Economist Paul Krugman Says Trump Ended DACA Because of Race

By on September 5, 2017
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Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has taken his anger at President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program to social media.

On Tuesday the Trump administration announced it would rescind the Obama-era program which enabled young undocumented migrants to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

The fate of nearly 800,000 young people, known as “dreamers,” has now been affected by the decision.

Krugman vented his frustrations on a Twitter thread on Tuesday:

“Even if you buy some of the more dubious anti-immigration arguments, none of them apply to the DREAMers,” Krugman wrote. “They’re not low-skilled. They’re not culturally alien — they grew up here! They didn’t break the law by coming, since parents brought them. Why punish them?”

For Krugman the obvious answer came down to race. “We know the answer, of course — it’s about race — making America white again — plus acting tough for the sake of acting tough,” he said.

A number of political figures and commentators have denounced Trump for rescinding DACA.

Nancy Pelosi tweeted: “Trump’s cowardice is on full display today. His cruelty must not stand!”

Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Subjecting Dreamers to mass deportation is part of the bigoted policies that are a cornerstone” of Trump’s administration.

Calling Trump’s actions immoral and unjust, Senator Bob Casey tweeted that, “Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy.”

As the decision to take away DACA was controversial even among Republicans, the White House has elected to delay the enforcement of the rescinding process for a period of six months.

As ABC News reports, Trump’s statement regarding DACA alluded to the difficulty of the choice. “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents,” the President said. “But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”