President Donald Trump has decided to keep former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was five years old on June 16.
The DACA program allowed for immigrants who were brought here as children to stay and work in the United States , even if they are undocumented.
This a reversal of the President’s promise that he would deport “illegal” immigrants to “put America first.”
Broken Promises Or A Failing Agenda?
The reversal comes as the President is facing historic lows, trying to garner favor with the people who are critical of his polices.
What wasn’t calculated was that this will now lower the support from his die-hard supporters, who view the President as betraying them, and won’t earn him any new fans.
Those critical of Trump’s presidency view it as marred by scandal, lies, and just boorish behavior unbecoming of a grown adult, let alone a President.
The decision to allow for undocumented immigrants to stay is always a smart economic one, and humanitarian one, as immigrants have a positive economic impact. But…
…Everyone Else Is Fair Game
Sadly, according to the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) all undocumented immigrants should be ready to be deported at any time, continuing the Trump administration’s policy of treating undocumented immigrants with no clemency.
Currently, DACA only protects around 740,000 immigrants, the rest of the 11 million undocumented immigrants are still at risk under the Trump administration.
Currently ICE has arrested 38 percent more people this year, with the biggest jump being in those who have no criminal background.
The President’s move is a welcome one, but not one I’m expecting to stick, as the racist rhetoric of the president’s cabinet and supporters runs deep.
As long as “America first” is still the promise, immigrants will not be safe.
Watch this video for an idea of how undocumented immigrants are being treated by the Trump administration. This woman was deported to Tijuana four months ago, in spite of being protected by DACA: