Trump’s Chief Of Staff John Kelly Leaves No Doubt He’s As Hard-Line On Immigration As Anyone In The White House

Even though 700,000 undocumented immigrants are signed up for DACA, there are an estimated 1.2-million or so more who would be eligible for it, but haven’t signed up.

Eric J Scholl
3 min readFeb 7, 2018


Kelly characterized them as “people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses.” Making it very clear which side he comes down on.

What’s interesting about this is Democrats and other DACA supporters never asked for protection for the additional number of people who never signed up. Only Trump has.

Part of it’s a ploy: so the President can keep saying he’s being “very generous” even as he’s promoting unprecedented — and in some cases cruel — reductions in legal immigration.

We also increasingly believe Trump’s upping the number comes from a realization by someone in the White House that you don’t want to kill a booming economy by creating a labor shortage when you kick millions of people out of the country.

Trump’s plan also creates huge difficulties for Homeland Security in setting up a process for determining who’s legit (whereas with DACA recipients you already know).

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports Trump’s immigration plan will keep America whiter longer. According to projections by the Census Bureau, minorities will outnumber white people in the United States in 2044. But an analysis by the Post pushes that date back as late as 2049, should Trump’s immigration plan go through.

And Trump thrusts the death of Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson to the center of the immigration battle. Jackson was killed when an Uber he was riding in was hit by a drunk driver who turned out to be in the country illegally (and had previously been deported back to his native El Salvador twice). Trump Tweeted about it twice:

(For the record, this was Trump’s first Tweet. A Tweet offering condolences to the football player’s family came second, 5 minutes later.)

To us, this seems more of a drunk driving problem than an immigration problem. The Miami Herald agrees. And even though it’s undoubtedly a horrible tragedy, with Trump politicizing it, we couldn’t help but wonder if the President would be as adamant had Jackson been one of the players taking a knee during the national anthem. (Jackson was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the 2017 season).



Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report"