A PARTIALLY BROKEN CAMPAIGN PROMISE I CAN LIVE WITH

Candidate Donald Trump promised to deport the children of illegals, who have lived here all, or virtually all, their lives and know no other country but the United States.

We’re talking about millions of young people here, who did not, themselves, break the law.

As President, however, Mr. Trump is suddenly taking a more circumspect view of things.

Excerpted from Max Greenwood’s article at thehill.com:

 The Homeland Security Department announced on Thursday that it was formally rescinding an Obama-era program intended to allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States.
The decision would rescind the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which never actually went into effect because of legal challenges.
The move does nothing to change the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, a controversial Obama program that allows children who entered the United States illegally to remain in the country.

President Obama’s DAPA program never saw the light of day, but was being litigated by the administration.  That is now ended.

But DACA – which, it should be noted, is far from a “congratulations, now you’re a citizen” pass, but has a number of stringent requirements, stays in effect.

What are those requirements?  Click here to read them.  You’ll quickly see what I mean.

If this situation were in its early stages, that would be one thing.  But, as noted above, President Trump has unceremoniously been handed a beyond-huge mess in progress.

Deporting the young people who meet the DACA criteria would be legal.  But, given the sheer number of them – again, not of President Trump’s doing –  and the fact that they have lived their lives here, it would be an absolute mess to facilitate which would clog our courts for years and years to come.

So, it appears, Mr. Trump, presumably in recognition of these facts, will partially break his hardline campaign promise.

Under the circumstances, I can’t say I blame him.

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