The actions of the little man from Alabama are at least as bad as his bigoted words.
Just a few short weeks ago, both Democrats and Republicans stood up for Jeff Sessions when Trump was attacking his attorney general on Twitter. Now, they may be having buyers remorse, because the actions of the little man from Alabama are at least as bad as his bigoted words.
On Tuesday, with glee, Attorney General Jeff Session announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as the DACA program, was over. And the approximately 800,000 children brought to America illegally by their parents would be thrown out of the country.
According to Sessions, children should be punished for the crimes of their parents, even if they are upstanding additions to society, taxpayers, and members of families born on American soil.
The Daily Beast reports,
The focus of Sessions’ announcement was that President Obama didn’t have the legal authority to implement that program in 2012… But then Sessions went a step further: He argued it was a bad policy… even saying that protecting DACA recipients from deportation caused a “humanitarian crisis.”
That can only mean that Sessions doesn’t think that tearing families apart and deporting ‘Dreamers’ back to counties they know nothing about is not a ‘humanitarian crisis.’
Sessions has a clearly bigoted view of immigration, as demonstrated by his remarks in a 2015 interview with Steve Bannon’s Breitbart website. As Right Wing Watch notes,
Sessions lamented current levels of legal immigration, pointing favorably to a 1924 effort that set strict quotas on immigrants based on their nation of origin, which heavily favored immigrants from largely white countries, and disparaging the 1965 immigration measure that undid that quota system.
The basis for Sessions’ argument is truly despicable, as Slate points out,
The Immigration Act of 1924 is one of the most infamously racist laws in American history, having been passed by advocates of Nazi-style eugenics in order to cut down on the number of Jews, Italians, and other allegedly inferior groups who were allowed into the United States.
Trump has been all over the map on how he feels about DACA and the ‘Dreamers’ that must now live in fear of being sent to countries as foreign to them as compassion is to Jeff Sessions.
Dreamers have a 6-month window before Sessions can start throwing them out of the country, unless congress can come up with a fix. Trump said he’d ‘revisit’ the DACA issue if congress fails to pass some kind of immigration legislation. But like so much of what the Tweeter-in-Chief says, no one really knows what that means.
In the mean time, 800,000 young people will live in fear of having their lives ruined, while the U.S. economy stands to lose ‘more than $400 billion,’ and taxpayers will be on the hook for deportation costs.
The Street added things up, and rescinding DACA is nothing short of a disaster from every angle.
A new study found that about 91% of DACA recipients are employed and ending the program means that the U.S. economy could endure a multibillion-dollar loss. “Removing DACA recipients from the workforce will cost $460.3 billion in GDP loss over a decade,” said an August report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and FWD.us, a pro-immigration group co-founded by Zuckerberg. “It will cost employers $3.4 billion in unnecessary turnover costs, and would cut contributions to Medicare and Social Security by $24.6 billion over a decade.”
If you thought Trump couldn’t find enough ways to screw up the country, you underestimated him.
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