Yesterday, in his most nihilistic, cruelest act yet as president, Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program which shields the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Most of these children have lived in the United States their entire lives and know no other homes.
The move is nothing but a transparent attempt to shore up support with his bigoted base. Those protected under DACA pay taxes, aren’t criminals, and contribute as productive members of society. It makes no economic sense to deport them, to say nothing of the stunning immorality behind Trump’s gambit.
Now, Vicent Fox Quesada, former president of Mexico and a consistent critic of Trump, has a released a video slamming Donald’s hateful, xenophobic announcement.
“Trump, you have failed America. Canceling DACA? It is the worst action you have ever done against the ones that cannot defend themselves,” Fox Quesada begins, and it only gets worse from there.
In the tweet used to send the video out, Fox Quesada also attacks Trump’s cowardice. The reality television star sent out his racist lapdog Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to announce the end of DACA. Fox Quesada says the decision to hide behind his subordinate shows that Trump didn’t have the “balls” to do it himself.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) September 6, 2017
Fox Quesada is correct that Trump can’t block our national progress forever. A more diverse U.S.A. is inevitable and is something that should be fostered and encouraged. Trump may be using every despicable tool at his disposal to forward a white nationalist agenda, but the regressive measures will fail in the end. This country is better than Trump, and eventually, we will start to remember it.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.