On Tuesday, Sept. 5, political bedlam ensued across America as the Trump Administration announced that it would begin to “initiate a wind-down process” on President Obama’s executive memorandum known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Under the guise of prosecutorial discretion, President Obama established DACA to offer a two-year renewable “period of deferred action and eligibility to request employment authorization” to illegal immigrants who have resided in the United States since June of 2007 and were under the age of 16 at the time of entry.
President Trump’s executive order rescinding DACA would allow current DACA recipients to renew permits by Oct. 5, 2017, set to expire on March 5, 2018. The Department of Homeland Security will recognize these permits for their full two-year lifespan. The window between now and March 5, 2018, allows Congress time to act if they wish to offer a legislative solution for DACA recipients.
Before the ink was even dry on the Trump’s executive order rescinding the June 2012, DACA memoranda, politicians and political activists on the left responded in hyperbolic fashion. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that “Trump just gave a masterclass in cowardice.” President Obama issued a lamenting statement proclaiming that “Ultimately, this is about basic decency.” A senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre for MoveOn.org stated on MSNBC that rescinding DACA “would be enforcing – advancing a white supremacy agenda.”
Many college administrators joined the chorus of outrage over Trump’s DACA decision, issuing statements against the President’s policy decision and pledging to protect current DACA-recipients attending their institutions. President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez of Queens College in New York issued the following statement:
After his emotional appeal which proclaimed that students would be torn away from their families and “the only country they have ever known,” Rodriguez went on to proclaim that Queens College would continue to offer support services for immigrant students and promote congressional action.
Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) President Joe Bertolino responded in kind stating that “As a university community committed to social justice, it is incumbent on us to reach out to our friends and colleagues and offer the assurance that we are standing by them at an emotional, stressful time.”
President Bertolino went on to state that “protocols are in place in the event that federal immigration enforcement officers should come to Southern seeking information or access to a student” furthering the fear among community members that immigration enforcement would begin door to door mass deportations as a result of the Trump administration’s directive.
College administrators have proven time and again that virtue signaling and social justice are more important than actually promulgating a policy that would protect their students. Over the past five years, administrators have built up university infrastructures like SCSU’s Undocumented Student Support Team among other services for DACA enrollees. This, although on face value seems like a welcoming gesture, created a false sense of security behind what administrators and proponents of DACA knew all along: DACA is not law and had a high probability of being overturned by the courts or by an incoming Republican administration.
The genuine push for congressional action on DACA should have been years ago. It is disingenuous to virtue signal on the backs of DACA-recipients after spending years doing nothing to progress their protection under the law.
College administrators looked completely insincere over their faux outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA. Just days before the announcement on Sept. 1, President Trump stated “we love the DREAMers (DACA-recipients)” to reporters before his disaster relief briefing. On the night September 5, 2017, after the administration announced its decision to rescind DACA, President Trump tweeted “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!.” President Trump was clearly seeking to establish a legislative fix to give protection for DACA recipients and would not commit to acting against them if Congress failed to act.
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
Two days following Trump’s executive order, the President tweeted, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!” after speaking on the phone with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It was clear Trump would be working across the aisle to promote legislation to give protection for DACA-recipients.
Trump’s persistence to show that he wanted DACA enshrined in law didn’t end here. On September 13, 2017, not two weeks after the announcement, President Trump had dinner with Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer. Following the dinner, Pelosi and Schumer issued a joint statement proclaiming that “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly”. The following day the President in Fort Myers, Florida agreed with the Democrat’s sentiment and repeated the common University Administrator’s talking point that,“We’re talking about — we’re talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here, people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.”
It is clear that although President Trump issued an executive memorandum to rescind DACA, he had no intention of removing protections for the 790,000 DACA-recipients.
It is disingenuous to infer malice when President Trump has done more in the past two weeks to further a legislative fix for DACA-recipients than the Obama Administration, campus administrators, and liberal activists actualized in the past eight years despite at times having legislative control of the government.
The university outrage was instant but unfounded. It is evident here that college administrators and left-wing politicians were more intent on creating a political maelström and virtue signaling than furthering a policy that would actually help DACA recipients.
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