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White House Ducks DACA Questions
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged questions Thursday about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — specifically reports that President Trump may be thinking of ending the program, which currently protects approximately 800,000 undocumented children from being deported.
“No offense to your colleague from Fox News,” Sanders said at a press briefing Thursday, “but I think I’m a little bit better informed than they are in terms of when the White House has made a decision. And as I just said a moment ago, it has not been finalized and when it is, we will certainly let you know.”
Earlier this year, President Trump addressed DACA but didn’t give an indication on how he would approach the program.
“DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me, I will tell you,” he said. “To me it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have, because you have these incredible kids, in many cases. Not in all cases; in some of the cases they’re having DACA and they’re gang members and drug dealers, too. But you have some absolutely incredible kids. I would say mostly.”
Trump touted his tough stance on immigration during his campaign, and doing away with DACA would be a serious blow to undocumented children who have depended on the program to stay in the country. These children didn’t ask to come to the country illegally but found themselves here as the result of someone else’s choice.
But that doesn’t matter to the radical right. They have been brainwashed to believe that anyone who isn’t white is to blame for what’s wrong in America, and their fear has been stoked to a fever pitch by the President. Trump may not be able to get his border wall through Congress, and if he doesn’t, deep-sixing DACA would likely be his consolation prize.