(TeaParty.org) – It appears the best way to get the Democrats to change their stance on something is for Trump to adopt the same views.
If he said the sky was blue, they’d start arguing that it was purple.
Dianne Feinstein, one of the most powerful members of the vehemently anti-Trump Senate Democrats, has been busted out for a letter she wrote to Obama in 2014 encouraging him to use all his presidential power to crack down on mass illegal immigration.
In a letter revealed this week by Daily Caller News Foundation, Feinstein urged him to use the “very broad power” granted him by Congress to limit immigration.
In her note to POTUS 44, Feinstein referenced Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the executive branch the authority to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
This statue would have given Obama a broad reach to create new regulation surrounding the entry and detention of migrants into the US, Feinstiein explained, including limiting deportation appeal rights and keeping minors in the custody of border officials rather than transferring them to the Department of Health and Human Services.
“It therefore appears that no legislation is necessary to give your administration the tools it needs to respond to this crisis, and that any needed temporary measures can be implemented through presidential action,” Feinstein concluded.
Fox News first reported on the letter Thursday, one day before Trump issued a new proclamation declaring the majority of migrants caught crossing the border illegally would lose their eligibility for asylum.
In the proclamation, Trump invoked the very same authority under Section 212(f) which Feinstein had cited in her note to Obama.
Trump’s order provides that only migrants who present themselves at legal points of entry will be considered for asylum, with the exception of unaccompanied minors. This is an effort to deter the stream of migrants over illegal border crossings.
The Trump administration explains that our asylum system has been overwhelmed with an influx of questionable “credible fear” claims that are unlikey to result in asylum being granted.
With low standard for what constitutes “credible fear”, many migrants can take advantage when they are simply seeking better employment rather than actually fleeing serious violence or persecution.
“There is an unprecedented crisis at our Southern border where aliens understand that they can enter the country illegally, avoid removal, and ultimately remain in the U.S. living and working illegally,” says Michael Bars, a spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in a statement. “The congressionally delegated authority for our president to handle crises at our border appropriately is recognized historically as a bipartisan approach to solving some of the most endemic challenges to national security and public safety.”
Feinstein, of course, is now an outspoken critic of Trump’s immigration policies.
This hasn’t always been the case, in fact, she’s had a reputation in the bast for being rather hawkish on immigration.
“The day when America could be the welfare system for Mexico is gone. We simply can’t afford it,” she once said in the 90’s.
Feinstein has yet to comment on the 2014 letter to Obama since it was published.