LOOP: Trump rescinds Obama immigration order



HURRICANE IRMA INTENSIFIES // Hurricane Irma has winds of 185 m.p.h. and the Caribbean storm is now larger than the size of the entire state of Ohio, noted Cleveland meteorologist J.D. Rudd. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended all tolls on Florida roadways to “keep traffic flowing” as Hurricane Irma continues on a path towards the Sunshine State. http://cvote.it/2wExtrr

DACA RESCINDED // President Trump issued an executive order to end President Obama’s executive order. It affects the children of people who entered the country illegally. Here’s a novel idea: Maybe immigration policy shouldn’t be decided by the whoever holds the presidential pen? But don’t listen to the media. Most Republican lawmakers, including President Trump, support legal status for children brought to the United States by their parents as minors. The real debate is whether this should be the only reform done to immigration this year. And immigration hawk Sen. Tom Cotton says he’s willing to back legal status for those affected by DACA, but that other reforms to our immigration laws are needed as well. Your move, Congress. http://cvote.it/2w4VeW0

ANOTHER OBAMA ORDER AXED // The Justice Department announced that they will not defend in federal court a Labor Department rule on overtime issued during the Obama administration. http://cvote.it/2w56m54

“HATE MAP” FROM HATE GROUP // The Southern Poverty Law Center’s ‘Hate Map’ put many people in danger. Pro-life attorney Casey Mattox writes about the delusional attacker who fired a gun in the lobby of his pro-family organization’s building. http://cvote.it/2w4uqoJ

NFL STAR LOVES MASS // Paul Posluszny is a Pro Bowl star on the Jacksonville Jaguars. And he’s proud of his Catholic faith: “We’re given everything in the Mass, since we’re given nothing less than Jesus.” http://cvote.it/2w54z02

SCOTLAND CONSECRATED // A constant downpour of rain couldn’t stop the bishops of Scotland from consecrating Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday. Saint Andrew, patron of Scotland, pray for us. http://cvote.it/2w5lXSo

MOTHER TERESA HONORED // Saint Mother Teresa to be named co-patron of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, along with St Francis Xavier. “We seek her intercession and give her the prominence that is due especially in a city like Calcutta,” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza. http://cvote.it/2w513m9

SAINT // Blessed Claudio Granzotto – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “I trust in the mercy of God for ever.” (Ps 52:10) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings



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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.


  1. Ryan Schroeder on

    “Here’s a novel idea: Maybe immigration policy shouldn’t be decided by the whoever holds the presidential pen?”

    All I can say is LOL to your absolute desire to defend anything President Trump does.

    Remember when a certain President – why, Mr. Trump! – signed multiple executive orders on immigration policy in the spring? What did you write then? Well, you surely didn’t write that the power doesn’t belong with the executive. In fact, your exact words: “We are inclined to defer to the President.”


    If you were a Catholic website and not a pro-Trump propaganda organ, you might mention the USCCB statement issued yesterday. Nah!

  2. I am consistently amazed as to how you resort to outright lies to support Donald Trump.  As Ryan Schroeder already pointed out, your claim that the President has no Constitutional power to determine immigration policy is ludicrously hypocritical.
    In regards to these sentences:  “Most Republican lawmakers, including President Trump, support legal status for children brought to the United States by their parents as minors. The real debate is whether this should be the only reform done to immigration this year.”
    This is completely and totally false.  Donald Trump campaigned for President on ending DACA and enforcing deportation for all DREAMers.  I guess his own campaign website must be lying?
    “5. Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced – we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country.”
    Of course, conveniently, that page has been scrubbed from his website (I’ll post the link as a separate comment to avoid the spam filter).
    If President Trump really does actually support a path to legal status for DREAMers, why has the White House issued a memo to lawmakers with talking points that include:
    “The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States—including proactively seeking travel documentation—or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.”
    Again, I’ll post the link as a separate comment.
    Finally, the DREAM Act has been introduced in Congress in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  In the final four years, the bill failed to come up for a vote because not enough Republicans would vote to invoke cloture in the Senate.  In 2006, the Senate passed a version of the DREAM Act, but the bill never reached reconciliation because the House, led by the Republicans, passed a bill that changed illegal immigration from a civil offense to a felony.
    But if you want to pretend that Donald Trump, who openly opposed DACA and now is telling DREAMers to prepare for deportation, is a leading supporter of the DREAM Act, go for it.  If you want to pretend that Republicans really want to vote for the DREAM Act but just never did, go for it.  You can live in your own delusional world, but the rest of us will continue to call you out on it.

    • Hi Anna,

      It’s clear you have a pre-conceived notion of what is meant, rather than what was said, e.g. Pres. Trump being stated as a supporter to a leading supporter, and conflating policy and law. Congress makes laws, and Presidents set policies to execute the laws. I’m not a Trump supporter, and neither was this site, but I do support the President of the U.S. Im5glad people like you follow closely, and remember promises, but you have to take into account changes as well. Dealing with current policies being pushed is more important than tracking campaign lies. I wish they would all tell the truth and be consistent, but I’ve never experienced nor heard of that in politics.

    • Anna-

      Do you think that congress needs to address immigration reform?

      If not, fine, but if so, this action by the President will hopefully force Congress to address the issue vs. kicking the can down the road.


      • Totally off-topic. Again, why are you insisting I stake claims in the ground that have nothing to do with my argument?
        Isn’t it telling that CatholicVote won’t actually state a position on DACA? Instead, they hide behind statements like this so they can’t be blamed for not supporting it.
        Your statement fits right with theirs. Republicans have had chance after chance after chance to pass the DREAM Act. They keep blocking it. This is a historical fact. Now we are to believe the Republicans will actually pass the DREAM Act, and the President who campaigned on eliminating the DREAM Act AND not replacing it in any form will sign it into law?
        You must be kidding.

        • I thought the topic was immigration policy, like, say, DACA.

          I’ll simplify.

          DACA was a can kicker. Immigration reform is needed, IMO. This act will hopefully help call the question with Congress.

        • Apparently you think that passage of the DREAM act is a legislative imperative.

          Evidently, it has struggled to find such enthusiasm in Congress, even under a Democratic administration.

          • Ryan Schroeder on

            Sorry, but you really have a big problem with making things up. The DREAM Act passed in one iteration – in the Senate in 2005, in bipartisan fashion. The House would not pass a similar bill. The House was controlled by…the Republicans.
            Every other iteration of the bill failed to get through the Senate because not enough Republicans would vote to invoke cloture. Anna L. already detailed all this.
            Like this website, you simply make things up to satisfy your political aims.

          • Um, I thought that Congress was both the House and Senate?

            It hasn’t passed, and President Obama was indeed a Democrat.

            What do you think I “made up?”

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