On Monday, the Trump administration leaked via Politico the news that President Trump had decided to end President Obama’s executive amnesty — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Trump White House won’t immediately end DACA, however; instead, they’ll delay their enforcement for six months, supposedly pressuring Congress to act in the meantime.
This is a seriously problematic strategy. If you are an advocate of DACA, you obviously think that the president shouldn’t be dumping it — and you think that Congress is unlikely to act to restore DACA, particularly if President Trump insists on funding for his border wall in exchange for signing a DACA restoration. If you’re an opponent of DACA, Trump’s six-month delay isn’t going to provide any serious measure of comfort — it’s obviously designed to force Congress to restore DACA, which means that Trump’s heart isn’t behind renewing enforcement of immigration law against so-called DREAMers.
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