Is Trump’s attack on DACA and 800,000 DREAMers an early sign of a war against diversity?
Since last week, DREAMers and those who advocate for immigrant rights have been waiting on the edge of their seats for Trump to announce the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Approximately 800,000 immigrants who were brought to America as children rely on DACA to keep them from deportation.
DACA provides those eligible with renewable two-year deportation deferrals along and the ability to obtain a work permit in the US. With squeaky clean records, high school educations (many go on to pursue a higher education), and the ability to contribute to society and the economy; DACA beneficiaries are model citizens- only without citizenship.
“Dreamers share our values and strengthen our nation. Their courage is American to its core,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, defending America’s 800,000 DREAMers.
Trump has been threatening to end DACA since his 2016 campaign, catering to the whims of his conservative Republican supporters. Many are considering his attack on DACA an attack on people of color, yet another regressive action in his presidency that has enabled hate and discrimination.
Succeeding other anti-immigration policies such as his ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump’s vow to end the DACA program appears to be the next step in his anti-immigration agenda.
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On Tuesday, Trump confirmed that he is ending DACA with a six-month delay to allow Congress the opportunity to amend or legalize the program.
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do),” Trump tweeted. “If they can't, I will revisit this issue!”
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
Following the administration’s announcement of DACA’s fate, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez put the president on blast for his decision to end the program, calling him the ‘Champion of Cruelty’, a label Trump proven himself worthy of in the past eight months of his presidency.
“Rescinding DACA is the latest tactic in the Republican playbook to promote hate and discrimination. Because of the Republican Party, DREAMers will lose their ability to go to work and contribute to their communities. Deportations will tear families apart and drive immigrants back into the shadows,” Perez commented on Trump’s decision.
With no morally justifiable rationale to end DACA other than the program’s ‘legality’, many have come to the conclusion that this decision is a personal vendetta against people of color. Some have even gone as far to suspect Trump of having white-nationalist ideologies.
As Trump and his administration continue to wage war on America’s diversity, those who value the contributions of immigrant America will fight his agenda every step of the way in order to protect the American Dream.
“And as Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues try to trample on the American Dream, we will continue to fight for the immigrant families who contribute to our country every day,” Perez said, denouncing the end of DACA.