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Donald Trump wants a permanent DACA deal

September 6, 2017

  As you know by know, because quite frankly you can not avoid it, earlier this week Donald Trump announced he was repealing DACA but would hold off on implementing his new order for six months in order to allow the Congress time to come up with a solution. (We can question how the Congress is going to come up with a deal in six months when they have not been able to do so for five years.)

  The fear mongering, party of no Democrats have been seriously misrepresenting what the President did on DACA: they have made it sound as if deportations will start immediately and families will be ripped apart heartlessly by our white supremacist leader. But that is simply not true, in fact it is a lie. Because DACA was unilaterally implemented by the former President it can be repealed unilaterally by the current President but despite the protestations of the Democrats he did not do that, he gave them the chance to make it permanent.

  It seems pretty clear that Donald Trump is trying to force a not so willing Congress to finally act on comprehensive immigration reform. Despite his campaign promise, Donald Trump–I believe–supports DACA and today he stated he would like to see a permanent DACA solution. Supporters of DACA might ask why we need a permanent solution when DACA is already working as Barack Obama intended but the fact is it is facing legal challenges and even Dianne Feinstein admitted the program was on “shaky legal ground.” 

      So, in effect, because DACA is likely be found unconstitutional he might have done the only thing he could have done to save it in the long run. The Democrats should be happy. His base? Not so much… 

  As I said above, I honestly believe Donald Trump supports DACA and he is willing to sign legislation which includes a permanent, and Constitutional, version of DACA in return for more immigration reform.

  Here is more:

President Donald Trump repeated that he wanted to sign a deal on DACA, urging Congress to send him a bill to make it happen.

“Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One. “I really believe it — even very conservative members of Congress.”

He appeared willing to negotiate with Republicans and Democrats on a DACA solution — even willing to add border security funding to help sell the measure to offer amnesty to DACA recipients.

“I’d like to see something where we have good border security, and we have a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he said.

“I’d like to see a permanent deal, and I think it’s going to happen,” he said, pointing to momentum on the issue from both Republicans and Democrats. “I really believe that Congress is going to work very hard on the DACA agreement and come up with something.”

  I am not a fan of DACA, and more specifically the way Barack Obama implemented the program, but this might be the only chance we have to get the funding for a border wall and a crack down on illegal immigration. I still think it is highly unlikely we will ever see a wall but it gives us our best chance. I do not think we should expect to see people who took advantage of a policy which a former President put in place to be suddenly deported for taking advantage of the policy. It is simply not going to happen.

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