Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]
Danziger knows that ever since Donald Trump vowed not to deport the immigrant “dreamers” protected by Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival — as he did — they were inevitably doomed. Now one of them has alleged that he was deported last February, and is suing the Trump administration in federal court. And he judge who will hear his case? Gonzalo Curiel, calm and cool target of a racist verbal assault by Trump last year.
President Donald Trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on Tuesday.
Senior Trump aides are holding fast to their goal of strengthening immigration enforcement, the president’s chief campaign promise. They have examined at least two options that would not directly involve Trump, according to two immigration policy advisers to the White House: a lawsuit brought by states, and new legal guidance that details who is a priority for deportation.
During his presidency, Obama greatly expanded the U.S. deportation machine, overseeing a higher number of border patrols than any previous administration. That deportation machine is now being handed to Trump, whose administration is aggressively delivering on his fascist and white supremacist campaign pledges to slam the door on refugees and migrants.
Former President Barack Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which gave a reprieve from deportation to the Dreamers who qualify. But now the fear is that President Donald Trump will rescind that protection with his own order.
Far from targeting only “bad hombres,” as Trump has said repeatedly, his new order allows immigration agents to detain nearly anyone they come in contact with who has crossed the border illegally. People could be booked into custody for using food stamps or if their child receives free school lunches.
Immigrants and their families are deeply entrenched in America, which is why a wide range of interests pushed back when Trump let his orders fly. Mayors, police chiefs, legal scholars, refugee advocates, educators, and everyday citizens have all signaled their determination to resist his policies.
Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was a triumph of racial resentment and fears about demographic change, a primal scream from whites who are anxious about an America that is becoming increasingly diverse. But for all the xenophobia that Trump encourages, his supporters will be disappointed to learn that white Americans are headed, inexorably, for minority status, based on legal immigration and birth rates.
Trump is not expected to immediately launch raids targeting the students, but fears among so-called Dreamers could grow as Trump executes plans to deport more than 2 million immigrants with any kind of criminal records. In the process he’s inevitably going to sweep up many DACA students who will be unlikely to be able to protect themselves.
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
For years, progressives have wrung their hands over President Obama’s reluctance to more aggressively use executive authority to overcome congressional gridlock. Nonetheless, Obama’s steps will likely soon be imperiled by the incoming Trump administration and radical right-wing Republicans in Congress.
Media Matters reviewed how evening news programs on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC covered DACA from August 31 — when Trump announced he would put an end to the program — to December 15. Of the 20 segments on DACA during that time period, its economic impact was mentioned only once.
Strikes, protests and trainings are part of some immigrants’ ambitious, bold offensive in the coming struggles for justice in the Trump era.
The easiest immigration promise for Trump to fulfill is his vow to reverse Obama’s executive orders like DACA, which could be done with the stroke of a pen.
Trump will need to throw a tasty morsel to supporters, something to prove that he’s still their man. The easiest group to cast into that den will be the young people flourishing under Obama’s executive action on immigration.
In New York, thousands filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump’s gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted “Not my president.”
While the RNC featured the parents of victims killed by undocumented immigrants on stage, the DNC will include speakers who are undocumented immigrants themselves in order to shine a sympathetic light on their experience.
Maybe there is no antidote for the evolutionary proclivity to distrust those who don’t look or sound like us. But it is certainly true that those instincts would be less volatile if they were not continuously stoked and primed by pandering and opportunistic politicians, from the United States to Great Britain to Austria.
A tie, which is now more possible, would let stand an appeals court ruling that blocks the expanded DACA and DAPA program from taking effect.
Hillary would “go even further” on immigration policy than Obama while Jeb Bush is deferential, willing to “lose the primary to win the general.”