The president, who creates his own reality, is once again trying to convince the nation to jump into his alternate universe. People simply are not that dumb, and it is an insult to assume that they are. This time, Donald Trump is going after DACA.
President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the summer of 2012. This deferred action was for undocumented young people whose parents or others brought them to the U.S. when they were children.
Now, Trump is trying to get DACA members to “go hard against Dems” and saying Latino people will fall in love with him:
‘Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.’
If 45 is all about “RESULTS,” what about him calling for an end of DACA in early September? The New York Times wrote:
‘President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling it an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress to pass a replacement before he begins phasing out its protections in six months.’
The New York Times reported that:
‘Democrats and some Republicans, business executives, college presidents and immigration activists condemned the move as a coldhearted and shortsighted effort that was unfair to the young immigrants and could harm the economy.’
What is DACA, anyway? The Immigration Equality website says:
‘Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship. And, it can be revoked at any time.’
The DREAM Act is necessary, and Immigration Equality says here is why:
‘Deferred action is only a temporary measure and is not intended to, and does not grant, legal status to the individuals that the DREAM Act seeks to benefit. Given that only Congress can confer the right to lawful permanent resident status or citizenship, it is essential that we continue to work towards the passage of the DREAM Act.’
In order to qualify for DACA, people must meet a strict and lengthy list of criteria. Applicants:
- Are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the U.S. while under the age of 16
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the
present. (For purposes of calculating this five year period, brief and
innocent absences from the United States for humanitarian reasons
will not be included)
- Entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa status
before June 15, 2012
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at
the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have
obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast
Guard or armed forces
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant
misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind and
- Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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