Trump continues Obama's DACA for DREAMers. How patriotic Trump fans can respond.
In a move that won't surprise anyone who's been reading this site, the Donald Trump administration has decided to continue Barack Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" ("DACA") program. Obama created that program when he wasn't able to pass the DREAM Act; DACA was Obama's amnesty-by-fiat for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. DACA is horrible public policy that harms American students and workers and foreign countries. And, Trump is continuing it.
From the DHS press release (link):
Q. Does this mean that DACA recipients will not be able to apply for a three-year work authorization, as established in the DAPA memorandum?
A. DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012 memorandum. DACA recipients who were issued three-year extensions before the district court’s injunction will not be affected, and will be eligible to seek a two-year extension upon their expiration. No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.
The DHS did rescind Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents ("DAPA") but that means absolutely nothing since that had already been blocked by the courts shortly after Obama enacted it. DACA and the DREAM Act are what matter: both are anti-American and will harm struggling foreign countries as detailed on the DREAM Act page (where you can also find several past instances of Trump indicating his support for those anti-American measures).
So, how did this happen when Trump is so very tough on immigration? In fact, as detailed here since August 2015, he isn't that tough at all: he just talks tough. His inclination is to support mass immigration, not to restrict it. He's able to fool lots of people, but maybe some of them will wake up after this action.
Trump supporters made it easy for Trump to do what he did (and the other things) because their "model" is wrong. They only know two settings: loving Trump unreservedly and worshiping him with a religious fervor, or hating him. They can't conceive of their being alternative settings such as "trust but verify". Trump fans skipped the "verify" step. Trump fans do the same with other leaders, like Ann Coulter. To fans of Trump, Coulter, and the rest, criticism is apostasy.
The great majority of Trump fans tend to be more patriotic to him than to the USA. Some will reject that, but they'll keep enabling Trump as he pushes policies - like DACA - that harm the USA. If Trump fans want to be more patriotic to the USA than to Trump, show it. That doesn't mean rejecting Trump entirely, it could include liking and supporting Trump, but also demanding he does a better job.
For the patriotic Trump fans out there, you can get to Trump through his leading supporters like Coulter. If they feel enough heat, Trump will feel enough heat. If those leaders try to corral you into supporting an anti-American amnesty simply because Trump does, then use the arguments at the DREAM Act link above against them. You can accurately portray them as people who support anti-American policies and use that to undercut them to their other fans. Demand that pro-Trump leaders demand that Trump uses the arguments at the DREAM Act link, rather than his childish justifications for supporting amnesty. If a pro-Trump leader says Trump has no choice and can't deport DREAMers, point out that's wrong: someone like Trump could easily create a repatriation program that would induce DREAMers to return home and he could get their own countries to welcome them. Some pro-Trump leaders will say we can't do mass deportations and point out they're using a strawman argument: DREAMers can be helped and encouraged to return home on their own over time.
In brief: stop being a sucker for Trump and his leading supporters. Start demanding they serve the national interest.