In a last ditch effort to shore up support with his bigoted base, Donald J. Trump has announced the end of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. His racist gambit is a betrayal of some 800,000 Americans who don’t have legal status but have lived in this country since birth, pay taxes, and call this country home.
The backlash against Trump’s transparent move has been bipartisan, and now Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has weighed in on the matter. In a statement released through his Twitter account, he zeroes in on the core immorality of revoking DACA, namely that children, through no fault of their own, are the ones being targeted. As he puts it, we must uphold “all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.” Targeting children is an overt attack on our best principles.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 5, 2017
McCain’s call for support of the DREAM Act is admirable. The proposed legislation would provide a path to citizenship for individuals who have lived in the United States for the majority of their life. It’s a practical, compassionate approach to the issue.
Trump’s actions, on the other hand, are detestable. It’s naked pandering to his xenophobic base, and at the same time weakens the nation. The people protected under DACA have a high rate of employment and a low rate of criminality. One estimate states that revocation of DACA could lead to a loss of some $460 billion over ten years. Clearly, the move to end DACA is not predicated on any kind of economic argument. It’s pure, unadulterated racism.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.