The end of last week saw our President again backtracking on his promise to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by agreeing with fellow Republicans that they would oppose addressing a legislative fix for the program as part of the end of year funding legislation, which needs to be passed by December 8, 2017 in order to avoid a government shutdown.
This disruptive move on behalf of Trump and his followers has further caused tension with Democrats, DREAMers (as DACA beneficiaries are known) and their supporters who are seriously focused on Congress passing a reasonable replacement to the DACA program to continue to protect the undocumented immigrant children brought here by their parents. The DACA program was cancelled by Trump and his administration at the end of August this year, leaving over 800,000 young people and their families at risk for deportation. For some of these children this means being forced back to a home that many have never known.
Los Angeles Immigration Attorney, Glenn Fogle, who is also an immigrant advocate with the Immigration Education Project, believes, contrary to popular belief, that the President and his administration will be to blame for possible government shutdown.
“It is not the fault of the Democrats or their groups of followers that the program that protected innocent children and their families was dismissed by Trump and his administration. Failing to have a legislative fix for DACA as a priority for either party is heaping unfathomable uncertainty on these children and young people and essentially sentencing them to a fate unknown,” said Fogle.
Many believe Congresswoman Judy Chu’s views speak for the majority of the Democratic party that while a spending bill has the hurdle of requiring 60 percent of the votes to pass that they have leverage and need to take advantage of it for a good cause.
“It’s the one time we’ll have leverage,” she said. “What are we going to do? Sit around twiddling our thumb and wait for next year when we won’t have any leverage? It doesn’t make any sense.” As reported by Jordain Carney with thehill.com earlier today.
The end of the year is right around the corner and if our president has shown us anything since taking office it is his behavior is unpredictable if not alarming when it comes to deciding what is best for the American people and this country.