Poll: 69% (nice) of Republicans say Dreamers should stay in U.S.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump made it official that his plan for making America great again is to end the DACA program and jeopardize the future of the 800,000 individuals who were brought to America as children and given the chance to emerge from the shadows to obtain drivers licenses, get work visas, enroll in college, and pay income taxes. (Wow, how terrible!) On Wednesday, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll determined that the vast majority of Republican voters — 69 percent — disagree with #45 and support allowing these individuals to remain in the country. According to Politico:
A majority of voters, 58 percent, think these undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, should be allowed to stay and become citizens if they meet certain requirements — a sentiment that goes well beyond the existing DACA program. Another 18 percent think they should be allowed to stay and become legal residents, but not citizens. Only 15 percent think they should be removed or deported from the country.
Support for allowing these immigrants to remain in the U.S. spans across party lines: 84 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans think they should stay.
“Given the deeply polarizing nature of immigration issues, the broad support for allowing Dreamers to stay in the United States is notable,” said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “Just 24 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats say that Dreamers should be deported.”
Of course, being a Republican doesn’t automatically make one a Trump supporter. Politico’s poll took that fact into account and found that the numbers remained just about the same when looking specifically at Trump’s electoral base, noting that, “Two-thirds of self-identified Trump voters think the Dreamers should stay; only 26 percent think they should be deported.”
If you didn’t know that he was dangerously narcissistic, one could almost believe that Trump is deliberately trying to secure his position as Worst President Ever. He couldn’t even take the time to announce “his” decision himself; instead, in what could have been a scene from “Weekend at Bernie’s,” they propped up the puppet known as AG Jeff Sessions and made him do it — then hurried him out of the room before he could be asked any questions. (Seriously, has anyone checked to make sure that man has a pulse?)
Even worse, albeit totally expected, The New York Times reported that just an hour before the decision was announced (again, by Jeff Sessions), members of Trump’s administration feared that their boss “might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind.” Right on cue, Trump later tweeted this:
I look forward to working w/ D’s + R’s in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
Two important things to note here: If one looks at Trump’s track record and the issues he has decided to take on — healthcare, immigration, etc. — it becomes clear that his entire presidential agenda is based simply on undoing everything that Obama did. Which isn’t an agenda at all. It’s more like the guy in your office whose only contributions during a group meeting are to shoot down other people’s ideas without offering alternatives, and never having a bright idea of his own. Yeah, POTUS is that guy.
More importantly: Trump, especially via Twitter, is constantly distancing himself from the Republican party — as if he wasn’t the highest ranking one of them and the guy who has spent the past seven months repeatedly setting them up to spend all their time working to create policies that will always fail. Maybe he’s using his power to distract the country from other things like, I don’t know, special counsel investigations, colluding with Russia, and piss tapes.