Monday, September 4, 2017

Trump rumored to dump DACA ...

… in order to Make America White Again. That, according to Scriber’s usually unreliable sources, is the basis for the new logo on the white baseball caps being sold by Trump - MAWA. (End of satire.)

New York Times’ star line reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush report that Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA, With 6-Month Delay. Snippets follow.

President Trump is strongly considering a plan that would end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but only after giving Congress six months to come up with a potential replacement for the popular initiative, according to three administration officials briefed on the discussions.

Officials working on the plan stressed that Mr. Trump could still change his mind, and some key details had not yet been resolved. Among them: whether beneficiaries of the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, would be allowed to renew their protected status during the six-month period.

All that is going on in spite of the strong support for DACA from the public, lawmakers from both major parties, and industry execs. So what and who is driving the march toward dumping DACA?

The WH Press Secretary Sarah Suckabee Handers is not talking.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had no response to questions about the negotiations, other than to say Mr. Trump still intended to make some kind of announcement after Labor Day.

Who then?

Democrats and corporate leaders, as well as Republicans, have urged Mr. Trump to preserve the program, and public opinion polls have found overwhelming support for allowing the young immigrants to stay and work in the United States.

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his former aide, Stephen Miller, who is now the president’s top national policy adviser, have been pushing Mr. Trump to end the program. Both are immigration hard-liners who see ending DACA as a core campaign promise that the president must adhere to.

So what we have here is a president who it appears is willing to appease one-third of the country even though two-thirds of the country favor DACA.

If Trump follows through and does what is reported - ditching DACA with a 6-month delay - then he’s laid off his responsibility to Congress. Given the lousy track record of accomplishing anything favored by two-thirds of the voters, it is highly unlikely (Scriber thinks) that DACA will survive if Congress takes it on.

Now we wait for the announcement scheduled for tomorrow.

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