Stuff to Read About DACA

Trump Maladministration

I haven’t little to add to what has already been written about Trump’s abrupt ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, except for the obvious: This is just Trump getting his jollies by being an abusive son of a bitch. There is no other purpose served by ending DACA.

Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker:

On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (daca), the Obama-era policy that protects close to a million undocumented immigrants who grew up in the U.S. Many Americans, including the President, refer to the beneficiaries of the policy as Dreamers, but at a press conference in Washington, Sessions called them by a different name. They were, he said, “a group of illegal aliens” who were taking jobs away from citizens, contributing to “lawlessness,” and threatening the country’s “unsurpassed legal heritage.” The decision to end daca wasn’t personal, he insisted. “This does not mean they’re bad people or that our nation disrespects them or demeans them in any way,” he said. It was just a matter of “protecting the integrity of our Constitution.” President Barack Obama, who created daca by executive action—without congressional approval—had “unilaterally” granted Dreamers “amnesty.” Sessions’s tone suggested that he believed these words were as abhorrent to his listeners as they were to him. “We simply can’t admit everyone who comes here,” he said. Then he took a drink of water, and praised Donald Trump. “The President has delivered to the American people,” Sessions said.

Since daca was implemented, in 2012, its beneficiaries, who came to the U.S. as small children, have been living in the country under “lawful status.” They’ve been able to obtain work visas and driver’s licenses, and were free from the immediate fear of arrest and deportation. But daca does not grant citizenship. “It’s a temporary, stopgap measure,” Obama said when he first announced the policy. Yet years have passed and Congress never formalized Dreamers’ status, despite the fact that a majority of Americans, across ideological lines, supported both their citizenship and their right to remain in the country. Ninety-seven per cent of daca recipients are in school or in the workforce, and—per the conditions of the program—not one of them has a criminal history.

Josh Marshall, Trump Wishes Dreamers Luck as He Tosses Them Out of the Plane

Jennifer Rubin, And Trump didn’t have the nerve to make the announcement himself

Greg Sargent, Don’t be fooled by the scam that Trump will pull today on DACA

James Hohmann, DACA decision highlights chasm between Trump’s compassionate rhetoric and reality

Roberto G. Gonzales, DACA’s beneficiaries landed good jobs, enrolled in college, and contributed to society


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  1. uncledad  •  Sep 5, 2017 @3:40 pm

    I agree he’s dumping DACA for the wrong reasons. But DACA is not the answer, the dreamers need to be protected under law, not executive order.

  2. Diane  •  Sep 5, 2017 @5:23 pm

    Why is there no outrage over Trump’s use of visa’s to staff his business’s?
    He and Ivanka do not make their clothes in the US, they do not hire American workers.
    Let’s be honest, I know a hard concept for republicans. This is not about jobs, they lied.
    This is about playing to his base.
    I’m disgusted with trump and republicans.

  3. waspuppet  •  Sep 5, 2017 @7:44 pm

    Just a periodic reminder that “the American people” voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, who would not have done this.

    I haven’t heard or read one media person point this out. I’ve heard a few say that DACA is strongly supported in polling, but I haven’t heard one person point out that “the American people” didn’t and don’t want an abuser with a sub-high-school grasp of American governance who actively supports Nazis in the White House.

  4. c u n d gulag  •  Sep 5, 2017 @8:26 pm

    The orange-colored shit-eating cockroach which occupies our Oval Office, is an embarrassing, no-souled sociopathic, stupid, ignorant, bigoted, evil, pathetic, complete failure at his job.

    He can’t even get the sociopathic dim/half/nit/fuck-witted, evil, Republican nincompoops in Congress to do his bidding – despite his agenda being almost exactly the same as theirs.

    But he still wants to leave his mark… – make that his turd skid-mark – on America.

    So, what can he do?
    Well, outside of starting WWIII – still a distinct possibility – he can reverse anything good that President accomplished without Congress making a law of.


  5. Swami  •  Sep 5, 2017 @9:35 pm

    Don’t forget the ban on transgenders in our military. Pure cruelty dished out from a big bag of shit who didn’t have the balls to step up and serve his country. I hope he meets the same fate as Ariel Sharon where he get to spend a couple of years on a gilded bedpan.

  6. Tom_b  •  Sep 5, 2017 @10:29 pm

    “… protecting the integrity of our Constitution.” Protecting the integrity of ANY THING by ruining people’s lives drops you to a moral level somewhere around a cockroach. An Osama Bin Laden. A Cotton Mather. If you really want integrity, give them legal status.

    I hope the DACA people lawyer-up like the military LGBT people are doing and stick it to Trump and Sessions and the whole cretinous, pig-abusing administration.

  7. aj  •  Sep 5, 2017 @11:00 pm

    But the arpaio decision did not offend the constitution.the trump hotel in Washington which makes money directly for the president does not offended the constitution. This, like the transgender decision is an attack on a group who have done nothing wrong but be who and what they are. Heathers hey error was murdered for being who she was. They want to hurt people especially if it doesn’t cost them. They love to go after easy targets. Trump is being ‘constricted ‘by kelly. But he still has the power to inflict damage and feed his enraged scapegoat needing base.
    the Jerusalem elected a jerk

  8. aj  •  Sep 5, 2017 @11:02 pm

    Well I did not write Jerusalem. I wrote jerks

  9. Swami  •  Sep 6, 2017 @12:35 pm

    This, like the transgender decision is an attack on a group who have done nothing wrong but be who and what they are.

    Trump attacks the most vulnerable in our society. Just like Hitler did with the Jews. It’s a classic maneuver of a bully and a coward.

  10. Billikin  •  Sep 8, 2017 @2:50 am

    Make America Grate Again.