOP that is just waiting to happen, and they seem to be oblivious.

Posted by: phx8 at March 27, 2018 12:05 PM
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As oblivious as the libs were throughout the reign of Obama. The same people who under Obama, defended, ignored and excused skyrocketing premiums, and were praising “Free money!” and out of control spending, are now the ones pretending to care.

Back and forth we go, just like clockwork.
Mirror image.

Posted by: kctim at March 27, 2018 12:31 PM
Comment #425808

Do a little research before making statements about health care cost increases. Seriously. There’s is no point in discussing this if you don’t know the first thing about what happened with health care costs before and since the ACA. Make things interesting for all of us. Learn something about the basic statistics. It is not hard. Do a search.

As for the economy and budget: When Obama entered office the annual federal deficit was $1.4 trillion. We were losing 600,000 jobs a month. The economy was in a steep decline. Housing prices crashed and so did the stock market. The financial sector cratered. It was the worst since the Great Depression. By some measures, such as foreclosures, the Great Recession was even worse than 1929.

There are good reasons and bad reasons for deficit spending. It stimulates the economy in the short term, but runs up debt in the long term. The Obama administration used debt to save the economy. It worked. But it was not free. The steps taken had little to do with Democratic and progressive goals, but it had to be done, it succeeded, and it cost a bomb.

The GOP has no excuses for running up debt. The economy is in good shape and needs no stimulus. The economy is gaining jobs, not losing them, and has been doing that for a long time. The stock market is doing well, at least until the recent volatility. Housing prices have recovered nicely. We should be raising taxes and cutting spending, or at the very least, keeping spending at the same level.

Why are we jacking up military spending?

Posted by: phx8 at March 27, 2018 12:56 PM
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They have allowed the non-producers such as banks and wall street to thrive. Posted by: j2t2 at March 27, 2018 11:02 AM

And we bail them out when they make very bad decisions. It’s the most expensive insurance policy of all, and they’re not even paying premiums.

Why are we jacking up military spending? Posted by: phx8 at March 27, 2018 12:56 PM

To pretend like we’re doing something about an enemy that we haven’t picked yet? They might have a dart board and a competition. People think Korea is likely, but Iran is more likely, because their enemies are more willing to pay the bribes the crooks require.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 27, 2018 3:05 PM
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BTW, Kim Jong Un is probably in China right now. There was a special train that arrived in Beijing.


Posted by: ohrealy at March 27, 2018 3:10 PM
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Wasn’t the ACA about nothing but funding?

I’m not ready to give up on Trump yet. There’s talk of the difference between a budget and an omnibus bill like they just passed. With an omnibus the funding isn’t mandated like it is in a budget. Trump may very well be able to use this huge bill to build the wall he wants after all.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 27, 2018 4:40 PM
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j2t2, capitalism doesn’t require growth, debt does.

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 27, 2018 4:41 PM
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I’ve done plenty of research on the costs and I have experienced costs before and after the ACA was passed. So, IF you wish to discuss what has actually happened with health costs and their political impact, instead of stroking to meaningless partisan statistics, let’s have a real discussion about it.

While it is amusing to watch you trying to deify a less than average President and how he supposedly saved us from Armageddon, we both know that you don’t care about deficit spending, running up the debt or whatever. Your support or non-support is based only on the party responsible.
Luckily for you, those who actually do care about such things won’t reward Republicans at the polls this year.

Why are we jacking up military spending? To be honest, I don’t like that either. If I had my way, we would drastically cut spending all across the board and give it back to American citizens who are over burdened with taxes.
From a military view though, I would say it is for a much needed moral boost and updating of a neglected force.

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