You know that great economy Trump is always touting–the one that has continued to grow due to Obama policies being in place until Trump’s Congress can come up with policies and a budget of its own? That economy will take a huge hit if DACA is ended.
Donald Trump announced he is ending DACA, the program put in place under the Obama administration to protect approximately 800,000 Dreamers who were brought to this country illegally as children. To forestall any criticism of him being a heartless jackal, he’s given himself an out, directing Congress to come up with a solution within the next six months.
For all of his bluster about how great the American economy is doing under his administration, even though he’s really done nothing to further it, Donald Trump seems intent on destroying it so he can carry out one of his campaign promises. That promise, of course, is rooted in bigotry. Despite his pronouncements that he loves the Dreamers, Trump is intent on getting rid of DACA. In so doing, he will remove billions from the economy.
A study conducted earlier this year by the Center for American Progress estimates that rescinding DACA will result in the reduction of the gross domestic product (GDP) by $433 billion over the next ten years. That is nearly half a TRILLION dollars.
The burden would be spread unevenly across several states but all would feel the pain. California would face a loss of $11.3 billion annually, Texas would lose $6.2 billion (something that would be particularly painful in light of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey), and North Carolina would take a hit of $1.9 billion.
Republican lawmakers are not all on board with the move. House Speaker Paul Ryan has urged Trump not to end the program, and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch issued a statement on Friday urging the president to keep DACA in effect to continue to “protect individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here.”
On the state level, Republicans have launched a strong attack on the program. Ten Republican governors signed a letter in June urging Trump to end the program. They allowed that the permits already issued would be honored, but if by September 5 the program was not ended, they promised to file a legal challenge in a Texas court. The governors who signed on to the demand are from Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
The hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are as American as any other kid on the block; and, if deported back to wherever their parents fled, they would have no friends, no resources and without a doubt, would be bereft of hope.
Never mind that there are Dreamers like Alonso Guillen who literally gave his life to save flood victims in Houston. Never mind that they are perfectly willing to work hard, pay taxes and be contributing members of our society. Never mind that all they want is the opportunity to earn (not be given) citizenship in the only country they call home.
Trump said he isn’t out to deport anyone who hasn’t broken the law, but god help you if you are Hispanic and got a speeding ticket five years ago. That’s all it takes. A speeding ticket or murder, it’s all the same.
“As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion — but through the lawful Democratic process — while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve,” Trump said. “We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling and forgotten Americans.”
The words “unemployed, struggling and forgotten Americans” are thinly veiled code words for white Americans.
In the end, it still boils down to this: DACA was put in place by Barack Obama. Donald Trump hates Obama with a purple passion. Donald Trump is doing his utmost to erase Obama from the history books. But he can’t. And it makes him crazy – or crazier than he already is. In his heart of hearts, Donald Trump knows that Barack Obama will go down as one of the greatest presidents in American history, while Donald Trump has taken the crown for the worst. Each day cements that ranking, whenever he opens his lying, hateful, bigoted mouth.