Why America Cannot Accept Trump’s DACA Deal

President Donald Trump promises to consider reforming the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but with a tiny string attached—a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Yes, this is back on the table.

“Our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Trump made the explicit purpose of the wall clear when he called most Mexicans rapists and criminals who bring drugs into the country at the beginning of his presidential campaign. A border wall would completely undermine the type of immigration reform brought about by DACA. The border wall is a symbol of nativism, as it discriminates against Latinos and Hispanics.

Border security experts agree that a border wall would be ineffective in stopping illegal immigration or drug trafficking. Instead, the wall would divert money from proven border security techniques.

“People that are dealing with this issue know that a third-century solution to a 21st-century problem is not going to fix this long-term,” said Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas).

This is also an expensive endeavor. The New York Times reported the wall would cost about $18 billion over 10 years. And, unlike Trump’s initial promise, Mexico will not be paying for it.

On the other hand, DACA gives leniency to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, allowing them to receive education and work permits without worrying about deportation.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="330"] Results from Survey done by Center for American Progress and The National Center for Lesbian Rights[/caption]

Data has shown that DACA not only helps immigrants, but the whole American economy. The Center for American Progress found that DACA recipients earn higher wages (which goes to higher tax revenue) and contribute $460 billion to the nation’s GDP.

Trump’s acknowledgement of these facts makes his proposal even more baffling and disingenuous.


If there is no permanent legislation to replace DACA, roughly 800,000 young immigrants will lose their protected status in March. Trump’s deal is a non-starter for several Democratic leaders.

“This is a moral outrage,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on CNN. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) echoed a similar sentiment: “It’s outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hard-line anti-immigrant bills.”

Several states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over DACA. A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the DACA phaseout given the lawsuits and Trump’s contradictory support for the program shown in his tweets.

Judge William Alsup wrote in his ruling, “For the reasons DACA was instituted and for the reasons tweeted by President Trump, this order finds that the public interest will be served by DACA’s continuation.”



  1. This article is wildly disingenuous and extremely biased. Why are you pushing lies into to your readers? My friends are sick of the endless pandering to people who are attempting to cut in line, while using resources (schools, housing, emergency medical) from our already undeserved communities while demanding benefits.

    First off, the statistics cited are laughable at best if you dig into the sample size, you’ll realize their numbers are an extrapolation. Then, they completely IGNORE the cost of educating, housing and providing free medical care to DACA illegals! Second, The Center for American Progress IS A LIBERAL THINK TANK. This is *not* a bipartisan, non-profit. It’s a 501c4 organization!!! In a recently released memo, which you don’t cite, they say this: “The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success…If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond….In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”

    Why do omit this? This is written by Jennifer Palmieri. She’s admitting the Democrats need DACA recipients for votes. That’s it. That’s what this is all about.

    Should I go on? What’s up with this sentence: “The border wall is a symbol of nativism, as it discriminates against Latinos and Hispanics.” What? Discriminates against Latinos and Hispanics? A wall? God forbid a sovereign country defends it’s borders. Do we have to take everything personally?

    It would be one thing if say, 1/4, or 200,000 of the 800,000 DACA illegal served in the military. I bet most Americans would say “let’s let them earn a pathway to citizenship.” You know how many are serving in the military? 826. That’s right. Eight hundred and twenty-six. That’s .001%.

    I could go on but I’m going to stop. Don’t mess with a sister. We expect better from you.

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