Tuesday, September 5, 2017

AG Sessions, subbing for Trump, just put DACA on death watch

Here are three reactions to Trump’s DACA action in advance of it.

The NY Times reporters weigh in On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path.

Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post conservative columnist) writes Ending DACA would be Trump’s most evil act.

Those headlines speak for themselves. My favorite reaction in advance of today is this by an Arizona State University student who reacts to the threats faced by DACA recipients in this Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) opinion piece, Killing DACA is a ‘violent white supremacist priority’.

Nov. 9, 2016, was a day when many people in the United States felt stunned and lost. I was one of those people, but my circumstances were a bit different. As a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, my future and my family’s seemed like a dark cloud of escalated deportations and hopelessness as we imagined everything we had fought so hard for being taken away.

As DACA recipients in Arizona we face twofold the fear and anxiety due to not only enduring attacks from the federal government, but our local elected officials, like Governor Doug Ducey who continues to stay silent in protecting our rights and our families. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who to this very moment continues his personal agenda to raise tuition rates for undocumented students to make education unattainable, in addition to continuing a case to eliminate our right to obtain driver’s licenses in Arizona. They have made it very clear time and time again – they do not have our backs. But if there is one thing that history has shown is that our resilience will always prevail.

Now, seven months since the inauguration and after the events of Charlottesville, the fate of DACA will be the first major policy test of the Trump administration. Trump said he would deal with undocumented youth “with heart,” but that is yet to be shown as he threatened to take DACA away the moment he took office on inauguration day and now with rumors of his administration wanting to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip for deporting our families. At the same time having his white supremacist White House aides pressuring him to end the DACA program and leaving 800,000 undocumented youth even more vulnerable to being chased down by ICE agents, locked in immigrant detention centers and deported. Killing DACA is a violent white supremacist priority.

Tuesday televised announcement on DACA

Now Scriber will be watching not Trump but his stand-in, AG Jeff Sessions, on live TV announcing Trump’s decision - about 2 minutes from now (scheduled for 8:00 AM Mountain time). Stay tuned …

Sessions now speaking.

DACA is “rescinded.”

Sessions repeatedly refer to the Dreamers as “illegal aliens.”

Sessions asserted DACA to be an “unconstitutional exercise by executive branch” that is outside the “Rule of law.”

Sessions presented legal arguments: DACA “vulnerable to legal challenges”, Immigration law by Congress “foreclosed DACA”, “Executive amnesty policy”.

Sessions also made socioeconomic arguments: “nothing compassionate about failure to enforce immigration law” resulting in crime, violence, terrorism. He rejects open borders - places limits on immigration - not everyone can come.

The bottom line: Department of Justice advises Homeland Security to wind down DACA. Trump’s decision allows a time period for congress to act if it should so choose. DACA will end in 6 months unless Congress acts.

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi reports this morning that 95% of the Dreamers are in school or are working. By threatening them with deportation, Trump and Sessions and Miller have created 800,000 fearful, distrusting people, people who obey the law and make valuable social and economic contributions to our society. Consider this: the AZ Chamber of Commerce opposed ending DACA as did 300 CEOs of some of the largest corporations (like Apple). Trump and Sessions are on the wrong side of history with their MAWA treatment of Dreamers.

Now will Congress answer the challenge? Its track record offers no great promise.

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