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I was wrong on Trump and DACA

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I was wrong on Trump and DACA

When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong. This par­tic­u­lar mis­take was one that I would kick myself for miss­ing if I were more flex­i­ble. Instead, I’ll sim­ply call out my errors and try to set a more accu­rate perspective.

I missed it com­pletely on Pres­i­dent Trump and DACA. It’s arguably the first time I didn’t see the 4D chess at work. Per­haps I was sim­ply being blinded by hope. Before he offi­cially rescinded DACA, I applauded rumors that he would be doing just that. I added empha­sis to the open­ing para­graph of that par­tic­u­lar arti­cle titled, “Let­ting DACA lapse would be the President’s best move so far.”

Rumors are fly­ing that Pres­i­dent Trump could announce the end of the Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals pro­gram (DACA), allow­ing one of his predecessor’s most egre­gious exam­ples of over­reach to fade away into obliv­ion.

Call it an assump­tion that he wouldn’t go against one of his most con­sis­tent and arguably the most impor­tant promise he made to his base. He declared shortly after launch­ing his cam­paign in 2015 the DREAM­ers had to go. When asked by Chuck Todd whether he’d split up fam­i­lies, can­di­date Trump dou­bled down on the nar­ra­tive by say­ing no fam­i­lies would be split up… because he’d deport every­one in the fam­ily who wasn’t sup­posed to be here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L01yYp3vTbA

I fol­lowed up that arti­cle once the offi­cial announce­ment about rescind­ing it was put forth. Like a silly boy hop­ing that Santa was real but notic­ing the hand­writ­ing on all the gifts was the same, I sus­pended my dis­be­lief in the president’s wor­thi­ness by post­ing “Trump to end DACA the right way for the right reasons.”

For Pres­i­dent Trump, this is a win-​win. He is ful­fill­ing one of his most impor­tant cam­paign promises and set­ting the stage for the GOP to demon­strate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread through­out the party rather than just focus­ing on him. If they cave for polit­i­cal expe­di­ency and recre­ate a con­gres­sional ver­sion of DACA, then Pres­i­dent Trump did his part and Con­gress was the body that changed.

Now I see the light. Many con­ser­v­a­tives are upset at the poten­tial for a DACA amnesty that doesn’t include the wall. Even a hand­ful of his Day 1 faith­fuls have gone beyond scratch­ing their heads and have grad­u­ated into full-​blown scorn.

How did I miss it? I’ve been crit­i­cal of left­ist moves from him in the past. Why did I not see the writ­ing on the wall? Per­haps it was his con­sis­tent stance on the matter:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/428971188031721472

DACA will end up being STRONGER once Con­gress pushes it through as the law of the land rather than an uncon­sti­tu­tional exec­u­tive order. In fact, had Trump done noth­ing, the Supreme Court likely would have put a stop to DACA alto­gether. Oh well. Maybe we’ll get a wall some­day. Maybe not.

When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong. This particular mistake was one that I would kick myself for missing if I were more flexible. Instead, I’ll simply call out my errors and try to set a more accurate perspective.

I missed it completely on President Trump and DACA. It’s arguably the first time I didn’t see the 4D chess at work. Perhaps I was simply being blinded by hope. Before he officially rescinded DACA, I applauded rumors that he would be doing just that. I added emphasis to the opening paragraph of that particular article titled, “Letting DACA lapse would be the President’s best move so far.”

Rumors are flying that President Trump could announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), allowing one of his predecessor’s most egregious examples of overreach to fade away into oblivion.

Call it an assumption that he wouldn’t go against one of his most consistent and arguably the most important promise he made to his base. He declared shortly after launching his campaign in 2015 the DREAMers had to go. When asked by Chuck Todd whether he’d split up families, candidate Trump doubled down on the narrative by saying no families would be split up… because he’d deport everyone in the family who wasn’t supposed to be here.

I followed up that article once the official announcement about rescinding it was put forth. Like a silly boy hoping that Santa was real but noticing the handwriting on all the gifts was the same, I suspended my disbelief in the president’s worthiness by posting “Trump to end DACA the right way for the right reasons.”

For President Trump, this is a win-win. He is fulfilling one of his most important campaign promises and setting the stage for the GOP to demonstrate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread throughout the party rather than just focusing on him. If they cave for political expediency and recreate a congressional version of DACA, then President Trump did his part and Congress was the body that changed.

Now I see the light. Many conservatives are upset at the potential for a DACA amnesty that doesn’t include the wall. Even a handful of his Day 1 faithfuls have gone beyond scratching their heads and have graduated into full-blown scorn.

How did I miss it? I’ve been critical of leftist moves from him in the past. Why did I not see the writing on the wall? Perhaps it was his consistent stance on the matter:

DACA will end up being STRONGER once Congress pushes it through as the law of the land rather than an unconstitutional executive order. In fact, had Trump done nothing, the Supreme Court likely would have put a stop to DACA altogether. Oh well. Maybe we’ll get a wall someday. Maybe not.