During the 2016 campaign, then-candidate-Trump promised to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program then-President Obama created in 2012 that allowed the children of illegal immigrants to work, study, and live in the United States.
Since then, however, Trump has wavered on the issue, expressing his wish to treat so-called Dreamers “with heart.” But he’ll have to come to a decision one way or the other by September 5, a deadline imposed by ten ‘Red’ States, including Texas and Tennessee, which have promised to bring the issue to court if the program isn’t ended.
Recently, speculation has abounded that the Dreamers’ fate could be tied to a broader immigration deal involving a wall, increased border security, and more detention facilities, but it seems Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would rather see Dreamers deported than make a deal on border security with their arch-nemesis.
My guess is that Trump is offering Dems a #DACA deal simply to put them on record as opposing immigration enforcement of any kind for 2018.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 24, 2017
Trump’s base, of course, are just fine with that for now. Any deal with Democrats is bound to end up about as well as Reagan’s amnesty for ‘border security’ deal did in 1986.
All of which bring us to the latest rumblings, courtesy of Axios, which has quoted White House sources who say that President Trump is considering ending the DACA program altogether before a court challenge is filed.
There has been no final decision. Jeff Sessions reportedly wants to end the program while Trump is wavering between sympathetic to the 750,000 children who currently have DACA status and the desire to keep his original promise to his base.
Of the 10-State impending lawsuit, Jeff Sessions told Fox and Friends: “I like it that our states and localities are holding the federal government to account, expecting us to do what’s our responsibility to the state and locals and that’s to enforce the law.”
According to Politico, a lawsuit would actually have a good chance of winning, especially if Judge Andrew Hanen, who successfully blocked a broader Obama-era immigration program, presides.
— POLITICO (@politico) August 24, 2017
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