The president came into office on a platform founded upon hatred of minorities, promising to construct a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico and deport every one of the undocumented immigrants currently living in the country.
This message appealed to just enough voters to put him over the top in the crucial states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and handed him the presidency.
Now that he is president, however, he’s finding it unsurprisingly hard to deliver on the wildest of his campaign promises, such as putting up a wall between us and Mexico. After all, there is such a thing as the rule of law no matter how many times the president wants to try and get around that fact.
That does not mean, however, that he’s willing to put aside his wild, racist campaign promises.
On Tuesday, he met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the latest installment of negotiations over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which — when in force — allows for undocumented immigrants brought here as children to be free from the threat of deportation. The Trump administration abruptly announced late last year that they would be ending the program this spring, claiming it to be an example of executive overreach of the Obama administration.
However, the Trump administration’s intent to end the program doesn’t magically make the fate of those it currently protects no longer relevant. Thus, there has to be a decision made about the immigration statuses of the roughly 700,000 people currently protected by DACA, and that’s what negotiations have focused on.
The president is not approaching these negotiations with an eye to advance the interests of the young undocumented immigrants protected by DACA, however. On Tuesday, in conjunction with his meeting with lawmakers, the president posted an assertion on Twitter that he will not agree to any deal allowing DACA’s “Dreamers” to stay in the U.S. without that deal also providing for the construction of his long promised border wall.
He wrote, in a tweet he has since pinned to the top of his profile page:
‘As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.’
Trump’s proposed wall remains both a logistical and a social nightmare no matter how many times he goes on about it.
For one, the wall is not exactly going to be a silver bullet to stop the illegal border crossings that do persist — and if it’s not going to be that, why exactly should we spend tens of billions of dollars on it again?
Secondly, the idea that we need to put a wall in between us and an entire country is racist no matter which way you look at it. Mexicans aren’t degenerates no matter how many times the president wants to assert otherwise.
Still, none of this is going to stop the president from pushing for his so-called immigration policy.
On Wednesday morning, he griped about a judge temporarily blocking the administration’s plans to end DACA, writing:
‘It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.’
This gripe mirrors other gripes of the president against the court system.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s whining below.
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