Appeals to racism are all that Trump has left

Donald Trump has decided to effectively end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that enabled the children of undocumented immigrants who had been brought here when they were young to study and work without fear of deportation

Donald Trump thrust the fate of nearly 800,000 young, undocumented migrants into uncertainty on Tuesday by terminating the Obama-era program that protects the so-called Dreamers from deportation.

The 2012 policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) will be phased out by 5 March 2018, leaving Congress with six months to enact new protections for Dreamers through legislation.

New applications will no longer be accepted, while those currently in the program will all lose their status by March 2020, with the first permits expiring in March 2018 – unless Congress passes legislation allowing the young immigrants to stay.

This move highlights key things about Trump. One is that he is a blowhard and a political coward. He knows that ending DACA is unpopular and is opposed by even some members of his own party and business leaders and so he asked his attorney general Jeff Sessions to announce the new policy, just like he asks others to fire people in his administration.

The second is that he tried to deflect responsibility by punting to Congress that, if they want to preserve the program, it is up to them to pass legislation. Whether he will veto such a move remains to be seen.

The third and most important is that he knows that he has no major achievements to show for his nearly eight months in office and the natives are getting restless. He knows that he can keep his rabid supporters enthusiastic by throwing them the occasional racist bone, and this latest move will keep them quiet for a while. But how many more anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-people of color, anti-transgender, anti-gay bones does he still have left in his basket?


  1. jrkrideau says

    I added up the numbers of some groups on temporary residency permits in the USA and threatened with deportation from a couple of newspaper sources. No guarantees what-so-ever as to accuracy. The DACA figure is rounded up slightly.
    So far :
    Total 1,112,500
    DACA 800,000
    El Salvador 195,000
    Haiti 55,000
    Honduras 60,000
    Nicaragua 2,500

  2. brucegee1962 says

    I actually think this may be the closest thing he gets to having a plan. Conservatives have been saying for a long time that the problem with Obama’s DACA act was that it was unconstitutional power from the executive. Of course, the only reason Obama had to do that was because Congress was incapable of getting its collective act together.

    Now, if Congress proves incapable of putting a bill together to his desk, he gets to preen for his base about kicking out the illegals, while simultaneously looking at the majority of Americans who are appalled by the deportations and saying “Hey, it was Congress’ fault.”

    But if they DO get a path-to-citizenship bill to his desk, he can say that he’ll veto it UNLESS it gets attached to funding for his precious wall. Faced with a million potential voters being held as hostage, Democrats will have to agree. Then he tells the Dreamers that he, personally, gave them a path to citizenship, while simultaneously telling his base that he got his wall built. He also finally gets to claim that he got major legislation passed.

    A bit too clever for Trump, really, but maybe one of his people came up with the plan.

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