That’s a good move. Now send back all the Dreamers and refugees – and stop letting more of them in!
The Trump administration on Thursday night ended an Obama-era policy that protected undocumented immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, known as DAPA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, according to multiple news reports. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly sent a memo to agents Thursday telling them not to follow the Obama-era rule, which was enacted by his predecessor Jeh Johnson in November of 2014.
As always, one has to be very careful about trying to interpret Trump’s intentions. Especially when one action contradicts the other. But regardless, reneging on this campaign pledge sure looks like a stupid and unnecessary own goal:
President Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children. The Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday night that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them work permits so they can find legal employment. A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”
Unless he is about to reveal something that will counter-balance this, one has to wonder what on Earth he is thinking. He’s not going to win any support with this, but he certainly may lose some.