I haven’t little to add to what has already been written about Trump’s abrupt ending of theÂ 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.
OnÂ 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, â€œa group of illegal aliensâ€ who were taking jobs away from citizens, contributing to â€œlawlessness,â€ and threatening the countryâ€™s â€œunsurpassed legal heritage.â€ The decision to endÂ dacaÂ wasnâ€™t personal, he insisted. â€œThis does not mean theyâ€™re bad people or that our nation disrespects them or demeans them in any way,â€ he said. It was just a matter of â€œprotecting the integrity of our Constitution.â€ President Barack Obama, who createdÂ dacaÂ by executive actionâ€”without congressional approvalâ€”had â€œunilaterallyâ€ granted Dreamers â€œamnesty.â€ Sessionsâ€™s tone suggested that he believed these words were as abhorrent to his listeners as they were to him. â€œWe simply canâ€™t admit everyone who comes here,â€ he said. Then he took a drink of water, and praised Donald Trump. â€œThe President has delivered to the American people,â€ Sessions said.
SinceÂ dacaÂ was implemented, in 2012, its beneficiaries, who came to the U.S. as small children, have been living in the country under â€œlawful status.â€ Theyâ€™ve been able to obtain work visas and driverâ€™s licenses, and were free from the immediate fear of arrest and deportation. ButÂ dacaÂ does not grant citizenship. â€œItâ€™s a temporary, stopgap measure,â€ Obama said when he first announced the policy. Yet years have passed and Congress never formalized Dreamersâ€™ 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 ofÂ dacaÂ recipients are in school or in the workforce, andâ€”per the conditions of the programâ€”not one of them has a criminal history.
Josh Marshall,Â Trump Wishes Dreamers Luck as He Tosses Them Out of the Plane
Jennifer Rubin,Â And Trump didnâ€™t have the nerve to make the announcement himself
Roberto G. Gonzales,Â DACAâ€™s beneficiaries landed good jobs, enrolled in college, and contributed to society