It's difficult to present yourself as a candidate who is going to bring God back to the office when even the Catholic church knows you're full of it.
On Tuesday, Trump officially ended DACA, the program that protected immigrants brought into the country illegally as children from deportation and provided them with work visas.
The program protected immigrants known as DREAMers, all of which have to meet certain requirements and have never committed a felony. It gave them a chance at a college education, entering the workforce, and starting a new life, one their parents chose to give them the opportunity to pursue through no active choice on the child's part.
Trump's decision to end the program has been seen by leaders of both parties as a despicable act of political suicide. The only people who would be pleased with it is Trump's base, who are down for dehumanizing immigrants no matter how they entered the United States.
Trump is likely confident his evangelical base will support him through thick and thin, but the Catholic Church might have just complicated that plan.
What's Happening Now:
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has just put forward their official condemnation of Trump's ending of the DACA program.
In their statement, they issued several scathing responses to Trump's decision, setting up their beliefs as those of God and of Americans, leaving Trump as the opposite. That's a large blow from an organization he's put a decent amount of stock in for support.
In their statement, USCCB points out a fundamental flaw in ending DACA: you could be sending home immigrants who have no experience with their “native country.” They speak English and have built their entire lives in America. Being sent to their “home countries” would bring no feeling of relief, just one of anxiety and dread.
According to the official statement:
“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education.”
The USCCB also said Trump has displayed a lack of “mercy and good will” and dismissed his actions as working directly against Scripture. In most cases, that wouldn't matter; our government does not run with a goal of fulfilling religious prophecy.
But Trump claimed that was the way he would govern.
They ended their statement by saying they would directly advocate for DACA youth.
So, now Trump has to handle not only his usual dissenters, but continuous open rebellion from inside of his own party, and now the confrontation of the Catholic church, led by a pope who has already expressed a frustration with him and his policies.
Let's see how much longer he can keep this up.