September 4, 2017

The Dream has Ended

Again, much of the Trump presidency has been a pleasant surprise to this non-supporter. I was wrong about some things and insufficiently appreciative of others.

Yet I am astonished at news that he is ending DACA. I roll my eyes at "The Wall," but get it. I think the "Kate's Law" concerns about non-citizen predators represent misguided attention to statistics and risk but, okay, you want to deport criminals, have fun stormin' the castle.

I have also been critical of the President's opponents: they tend to oscillate between irrational and completely crazy. But they are right this time. We will see a parade of talented and productive young people who only know life in America and are making great contributions toward her. The President's supporters can call them cherry-picked but they are in fact representative.

All the things going on today, and President Trump is going to deport productive people who came here as children. He is going to steal their labor from their employers, tuition from their teachers, rent from their landlords. To be in the program, these people have to have clean records. All to pander to a cruel populist section of his base.

Bad policy, bad economics, bad politics -- and cruel effects.

Immigration Posted by John Kranz at September 4, 2017 10:51 AM

"Slow down, lie, I'm still tying my shoes," truth said.

If President Trump had refused to act, many States were prepared to pursue litigation to end DACA by court order.

Under the change announced today, current DACA recipients generally will not be impacted until after March 5, 2018, six months from now. That period of time gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions.


The DACA program was never intended to be permanent—even President Obama admitted it was a temporary, extraordinary measure. And President Obama repeatedly recognized that such unilateral actions were in excess of the Executive’s appropriate role.

But I'm not surprised if none of this was reported by "the news."

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2017 4:17 PM

I do not believe any part of my post qualified as "a lie." Yes, I said "end" instead of "phase out in six months." But I think if you were going to be deported to a country which you had not seen since you were a toddler, the idea that it would not happen for six months would be little relief. "Oh, not 'till March? Whew -- I was concerned for a moment."

Immigration being important to me, I was aware of each of your truths -- and I'll add executive overreach on your side. It is still bad.

Need I quote Milton Friedman here on the August pages? "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." I think we can safely say that had we elected President Hillary Clinton it would be mysteriously extended. Likewise President Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker...)

These people are -- by definition -- the last people you ask to leave. Productive, non-criminal, residents without culpability for their crossing and little connection with their place of birth.

You get to these when you're being cruel. Or you start with them to prove a point.

Posted by: jk at September 5, 2017 6:03 PM

Or you start with them to create an intractable problem.

"Every president since Ronald Reagan, since 1986, has said hands off on these folks," Napolitano explained. "The only president that reduced that to writing in a series of 12 executive orders was Barack Obama. And when those 12 executive orders were challenged in court, the court invalidated them, saying this is for Congress to do."

He said if Obama had dealt with this "quietly and under the radar screen" as his predecessors had done, there would be nothing for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to invalidate.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2017 3:44 PM

Also, I didn't mean anything you said was a lie, only that the media talking points that helped work you into a lather are, if not lies, intentionally misleading demagoguery.

And it has gotten "halfway around the world" already.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2017 4:15 PM | What do you think? [4]