The organizers of the Women’s March used Twitter to threaten President Donald Trump over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Thursday, saying they’ll make his life “impossible” if he dares repeal it.
“Dear @realDonaldTrump,” they wrote, “If you end DACA, we will make your life impossible. Signed, The 5 million who marched on January 21st #DefendDACA.”
In July, one of four national co-chairs of the Women’s March, Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, called for “jihad” against President Trump.
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Trump is reportedly planning to cancel former President Barack Obama’s executive order that created DACA, which grants work visas for 886,000 illegal immigrants and protects them from deportation. And he will likely act in the next few days, as several state attorneys general have threatened to sue by Sept. 5 if he doesn’t.
The response to the news that Trump is getting ready to end DACA has been angry, and threatening.
But supporters of the president haven’t hesitated to shoot back.
“Dear @womensmarch,” a Twitter user who goes by the name Jason Lloyd wrote in response to the Women’s March tweet. “If you stand in the way of us ending DACA, we will make your life impossible. Sincerely, 60 million Trump supporters.”
So-called DREAMers — who have been able to work in the U.S. and go to school and get driver’s licenses while being shielded from deportation — have also gotten aggressive, vowing to fight the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, and to fight any attempt by the Trump administration to use the DACA program to win support in Congress for his wall, or for any other immigration-related measures. (The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act granted conditional and often permanent residency to immigrant minors.)
The Arizona Republic quoted DREAMer Belen Sisa on Wednesday as saying she and the other DREAMers are “not going down without a fight.”
In June, then Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, who is now Trump’s chief of staff, told members of Congress that the administration didn’t see a way forward for DACA, given that the related program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which would have shielded parents of DACA recipients from deportation, was successfully challenged in federal court by a group of 10 state attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
It is estimated that there are 1.7 million illegal aliens in the U.S. who are either enrolled in DACA or are eligible.
Appearing on MSNBC on Friday morning, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said that those in the program are often described as college kids and as model citizens, but that in reality, they are a “cross-section” of the illegal immigrant population, and include those up to the age of 36, some of whom may have committed a crime.
“We shouldn’t have any illusion here,” Kobach said. “The DACA is a cross section of the illegal-alien population. There are criminals, and there are scholars. It’s not an especially higher-achieving cross section of the illegal-alien population.”
To be eligible for DACA, illegal immigrants must have been brought to the U.S. before the age of 18. But they don’t have to prove it.
“You simply assert that that’s when you came in,” said Kobach.
Trump had railed against DACA during his campaign for the presidency, and promised to end it if he were elected.
“We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants,” Trump said at one rally.
After he was elected, however, he seemed to soften, saying the issue of what to do with DACA was “a very difficult thing” for him, as he loves kids.
But Paxton and the nine other attorneys general, in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June, wrote that DACA, like DAPA, is unlawful because the executive branch “does not have the unilateral power to confer lawful presence and work authorization on unlawfully present aliens.”
Numerous news articles have told a different story about DREAMers than is often presented on television.
On June 28, a 23-year-old DREAMer, originally from El Salvador, brutally raped a woman in the gym of an apartment complex, leaving her with a bloodied head, broken nose, missing teeth, and severe facial injuries. The same DREAMer was charged with assaulting a 14-year-old the same day.
Numerous other DREAMers have been charged with and convicted of homicide, child sex assault, drug trafficking, DUI, and theft.
On Friday afternoon, President Trump said that he would be announcing a decision about the fate of DACA on Tuesday, following the Labor Day weekend.
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