Talk about two Americas.
February 16 marked an interesting juxtaposition of two competing worldviews in the country these days. On the one hand, illegal immigrants and their supporters eschewed work to stage a “day without immigrants” in an effort to show how the country would apparently grind to a halt if they were deported. On the other, President Trump signed a key, much-needed piece of legislation designed to put thousands of coal miners back to work.
With some coal miners looking on, Pres Trump signs bill repealing Obama Admin regulation protecting streams from mining debris. pic.twitter.com/HmpL1crtrQ
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 16, 2017
Shockingly enough, it seems like America would in fact survive without illegal immigrants. Even the New York Times admits that “cities did not grind to a halt, and for most people, the action registered as an inconvenience — a longer wait for lunch, a favorite restaurant closed, a bus driver who wasn’t there.”
The yearly costs of illegal immigration, passed to American taxpayers are ~ $113 billion.#DayWithoutImmigrants
— Linda Suhler, PhD (@LindaSuhler) February 16, 2017
Is today a #daywithoutimmigrants or, more accurately, a day without illegals? We may find out we don't need them so badly after all
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 16, 2017
But with the crippling regulations imposed by the Obama Administration in December that had been years in the making, upwards of 70,000 American workers would have been without jobs and 80 percent of our coal reserves would have been virtually out of reach.
Flanked by coal miners, corporate officials, and key legislators like Senators Joe Manchin, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Trump signed HG Resolution 38, a bill to end an Obama administration coal mining regulation, called the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, which was supposedly designed to protect streams and rivers from mining waste but would have virtually ended coal mining as an industry in states like Kentucky and West Virginia.
Much sooner than anticipated but just in the nick of time for many, Trump kept his long-standing promise to coal miners by ending what the president called “another terrible job killing rule.”
“This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat,” Trump said. “We’re going to fight for you.”
Trump jokingly asked if the miners had ever been invited to the White House before, then insisted they take a tour after the signing.
Regardless of what the liberal media, beltway elites, and even illegal immigrants decide to do, if President Trump keeps keeping his promises to working-class Americans, their approval is the only approval he’ll need.
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