Way back in September, President Donald Trump set an arbitrary deadline to get the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals bill passed. The bill would grant a means to citizenship to undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children.
The date Trump randomly gave was March 5. In January, Trump refused to sign a bipartisan DACA bill because it didn’t include tax monies for his dumbass border wall no one wants. (Yes, this is the same border wall Trump swore Mexico was going to pay for.) Then Trump started picking fights with everyone else, and DACA fell by the wayside. In turn, the status of some 800,000 immigrants remains in limbo.
Mass shootings in Las Vegas and Florida took the attention off DACA as Trump had to work tirelessly to make sure no one upset the National Rifle Association. Then, today, Monday, March 5, the arbitrary day the president set to get a DACA deal done, what’s he tweeting about? You guessed it. His favorite topic: former President, and the greatest president to ever president, Barack Obama.
Sure, the president also tweeted about the recent steel tariffs he just randomly imposed, which no one knew about except his friend and former adviser Carl Icahn, who, a week before the tariffs were announced, just so happened to dump millions in stock.
As the DACA deadline loomed, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who co-authored a bipartisan DACA bill over the summer, let Trump have it.
“Trump said, ‘Let’s help these young people.’ And yet given that opportunity, he rejected it,” Durbin tweeted late Sunday. “This debate was never about a wall, it was about rejecting the notion that we are a nation of immigrants.”
It will be interesting to see if the needle moves on this issue. My guess is that it won’t, since Melania and her family are safely in the U.S., having received all of the visas to ever visa.