Immigration

Trump Ends Deferred Action for 800,000 Dreamers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump had a very busy Labor Day weekend. When he wasn't telling Hurricane victims to have a good time, he stoked nuclear war with North Korea, threatened to withdraw from our trade agreement with South Korea, threatened to stop all trade with China, and announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Trump wheeled out living confederate statue Jeff Sessions this morning to make a formal announcement that the DACA program for so-called Dreamers (young immigrants who would qualify for protection under the defunct DREAM Act) will end in six months beginning on October 5th.

Trump’s action, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rescinds a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The administration presented the move as necessary to show respect for the country’s immigration laws, and said nobody covered by the program would be affected before March 5. [...]

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that,” Sessions said.

Sessions' announcement was filled with one misleading claim and lie after another just like this.

No one has said we should admit every single person who comes here. To the outrage of his critics, the Obama administration actually deported a significant number of people who entered the country illegal, but his administration prioritized some individuals over others.

Many members of Congress including some Republicans are calling for congressional action in response to Trump's decision, but the reason DACA exists in the first place is because Republicans in Congress refused to act. President Obama created the DACA program in response to congressional inaction to protect contributing members of society who were brought here as children through no fault of their own. Those children went on to go to school, have children of their own, create jobs, and build lives; lives that are now threatened.

Sessions also repeated the thoroughly debunked claim that immigrants allowed to remain in the country have taken our jobs, but canceling DACA means up to 30,000 jobs could be lost every single month. And the consequences of Trump's decision won't wait until March to arrive.

If Trump crashes the economy in the near future, you might say today was the beginning. You can't remove nearly a million people from the economy, all of whom are students or taxpayers, without noticing it. Because you're not just removing them, you're removing their entire lives and everything they contribute to. You're removing their tax dollars, their consumer spending, and their community engagements. And for those with children who were born here, you're removing their support system as well.

Considering the high probability that this Republican Congress will not codify DACA before the March 5th deadline because they're nigh incapable of governing, some Dreamers may begin considering their future plans today. But that will be very difficult. Many of them could face deportation to countries they've never called home. Those who were brought here when they were as young as 3 probably don't even remember their original home.

  • muselet

    No Congress—not even a Congress made up entirely of rational people—could reasonably be expected to create a sensible policy for people brought to the US as minors before the fifth of March. The current Congress is majority simpleton-American.

    People will be talking about the collapse of civilization under Donald Trump for generations to come.

    –alopecia

  • Tony Lavely

    “Trump wheeled out living confederate statue Jeff ‘I lied under oath’ Sessions…”
    FIFY.
    I’m with Badgerite, the original was good, too!

  • Aynwrong

    Some of these people have been in America since they were 2 years or even 2 months old. America is the only life or culture they have ever known. They are as American as Mom, baseball and apple pie. Deporting them to another country is not “sending them home.” It’s forcing them to live and start a new life from square one in a land they have quite possibly never known. These are people who may be forced to live through a pretty severe culture shock.

    This is sickening, depraved, cruelty and that’s all it fucking is!

  • waspuppet

    You forgot the biggest lie of all: “… the American people have rightly rejected that.”

    The AMERICAN people are dead set against this, and in fact voted overwhelmingly not to have Donald Trump as president. The Confederate people put Trump in there, and the Confederate people are for this.

    They say they love America but don’t respect any process, any action, that doesn’t follow their demands to the letter. They’re the equivalent of the guy who says he loves his wife and wishes he didn’t have to slap her around occasionally, but what are you gonna do?

    It hurts their feelings when I point all this out. So I do it constantly.

  • I heard that their employment rate is something like 91%. If that’s even remotely close, it will have a HUGE economic impact. We HAVE to get Trump and Pence out of office. The GOP is bound and determined to ruin this country.

    • Scopedog

      And some on the far Left are determined to help them by only attacking Democrats, bitching about Hillary and the DNC, and whining about how Bernie woulda won.

      • Aynwrong

        Listening to some on the far left I get the impression that their only attachment to ideas that could be ascribed to “the left” are economic ideas. They seem obsessed with corporate corruption and a kind of economic populism and that’s it. I’ll admit I agree with some elements of that populism and corporate corruption is a worth fighting but if a person prioritizes those two issues over decency towards our fellow human beings, than that is a person whose value system I do not share.

  • Badgerite

    “Wheeled out living confederate statue Jeff Sessions”. Good one. LOL.