Come On, You Guys, Admit It — Trump’s Hand Was Forced on DACA

C’mon, CNN, NYT, WP, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and so on, admit it. The circumstances regarding DACA left Trump no choice. His decision was really the best that could be done under the circumstances. I didn’t vote for him, and at least so far, there are rather few of his actions that I’ve been very pleased with. And for some incomprehensible reason, he has ignored the free, valuable advice I gave him here right after the election. 🙂 But all this posturing, pretense and obfuscation just sickens me.

Attorneys general of multiple states were poised to sue to dismantle DACA, and even supporters of DACA concede that the states would have a high chance of prevailing, given the new makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. That would leave the DACA recipients with nada.

Under such a scenario, I suppose DACA supporters would ask the Court — some court — to grant a stay of the order. Well, that is exactly what Trump is doing, giving DACA people a temporary reprieve while Congress has time to finally step up to the plate and provide some relief. The DACA people (I can’t call them kids, since most aren’t) are in fact the subject of broad sympathy among Americans of both parties, and  they won’t accept mutual fingerpointing if in the end Congress comes up empty-handed on fixing the problem. You heard it here first: They WILL come up with some solution, at the least another temporary reprieve but I believe substantially more. Just as they have always dealt with raising the debt ceiling — in the end, but when the deadline was upon them — they will do so here.

And please, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Obama, don’t unctuously claim that this is a matter of who has humanity and who doesn’t. We all know the reason why many Republicans oppose amnesty proposals for the undocumented, and why most Democrats support them: the prospect of future votes by recipients of the amnesty. As the clever Jay Leno line put it, the Democrats view the unauthorized immigrants as “undocumented Democrats.”

Of course, some will say that the pressure from the states attorneys general gave Trump an excuse to take an action he wanted to take anyway. Maybe so, maybe not. I don’t know and you don’t know. But the bottom line is that his hand was forced.

And CNN, if you don’t like Trump and want to stack your discussion panels with Trump critics, fine. If you don’t like the DACA decision, again fine. Say so. But is the best criticism you can come up with that Trump had Sessions make the announcement, instead of Trump doing so himself? Really? That’s your main argument? How sad.




8 thoughts on “Come On, You Guys, Admit It — Trump’s Hand Was Forced on DACA

  1. I am opposed to allowing someone who has been illegally present in the US to become a citizen with all of the rights and privileges that entails. However, I do not believe that it is reasonable or feasible to deport individuals who came during the period of lax enforcement who have committed no other crimes.

    I favor the establishment of a new category of legal, long term residency not leading to citizenship whereby those currently eligible for DACA and others are allowed to remain as long as they remain out of trouble (including misdemeanors such as DUI!!!) and are self sufficient including paying taxes. They should not be granted the opportunity to sponsor others for entry. They should not be rewarded for jumping in line when so many have been waiting patiently or do not have the opportunity to immigrate at all because they do not meet one of the limited criteria.

    I also want our legislators realize that they cannot do anything about illegal immigration unless and until they make it possible for the low skilled and poorly educated to come legally. These are the people who entered many, many years ago and built this country through their hard physical labor in the fields, mines, sweatshops, and infrastructure projects. Unless people have hope that they can come legally, they will continue come illegally.

    The Diversity Visa Lottery is the closest thing to this but even it has skills and education requirements. I favor a lottery open to anyone residing outside the US who has never been in violation of US immigration laws, be in good health, and who are likely to become self sufficient and conversationally proficient in English within a short period of time. This would permit eventual citizenship and all the rights and responsibilities that entails.


  2. I have to give him credit, he did finally rescind DACA, notwithstanding the 6 month delay.

    I agree that his hand was forced, and I’m actually a little irked by it. Trump promised to rescind DACA on “Day 1” and it has taken 7 months, which makes me wonder if he’s really serious about his campaign promises.

    Congress will certainly come up with a “solution”, which will likely be some form of amnesty. Trump even implied in a tweet a few hours ago that he wants Congress to pass an amnesty:

    The only compromise I could see would be for a subset of the 800k to stay in exchange for something like: lower overall immigration rates (current legal rates are over 1 million), ending chain migration, mandating E-verify and a wall (least important). Signing off on anything short of that, he will lose too large a chunk of his base, become a one term president, and the GOP will lose Congress in 2018.



  3. Good points. Politicians and the Mudstream Media want to politicize every statement and every decision, large or small. I like the idea of a 6-month transition period — and how clever to put the ball in Congress’s court, to let them show whether they have any backbone or not (whichever way they decide). But also how decent to give the affected people a 6-month period to make adjustments — get your paperwork together and re-apply, or make the move to another land.

    Most of Pres. Trump’s first year seems to be focused on backtracking on Pres. Obama’s habit of using Executive Orders. Already Congress has shown itself on the healthcare issue. This is another chance for them to make a decision — or not. Congress is the place where these things are supposed to happen, not on a desk at 1000 Pennsylvania Avenue.


  4. Neither side of the aisle aims to “fix” immigration policy.
    It would damage US industries’ entitlement to cheap/free labor, aka record profits.
    300 years and still running with variant-du-jour.


  5. I don’t think his deal with the democrats has anything to do with DACA. It was a direct threat to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell that their days of screwing with him are numbered. Trump will never publicly support DACA because his base will turn on him and he knows it.


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