Trump to reportedly extend DACA deadline if Congress can’t get its shit together
Approximately six weeks after announcing his plan to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — an Obama immigration policy that currently grants 800,000 people who were brought to America as children the chance to come out from the shadows to obtain work visas and drivers licenses, go to college and pay income taxes — evil Disney queen Donald Trump is pretending that, if he had a heart, there would be a soft spot on it for Dreamers (the same 800,000 people he wanted to see go away less than two months ago). Late Thursday night, The Washington Post reported that the president has said he will extend the cited March 5, 2018 deadline for repealing the act if Congress can’t come to an agreement:
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Trump told him he was willing to “give it some more time”… if Congress does not pass legislation extending protections before time is up.
“The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We put a six-month deadline out there. Let’s work it out. If we can’t get it worked out in six months, we’ll give it some more time, but we’ve got to get this worked out legislatively,’” Lankford said outside a town hall here Thursday night.
Trump did not specify how long an extension might last, Lankford said.
“He wants a legislative solution,” the senator said. “His focus was, ‘We’ve got to get a legislative solution.’”
Frankly, I’d be surprised if Trump actually used the word “legislative,” let alone knows what it means. (This is the man who did not know what the 25th Amendment was — which Democrats could have used to their advantage by saying they were against it, thus ensuring that Trump would demand it.)
In the weeks since revealing his plan to end DACA, Trump — in true great presidential fashion — has flip-flopped on the matter. While some White House officials have (unsurprisingly) claimed that Trump didn’t truly grasp the concept of DACA when he decided to kill it, his stance seemed to soften after having a reportedly productive dinner with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in September.
Last week, it was reported that 36,000 DACA recipients missed the October 5 deadline to renew their applications, with more than 10 percent of those people in areas affected by the recent spate of hurricanes.
During a town hall meeting on Thursday night, Lankford expressed his personal support for DACA, telling the crowd that, “These are kids that have grown up here. I’m not interested in deporting them and kicking them out. But I’m also not interested in them ending up in a limbo status on this.”
After the meeting, WaPo wrote that Lankford was approached by several young people who were in attendance, and wanted to talk more about the president’s plans for DACA:
“I was trying to set them at ease and to say, ‘This is going to get worked out. The president’s even said to me, we’re going to get this worked out and find a solution to this legislatively,’ ” he said.
Jordan Mazariegos, 24, a dreamer who is studying at accounting at Oklahoma State University, was not fully reassured.
“I don’t know,” he said after hearing the comments. “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Even if Trump does end up giving the DACA program a stay of execution, it doesn’t change the fact that he seems to hate Puerto Ricans.