President Trump's DACA campaign promise

Is President Trump abandoning his campaign promise on DACA childhood arrival illegal aliens? On August 31, 2016, Donald trump said:

We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants, five million. And how about all the millions that are waiting on line, going through the process legally? So unfair.

So far, President Trump has granted amnesty to 125,000 illegals in 3 months. According to new data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Trump administration has issued 17,275 amnesty cards and over 107,500 renewals of existing status.

The initial reaction of patriotic immigration reformists is that of betrayal - President Trump is not following through on his campaign promise. However, there are good (but perhaps not sufficient) reasons why he may be taking no action at this time:

  • Childhood arrival illegal aliens are generally the most benign group of illegal aliens living in America. They probably are more assimilated than any other group of illegals.
  • Young childhood arrival illegal aliens truly had no say in their relocation. They were victimized by their parents who brought them here illegally.
  • The number of childhood arrival illegal aliens is relatively low.
  • The issue of childhood arrival illegal aliens is particularly sensitive. Any action President Trump takes will add fuel to the onslaught of attacks the President already faces.
  • As Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies, states:
" might even make sense to try to trade a real, lawful amnesty for the DACAs in exchange for important immigration changes only Congress can pass - specifically, universal E-Verify and cuts in legal immigration. In that case, announcing that renewals would continue until, say, the end of the year could be a powerful motivator for congressional Democrats."

Krikorian also observes that:

"But issuing new work permits to illegals who don't have them already makes no sense at all, either from a P.R. perspective or politically. My speculation is that the White House has no idea what to do about DACA and so is just letting it continue on autopilot - amnestying 192 new illegals a day."

Perhaps President Trump will halt renewal of DACA amnesty recipients in the near future.

No matter what action - or inaction - is taken by President Trump on childhood arrival illegal aliens, he should unconditionally halt illegal immigration that brings them to America in the first place.

We think President Trump has done well on the immigration issue in his first 100 days, and has appointed fair and unbiased (non-liberal) judges - which is absolutely crucial in dismantling the leftist open borders agenda.

Here is more information, including information on how DACA actually works.




Trump scraps Obama policy that protected illegal alien parents from deportation, New York Post, June 16, 2017.

Amnesty: DHS Kelly Spotlighted DACA Legal Problem As He Ended DAPA, ​by Neil Munro, Breitbart, June 16, 2017:

The administration’s announcement ending the so-called “DAPA” amnesty quietly cuts the legal legs off the still-operating “DACA” amnesty for younger illegals, despite left-wing claims that President Donald Trump has accepted former President Barack Obama’s DACA quasi-amnesty.

Amid the left-wing cheering, officials denied that Trump had accepted the DACA amnesty.

The “DAPA and DACA [amnesties] are two different programs … The fact that DACA was not rescinded by the same memo should not be interpreted as bearing any relevance on the long-term future of that program,” said a memo issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the Administration.”

For several months, administration officials, led by President Donald Trump, have suggested the DACA program will continue for some time...

In his June 15 statement announcing the end of DAPA, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly highlighted the lethal legal flaw in DACA when he said DAPA was indefensible in court and noted “I remind our officers that (1) deferred action, as an act of prosecutorial discretion, may only be granted on a case-by-case basis.”...

Both the DACA and DAPA amnesties are based on the unprecedented claim by President Barack Obama that agency officials have the authority to stop enforcing Congress’ laws against entire categories of people, providing the benefits were reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis...

But judges in the DAPA case noted there is little or no case-by-case review of amnesty awards to the beneficiaries in the DACA amnesty...

Trump’s Cancellation of DAPA Short-Circuits Court Proceeding, by Brendan Kirby, Polizette, June 17, 2017:

Thursday’s decision to rescind former President Barack Obama’s quasi-amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants short-circuits litigation that could have prevented a future administration from resurrecting it.

Obama created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program in 2014, but it never took effect because a federal judge in Texas blocked it, ruling that 26 states that sued were likely ultimately to win in court. The Supreme Court split 4-4 on the question last year, leaving the preliminary injunction in place while the litigants battled it out on the merits.

The decision to revoke Obama's executive order will end that case. While some immigration hawks cheered the move, others said it opens the door for a future administration to bring it back — perhaps with a Supreme Court more favorably disposed to allowing it.


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