Thursday, September 7, 2017

President Trump Has Not Ended DACA

I feel like I’m living in an alternative universe when I read about the state attorneys general who are suing President Trump over his purported decision to end DACA (the subject of Alexandra’s post below), or read about President Obama’s grousing over Trump’s supposed termination of the program (the subject of Rich’s earlier post).
I have a new column up on the homepage explaining that Trump has not ended DACA. For the most part, Trump hasn’t even suspended DACA. It is still going to be operating throughout the next six months, during which he hopes Congress will codify it in federal law.
Moreover, the president has now made it clear that he wants the program legalized. Trump is in a box because he likes DACA but opportunistically railed against it as a candidate. In trying to square that circle, hoping his core supporters won’t notice the difference (though I suspect they will), his formerly thunderous objection to DACA has been reduced to a whimper over its formal legal niceties (executive action rather than statutory law – as if Trump cared about such things). But the reality is: This president, like the last one, fully supports the substance of DACA. As Rich has explained (and as I discuss in the column), Trump has undermined any leverage that could have been used to win concessions on border security and immigration law improvements. He has made it clear that he’s willing to work with his new pals “Chuck and Nancy” to get that done (there go Mitch and Paul, thrown under the Trump Train). He has further signaled that, if Congress can’t get DACA done legislatively, he’ll continue the program through executive action, just like his predecessor.
Read the rest from Andrew McCarthy HERE and follow links below to related stories:

Trump’s ‘Never Mind’ DACA Tweet

There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Deserving DREAMer’

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