Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the current administration will be ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program in six months. The program protects young undocumented children from deportation. It is estimated that the program shields 800,000 immigrants, all of which may face a new reality once the program ends.
DACA was implemented by former President Obama which angered many on the right. But now it appears there is strong opposition to Trump’s decision, even among fellow Republicans. Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake from Arizona have come out against the White House’s decision. “President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border” McCain said in a statement. Even Rush Limbaugh has come out against ending DACA. Yes, Rush freakin Limbaugh.
President Trump was driven by a concern for “the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system” he said in a statement. If you can figure out what that means let me know. He continued on to say that the program was taking away job opportunities from Americans. One day immigrants are taking our jobs, the next they are mooching off welfare. It’s so hard to keep up with this narrative. In reality, the majority of economists are in agreement that undocumented immigrants result in a net gain for the U.S economy. Many DREAMers pay into social security, and other various taxes like sales and property taxes. For everything they contribute in taxes, they get less in return as undocumented immigrants don’t qualify to receive social security and other government benefits.
There is no statistical evidence to support ending DACA. The theory that it will boost U.S employment and wages does not hold water. It’s just another example of Trump and the White House’s evil intentions to cater to their base that live in constant fear of anybody that looks or acts differently than them. History will not look back kindly on actions like the one made yesterday. Nearly one million people that have called the U.S their home and contribute to society are now facing possible deportation. Have we made America great yet?