Killing DACA

Former President Barack Obama learned early in his administration that he would need to resort to executive orders to accomplish his goals to improve the lives of Americans. Congress dug in its heels from the start, determined to block everything the president wanted to do. Predictably, every executive order brought  howls of protest from Republicans.

Donald Trump, blessed with a solid Republican majority in both houses of Congress but without a single idea of how to govern, immediately launched a series of — you guessed it — executive orders. In his first month in office alone, he signed orders to limit the effects of the Affordable Care Act, froze all regulations on industry, reinstated the so-called Mexico City Policy, which blocks the use of U.S. tax dollars to fund organizations that perform abortions, encouraged development of two oil pipelines, prohibited governmental agencies form hiring new employees, started work on the border wall, and directed Homeland Security to beef up immigration enforcement.

Between boasting about grabbing women by their genitals, praising himself, tweeting endless personal attacks and lying about virtually everything he touches, our leader has continued to plaster his illegible signature on numerous additional executive orders, virtually all of them harmful to America and Americans. So today’s action to rescind DACA, (Deferred Action for Children Arrivals) comes as no surprise.

Under DACA, created in 2012 by an Obama executive order, immigrants who applied for protection under the program — enrollment is not automatic — were at least temporarily shielded from deportations from the United States. They also got temporary Social Security numbers and two-year work permits. To qualify, they had to have arrived in the U.S. before 2007 (at 15 years old, or younger), been 30 or younger in 2012, and either have a high-school degree or be enrolled in high school (or similar educational program).

Many thousands of young people who have grown up here and consider themselves Americans, have prospered under DACA, have advanced their educational pursuits and have contributed mightily to their adopted country. They are enriching our country with their brains, talents and enthusiasm.

Naturally, our president would wish to end this.

In another part of Washington, committees to investigate possible wrongdoing by this president and his campaign team labor into the night. For the sake of America’s future, they can’t move fast enough.

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