Trump Tries to Have His Cake and Deport It, Too

In a significant change in policy preference, President Trump now is calling for a bipartisan solution to the delicate immigration issue involving the DREAMers impacted by President Obama’s DACA order, which Trump announced he was ending on September 5 via a statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On September 7, Trump sent a tweet that seems to have been an attempt at consoling those affected by his administration’s decision to roll back DACA:

True to form, Trump then began the morning of September 14 tweeting a new message apparently aimed at assuaging the concerns of his more conservative base, who reacted to the President’s dealmaking with Democrats with concern that he was not only breaking major campaign promises, but also giving away wins to Democrats in exchange for nothing.

Up until now, the President has consistently held a hard line position on immigration, and the rescinding of DACA fell in line with this. But in both his recent meetings with Democrats over immigration and government funding, Trump has taken positions that may be seen as too much of a departure for some in Trump’s conservative base. Meanwhile, Democratic reactions range from appreciation for their leaders making headway on some of the party’s preferred policies to concern that giving Trump these victories could lead to too much goodwill for the President in 2020. The DREAMers, on the other hand, are still left in Limbo, awaiting a final decision from Congress and the President on what their futures might look like–whether they have a path to citizenship in the only country most of them have ever known, or if they will be booted out at a moment’s notice. For now, DREAMers and their supporters are putting what pressure they can on lawmakers to finalize legislation for their protection.


Top Story: Trump Ends DACA Program

On Tuesday, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive order which prevents deportation of people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. The move was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The program was intended to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants whose only crime was that their parents had brought them to the United States illegally. Many speak only English, and have few, if any, ties to their country of origin. The repeal will not be implemented until March 3, giving Congress time to act on the matter and prevent the deportations.

DACA was an executive order, which means that President Trump can repeal it via a similar order. President Obama signed it after Congress failed to act on immigration reform during his administration. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a legislative solution to the problem DACA was devised to address, but what form that solution might take, and how it might pass Congress, is unclear.