Trump and DACA: What Will He Do?

President Trump campaigned in 2016 on a pledge to end DACA, the so-called “Dreamers” program created during the Obama years that permits illegal migrants brought to the U.S. as minors to remain here.

In June, the Supreme Court–led by the nominally “conservative” Chief Justice John Roberts– ruled against the President’s efforts to abolish the program, prompting him to tweet, “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”

Quite likely. Nevertheless, on July 10, Trump apparently announced an about-face when he told Telemundo, “I’m going do a big executive order, I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to make DACA a part of it.” He went on to add, cryptically, “But we’ll put it in and then we’re probably going to be taking it out. We’re working out the legal complexities right now.”

The “legal complexities” appear to include the granting of amnesty to the approximately 700,000 DACA beneficiaries and providing them with a “path to citizenship.”

It remains unclear whether Trump has the authority to do this exclusively through an executive order, as he has claimed, but talks are underway with Republican senators who are certain to go along.

Also all in on DACA is the U.S. business community, represented by a group called “Coalition for the American Dream,” which sent a letter to Trump on July 11 urging him to “leave DACA in place” and to do nothing that would negatively impact it.

Immigration restrictionists, for their part, were chagrined by the announcement. Steve Levy, a political consultant and radio talk show host, warned in a Fox News op-ed, that Trump was making a “major concession to Democrats on illegal immigration and get[ting] absolutely nothing in return.” Trump, he said, “shouldn’t think for a second that granting this amnesty is going to get him additional votes.”

Trump’s “big executive order” has yet to be issued, and things have a way of changing fast in Trumpworld, so we will wait and see, but Steve Levy is right when he says:

This is another example of Republicans seeking short-term gain at the expense of long-term security. It’s what we saw when corporate America sold out the long-term interest of America’s middle class for short-term profits in moving jobs to China. It’s what we’re seeing today as corporate America sells out to the radical and intolerant left in the support of boycotting other businesses.  These short-term ploys wind up being a form of political suicide. That’s exactly what granting citizenship to illegal immigrants would be for Republicans who ignore the views of their base.

For more, see Fox News.


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