President Donald Trump’s war on immigration clearly shows no signs of slowing down. The last month saw a lot of activity from Trump and his Administration.
We saw targeted raid attacks on sanctuary cities because Trump felt the need to show his dissatisfaction at the pushback from various heavily populated immigrant cities deemed to be light on illegal immigration and its cooperation with federal authorities. We saw the administration bring about the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program that protected hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought here by their parents who do not have legal status. We have also seen attempts to carry out threats against sanctuary cities to cut funding in an effort to force these cities to cooperate with Trump’s hardline immigration proposals.
In classic childlike fashion Trump has begun to take even more drastic measures to pander to his voter base. As local law enforcement from all over the country continue to take a stand against some of Trumps hardline immigration decisions, the administration responds with a stance of his own.
After Trump supposedly reaching “a deal” with the Democratic leadership to protect the “Dreamers” (as the DACA recipients are known) the Administration now says among other things it will refuse to protect them unless it gets a southern border wall, 10,000 new immigration agents, tougher laws on asylum seekers as well as eliminating visas for close family members of immigrants and a right to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities. This was announced by the White House press release on October 8, 2017 called, “Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities.”
“This act of using the protection of innocent people brought here as children to force America to abide by his attempts to further destroy an already failing immigration system is outrageous,” said top Los Angeles immigration attorney Glenn Fogle.
Fogle continued, “It is no secret we are living in very dire times where one cannot be too careful when it comes to this country’s safety when considering the types of people we allow to come here. But to use those brought here as innocent children as a bargaining chip to force the agenda of a president who has only brought about more division since taking office cannot be our solution as a nation,”
According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 30,000 dreamers failed to meet a Trump-imposed deadline earlier this month to renew their status in the DACA program. This means they may very well be exposed to enforcement actions, including arrest and deportation.
Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of the progressive think tank NDN in Washington, D.C., remarked of Trump’s immigration policies, “Republicans will say he’s just honoring campaign promises, but history will not judge Donald Trump on kept promises, but on whether he left America a stronger country.”