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.