The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age

    Poison Pills in Trump, McConnell Wall Bill 'Compromise'

    This is part of the "Great  Compromise" that Trump and McConnell made over the weekend to end the Trump government shutdown. This bill has nothing to do with the Wall or DACA.  It seeks to overhaul the immigration system to deny asylum application at the US border, make judicial review illegal, make asylum acceptance a whim of Homeland Security, and put a low limit on asylum acceptances per year with no provision for exceptions..

    Orwellian name "Central American Minors Protection Act of 2019."

    Some major points again:

    Denies asylum for whatever subjective reason the Homeland Security Director comes up with.

    Has numerical limit on the number of total asylum case accepted in a fiscal year of 15,000 for minors, 50,000 overall.

    Asylum requests will not be accepted at the border for anyone under 18 years old, from Central America.

    Under this Act, applications for asylum must be submitted at designated centers in the home nation, and approved by any designated unspecified third party as being legitimate asylum cases, before forwarding to Homeland Security for review..

    Judicial review of any portion, decision related to, or action allowed by the Act is illegal.

    From the one thousand three hundred and one (1301) page Bill:

     Secretary of Homeland Security may
     not grant asylum to more than 15,000
     aliens under this subparagraph in any
     fiscal year.

     ‘‘(iv) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW.—Not
    withstanding any other provision of law
     (statutory or nonstatutory), including sec11
    tion 2241 of title 28, United States Code,
     or any other habeas corpus provision, and
     sections 1361 and 1651 of such title, no
     court or immigration judge shall have ju
    risdiction to review a determination of the
     Secretary of Homeland Security...


    any other provision of law, including para-
    January 21, 2019 (7:03 p.m.)
    U:\2019REPT\DECOMNI\012019\EndShutdown.xml SEN. APPRO.

    and except as provided in clause
    a national of El Salvador, Guatemala,
     or Honduras who is younger than 18 years
     of age and is outside of the United States
     as of the date of the enactment of the Cen
    tral American Minors Protection Act of
     2019 shall be ineligible for asylum unless—
     the alien submits an application for asylum

    outside of the United at a Designated Application
    Processing Center in Central America;...



    Just out, Washington Post:

    ....The legislation specifies that children younger than 18 from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala cannot apply for asylum at U.S. border, and instead would be turned away, because of a new requirement that they apply from their home country. The law would also create a new cap on 15,000 on the number of children who could qualify each year for the asylum program.

    Additionally, the legislation says that children who qualify for this program can only do so if they have a U.S.-based guardian to care for them. Immigration experts said the changes would effectively bar Central American minors arriving at U.S. borders from access to asylum, and Democrats described them as a deal-killer.

    McConnell is now splitting Bills, the Bill above wi!! separate from a reopen the government for 2 weeks Bill, (so Trump can do his SOU TeeVee Show?). link

    ....Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday offered the first glimmers of a potential resolution to the five-week partial government shutdown, scheduling procedural votes Thursday on President Trump’s proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and a competing bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8....

    This would seem like a gift. The Democrats would clearly be the ones voting to send people back to work. The Republicans would be the ones shutting down government. 

    Front page Wash Post  -

    Two planned Senate votes on measures to end the shutdown looked likely to fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance.

    Certainly, Trump would just shut it down again on Feb. 8th FOR THE WALL, after getting air time for a big SOU to lie about Dems wanting our throats cut by rapists and terrorists.

    Comment at Driftglass -

    It's clear that Trump could give a shit if the government is shut down or not. He thinks it's "saving money" because he's the dumbest fuck out there. He could give a shit about all of his base and whatever issues they have. It's all about him appearing to be some sort of strong man..

    Just the facts; not every conservative has been spun silly by Fox, it seems:

    CATO will be around long after Trump - they can't afford to simply & blatantly sell their souls & respectability, even if they often shill for the other side. Part of their success is an aura of being serious.

    Apparently, the clean 'no Wall money' Bill to open the government until 2/8 will be voted down by Senate Republicans:

    With most Republicans united behind Mr. Trump’s insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall and most Democrats opposed to the linkage, neither measure is expected to draw the 60 votes required to advance.

    RNC choosing the hill it wants to die on ... and may get its wish.

    — Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) January 23, 2019

    Edit to add: to clarify what I think is his point: one can't win an election with the 34% that still find the president "effective". If they were spinning their bill like they were smartly working around an ineffective president, that might work, but politically, they are just being idjits to say this.

    Never forget:

    At this moment, GOP's "Butt-hurt Fox" appears to be having his ass sawed off in public and served to him on the good china by a Democratic party united behind a woman who controls one half of one branch of the federal government. . Nancy Pelosi read your book there, Mitch.   Driftglass

    I love the package of his headline with this picture over there, really packs a punch right away, lol!

    Nate Silver doesn't usually opine like this on political actors (maybe football, I dunno, I don't read that stuff), but with rocket scientists Kushner and Pence, he couldn't resist:


    Subtitle: "Demo-rats refuse to join sinking ship"

    Perhaps Nate wasn't opining, but simply ran a quick poll...?

    The Führer believed in Jared! Other failed fantasies, Wenck would save Berlin:



    choice quotes from WaPo's article about Mitch's little get together luncheon:

    FIREWORKS inside today's Senate GOP luncheon.

    “This is your fault,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

    “Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?” McConnell snapped back.


    — Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) January 25, 2019

    RonJohn blamed McConnell. McConnell glared at RonJohn. Mitt & Tillis snapped at one another.
    And lotsa Rs told Pence to tell Trump time was short, including McConnell.
    Inside a GOP lunch. W/ @WaPoSean on lead vocals, PK on drums.

    — Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) January 25, 2019


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