The White House has been sidestepping rumors that Donald Trump’s platform promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will soon be fulfilled. On Friday, he delayed the decision to deport 800,000 people brought to the US as children, but it looks like he was just saving this blatantly evil act for after the holiday weekend.
Politico reports that the announcement of DACA’s end is expected on Tuesday, despite the fact that most members of Trump’s own party are warning him against it, and that the deportation costs for the DACA Dreamers would start at about $8.5 billion, according to The Washington Post. Most of the people protected under DACA have no connection to the countries they would be forced to return to, and separating families in such a brutal manner even looks bad to the GOP.
Who has been pushing Trump to make this disastrous decision? Racist elf, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who remains in the president’s good graces as long as he’s got something hateful planned. Sessions has argued that it’s the duty of Congress to write immigration law, casting aspersions on President Obama’s choice to institute DACA in 2012 and whether the executive branch can make such policy under constitutional law.
Is this all just more posturing to whip up enthusiasm from Trump’s stalwart base who still want that damn wall? Politico is saying that after the announcement, there will be a considerable delay in implementing any deportations, and there’s a huge pile up of crap Congress has to deal with first:
Trump’s expected decision to scrap DACA within six months represents another challenge for Ryan and fellow congressional Republicans, who are facing an end-of-September deadline to avert a government shutdown and government debt default, while also tackling a Hurricane Harvey relief package and a major tax reform push.
Immigration rights activists are pushing for people to fight the narrative that the dream of DACA is definitively over, no matter what the president tweets.