A Dream Deferred

“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded.” So said Jeff Sessions as he delivered President Trump’s message that he’d be ending DACA — with a six month delay to give Congress time to deal with the latest passed buck. (Apparently, they alone can fix it.) The move has been met with widespread condemnation, from both sides of the aisle.

+ FiveThirtyEight: Congress probably has the votes to make DACA law. But that doesn’t mean it will.

+ Buzzfeed: How DACA became an orphan in Trump’s White House.

+ Obama: “Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.”

+ Josh Davis: Why Trump should welcome Dreamers.

+ Houston Chronicle on a Dreamer who died trying to rescue people during Harvey (his mother has been denied entry into the US for his funeral.)

+ A few stats about Dreamers: A majority of voters in both parties think Dreamers should be allowed to stay. Dreamers are more likely to have a college degree than the average American. 97% of DACA beneficiaries are in school or employed. (Whether DACA stays or goes, the debate shifts time and attention away from non-imaginary dangers facing America, and adds to an ongoing storyline about threats that don’t exist. That storyline is ripping America apart.)

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