Here we go again. On Easter Sunday, President Donald Trump resorted to his favorite pastime (Twitter) to amplify Fox News rhetoric, double down on his anti-immigrant platform to excite his base, and distract the nation from the scandals that threaten to tear this White House apart. So what’s the meaning behind Trump’s Fox-induced DACA tweets, and do Nevada’s immigrant communities have reason to fear?
Let’s remember why DACA is on court-ordered life support
Last September, it was Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA program that’s protected some 800,000 young people (including 13,000 here in Nevada) from deportation. It was Trump’s decision to take DREAMers hostage and use them as leverage to obtain border wall funding and other anti-immigrant policies. And it was Trump’s decision to reject U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) offer of compromise, and instead, direct Republicans to propose a bill that was so unpopular that it could only muster 39 votes in a Republican-controlled Senate.
Oh, and let’s not forget that it’s Trump’s decision to continue to fight the lawsuits that are challenging the legal rationale for his decision to end DACA. In fact, the only reason why DACA still exists for the roughly 800,000 DREAMers who signed up before September 5, 2017, is because a California federal judge has issued an injunction that requires it to remain in place for them. And because the U.S. Supreme Court refused to expedite any of the lawsuits, the program must stay in place for current recipients as these suits work their way through the courts.
Why does this DACA fight matter?
While Trump tweets about Democrats allegedly killing a deal he already aborted long ago, immigrant communities are trying their best to navigate through a system that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ready to mothball last month. These young Americans can now go to DHS, set their renewal appointments, and maintain the paperwork they need just to live something that might resemble some kind of normal life.
Yet at the same time, DREAMers realize that they and their family members are still at risk of being deported. The Trump administration has already been trying to deport DACA recipients, as they’re among the targets of the administration’s larger mass deportation regime. As long as there’s no permanent protection in place, DREAMers and their families will continue to be in danger.
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