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DACA: Trump’s unforced error

Samuel Maxime


WASHINGTON, D.C. ( – U.S. President Donald Trump committed an unforced error on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Choosing to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, he essentially created a problem for millions of people, including himself, where one had not existed. Among the many controversial decisions made by the Trump administration, this one will likely cost him reelection. It’s a decision that solves nothing while removing the one thing the president still had going for him eight months into office: the benefit of the doubt.

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday came out of his silence to bash his successor, something he always said he would go to great lengths to avoid doing. He said of Trump’s decision to rescind the immigration order that it was “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

Democrats will likely make the world cruel a refrain from now until 2020 and in no other instance where voices have been raised, can this term stick, but with this DACA decision.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.