Nativism Watch

Anti-immigrant groups want to end DACA, and that’s only their first draconian step

Imagine2050 Staff • Jan 25, 2017

While Trump administration officials over the weekend questioned inauguration crowd size figures and whether facts are actually facts, the organized anti-immigrant movement had other complaints.

They began publicly questioning why the new president had not yet halted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deportation relief program.

During the presidential run, Trump’s campaign website published an immigration platform that included a call to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties.” These so-called amnesties are actually two deferred action programs to protect young immigrants (DACA) and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens (DAPA) from deportation. DAPA was never implemented due to litigation in noted anti-immigrant ideologue Andrew Hanen’s Texas court.

Four days into his presidency, Trump has not signed executive orders repealing either program. And anti-immigrant groups are now pressuring the White House to do so. On Monday, anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA sent an email to supporters announcing it was launching a Twitter campaign urging President Trump to end the programs. “There have indeed been several very troubling indications over the last two days that cause concern,” the email reads. “But let’s make sure that Pres. Trump and his staff are absolutely clear that we back them in ending DACA. And that we fully expect them to do so.”

Meanwhile, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) lamented to The Daily Beast that the White House’s inaction “is a broken promise.”

Ending DACA would be a mostly symbolic victory for the organized anti-immigrant movement, yet would have devastatingly real consequences for so many. The anti-immigrant movement has ambitious plans to implement broader anti-immigrant policies nationwide: policies that would tear families apart, terrorize immigrant communities, and deny refuge to the world’s most vulnerable. According to multiple sources, many of these very plans will be initiated today in a series of draconian immigration-related executive orders.

White House advisor Reince Priebus has signaled during media appearances that the administration is looking to work with Congress to create a solution for DACA beneficiaries. Such proposals will almost surely be opposed by the anti-immigrant movement and its allies in Congress. If anything, the anti-immigrant movement is predictable in opposing any policy that would benefit immigrants and immigrant communities.

In the meantime, join us in countering the organized anti-immigrant movement’s efforts and tweet your support for defending DACA and the hundreds of thousands who currently benefit from the program. And commit to showing up for each and every immigrant and refugee targeted by Trump and the anti-immigrant movement, whether or not they are a DACA recipient.

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