Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Donald's Acting Cruelly Again

Vulgarmort is as it again, he sent his house-elf Jeff Sessions to announce that he's planning to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Barack Obama instituted to provide undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors protection from deportation, the ability to obtain drivers' licenses and work permits, and (it is hoped) a pathway to citizenship.

Barack Obama described DACA in terms of basic decency, something that Vulgarmort lacks:

"We shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us."

The 'Dreamers' who have benefitted from DACA are English-speaking and American-schooled... they have been vetted, checked for any possible criminal backgrounds or threats to the Republic. These are not unscrutinized individuals, they are assets to their local and state communities and the broader national community, exactly the sort of persons we Americans should welcome into the fold.

As is typical, Vulgarmort's timing is bad- his proclamation comes on the heels of a dreamer dying while engaged in post-Harvey rescue efforts (a case of Mexico sending us her best) and prior to a Houston reconstruction effort that will most likely require immigrant labor. As an aside, a Democratic congressperson should propose an 'American Jobs Only for Houston Recovery' act in Congress just to show up Republican hypocrisy.

I am pro-immigrant, I have many immigrant friends, I value the contributions of immigrants to American culture. I feel that this rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is cowardly, bigoted, and cruel. I make it a point not to inquire the legal status of my immigrant friends and neighbors, so I don't know if any of my friends will be impacted by this action, but I would hate to think that people I care for would be deported just so some rich, incompetent ogre can claim some sort of victory.


bowtiejack said...

In the basket of snakes that is Damaged Donald's psyche, there's a big yellow one labelled "cowardice". Consistent themes in his life have been: (1) never taking responsibility for anything, it's ALWAYS someone else's fault; and (2) ALWAYS putting any unpleasant jobs off on someone else, like firing someone or screwing the Dreamers over.

That "You're fired!" business on The Apprentice (which incidentally were all scripted by the writers) was really just him getting to cosplay being the executive he could never actually be in real life. There is a word for this sort of thing and that word is "pathetic".

mikey said...

Cruel and bigoted? Absolutely. But not stupid - at least not if you use the oatmeal and worms that constitute Donald's brain as the basis for thinking about it. It actually affects less than a million people, and it makes the hateful, drooling hillbillies that constitute his base love him all the more. Like the military ban on Trans enlistment, it's a small act of oppression and institutional prejudice that will support him politically.

Remember, if the Congress sent him the exact same DACA policy as a bill, he'd sign it. It's not about policy - he has no idea about policy - it's all about messaging, signalling and claiming 'wins'....

koi seo said...

like firing someone or screwing the Dreamers over.