“We are going to show great heart,” President Trump said at a news conference in February when asked about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “We are going to deal with DACA with heart.” If you believed that for a second, you were a fool.
Now we’re finding out what he’s actually going to do:
President Trump is expected to phase out the Obama-era program that grants work permits to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, but delay its end for six months to give Congress time to pass legislation to replace it, according to multiple people briefed on the president’s discussions.
Trump’s plan remains fluid and could change, however, and administration officials stressed Sunday evening that the president has not finalized his decision. The White House has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday.
As we awaited Trump’s decision, we were told in one news report after another that the dilemma was just tearing him up inside, because he had such sympathy for the young people known as “dreamers” (after the Dream Act, an earlier piece of legislation that would have granted them legal status). We’re still being told that. And why wouldn’t he? Since President Obama created DACA, more than 800,000 of them have come forward and registered with the government, making themselves vulnerable for the chance to stay legally in the place they’ve grown up. They’re people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and have done everything right since; in order to be eligible you had to still be in school or had to have graduated from high school or been honorably discharged from the military, and not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
According to a recent survey, 97 percent of dreamers are in school or working, those who are working are earning significantly more than they were before gaining legal status, and they’re starting businesses at dramatically higher rates than native-born Americans are. These are young people who grew up in America. Many of them haven’t seen the countries of their birth since they were too young to remember.
And now Trump is going to deport them.
You can read the rest at the Washington Post.