Democrats’ DACA Scam: Keeping Dreamers In Limbo For Political Power

DACA Dreamers, don’t be fooled. Democrats’ efforts to “save” you from deportation appear compassionate and feel new. But they actually have much to do with political calculation and appear to be yet another page from the playbook they’ve been using for almost a decade now to keep your status in suspension.

In 2009, Democrats controlled the White House with a popular new president, controlled the House with a substantial majority and even had a near-filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

They could have helped the Dreamers then, but they opted instead to pass health care legislation, then tried to keep the people who cared about your issue on the team with promises to take up immigration after the 2010 midterms.

But Democrats lost control of the House that year and the Senate in 2012. Unable to get legislation through Congress, President Obama created DACA by executive order. He repeatedly called it a temporary and stopgap measure and seemed unsure of its constitutionality himself. Remember “I’m president, I am not king”?

President Trump wants to make that right and return the responsibility for setting immigration policy to the people’s representatives in Congress, as evidenced by his recent decision to return 200,000 people to El Salvador who came here more than a decade ago after an earthquake.

He has offered repeatedly to work with Congress to fix DACA — a position that goes against many in his base. But the Democrats in Congress are preventing progress — and for the same reason they did in 2010, to improve their prospects in the midterm elections.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is at the center of the policy world on the Democratic side, laid it out in a memo to membersearlier this month. “The fight to protect Dreamers … is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success…,” it read. “If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond.”

Read more from Ford O'Connell at The Hill

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