September 4th, 2017

President Donald John Trump could throw away millions of dollars in tax investment in our nation’s future to dodge the risk of silencing his cheering minions. Maggie Haberman, reporting in Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA, With 6-Month Delay for The New York Times, writes:

President Trump is strongly considering a plan that would end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but only after giving Congress six months to come up with a potential replacement for the popular initiative, according to three administration officials briefed on the discussions.

Officials working on the plan stressed that Mr. Trump could still change his mind, and some key details had not yet been resolved. Among them: whether beneficiaries of the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, would be allowed to renew their protected status during the six-month period.

The compromise, which could lead to legislation superseding President Barack Obama’s executive order, is intended to address a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, led by the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, who have implored the White House to keep some form of the program.

So, Trump keeps his minions but what does he risk losing? How about the largest, and fastest growing minority population in our country? Henry Gomez, reporting in Republican Party Autopsy Author Goes Off On GOP As Trump’s DACA Decision Nears for BuzzFeed News, writes:

Just four years ago, building stronger relationships with Hispanic voters was among the key recommendations from the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project — better known as the “autopsy” following the party’s loss in the 2012 presidential election.

“If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence,” the autopsy concluded. “It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.”

Trump basically rejected the autopsy in total, campaigning on a tough anti-immigration platform that included a pledge to complete a border wall between the US and Mexico and saying, in his announcement speech, that the country was sending “rapists” to the United States.

Maybe Trump doesn’t give a fuck because all he cares to see (all he is allowed to see?) and the great crowds.

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