Trump Is Still Granting Daca And It's Angering Some Of His Supporters

Tue, May 2, 2017
lt TAG START player "HuffPost Default Player Click to Play", for "Huffington Post" lt TAG END date 5117 WASHINGTON The antiundocumented immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC initially gave President Donald Trump until Tax Day to end a program they consider ldquoamnesty,rdquo or else they would revoke their endorsement. When he didnrsquot, they gave him more time. If he didnrsquot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in his first 100 days as president, they said, theyrsquod pull their support. That deadline was Saturday he still hadnrsquot ended it. On Tuesday, ALIPAC president William Gheen finally did it He said the organization no longer supports Trump. ldquoWhile we may be one of the first groups representing Trumprsquos base on immigration issues to leave the fold, we wonrsquot be the last,rdquo Gheen wrote in an open letter on ALIPACrsquos website. ldquoALIPACrsquos announcement about Trump will be considered as a warning sign among many American patriots that we have been lied to, misled, and betrayed, and our warning will have far reaching implications for the Trump administration and his band of proAmnesty advisors and cabinet members.rdquo The decision is somewhat symbolic the 2020 election is still years away, and ALIPAC gave no money to federal candidates last campaign cycle, although Gheen says they have tens of thousands of supporters on an email list. But it illustrates a growing frustration from many immigration hawks over Trumprsquos failure to follow through on some of his promises, in particular ending DACA. Conservatives have cut him slack on ending the program for months, but their patience may run out. Trumprsquos continued support for DACA is a clear broken promise. He said he would end the ldquounconstitutionalrdquo program that gives twoyear work permits to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and he hasnrsquot. Instead, his administration has continued to grant permits and has said undocumented young people who entered the country as children arenrsquot a priority for deportation. What youve got now is The wall is dead and DACA is alive. Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies Some immigration hawks believe hersquos saving it as a bargaining chip but theyrsquore not sure what hersquos hoping to trade it for. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the organization Federation for American Immigration Reform, said he is happy with some of the presidentrsquos other actions and knows everyone cannot get what they want right away. But he believes DACA was unconstitutional, and as such, the president shouldnrsquot continue it. FAIR does not endorse candidates.nbsp ldquoThere are so many things out there that need to be done and you have to look at the whole picture, not just one small aspect,rdquo Mehlman said. ldquoThat said, itrsquos something that he did promise. ... We still think the president should act on his campaign pledge.rdquo Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, another restrictionist group that does not endorse candidates, said itrsquos ldquoinexcusablerdquo that the Trump administration is giving out new DACA work permits. He said he understands the difficulty of ending DACA and that it may be used as a future bargaining chip, but that doesnrsquot mean it should be granted to people beyond those who already have it. The Trump administration did not provide figures for how many people have been granted DACA during his time in office the most recent figures published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services run only through the end of 2016. Therersquos also the matter of the border wall another top Trump campaign promise that hit a setback this week when lawmakers made a deal on a government funding bill that didnrsquot include money for it. Krikorian said he isnrsquot even a major booster of the wall although he doesnrsquot oppose it but since Trump made it a top priority, it hurts his credibility. Instead of fighting for the funding, Trump ldquoassumed the fetal positionrdquo and was defeated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer DN.Y., Krikorian said. He likened it to former Vice President Joe Bidenrsquos famous line about Osama bin Laden and General Motors. ldquoWhat yoursquove got now,rdquo Krikorian said, ldquois lsquoThe wall is dead and DACA is alive.rsquordquo This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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