In an interview with Time magazine, Donald Trump said he was not interested in putting President Obama’s so-called DREAMers at risk. More than 700,000 illegal immigrants were protected by a 2012 executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative. The action, meant only for immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors, effectively made the targeted population immune to deportation. Its effects, however, can be removed in an instant by the incoming president.
Because Trump campaigned on one of the strongest anti-illegal immigration platforms in history, many DREAMers feared that their protective status was about to go up in smoke. Worse yet, the federal government has a nice, comprehensive list of their names and addresses, making the roundup that much easier. This is the hysteria being fed to them by the loyal Obama media, anyway.
The truth is, you can go through Trump’s campaign, go through all of the conservative media that supported him, and you’ll find there was never any significant appetite for mass deportations, much less the deportation of childhood arrivals who had to meet certain standards just to be considered for Obama’s program. DACA was opposed by conservatives at the time, but it was not nearly as poisonous as the 2014 follow-up that made a similar deal for the parents of anchor babies.
Trump told Time magazine that DREAMers had nothing to fear.
“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Trump said. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Some of his supporters are going to look at this as the beginning of the Great Betrayal, but there’s no reason to start panicking. Purging the country of DREAMers was never the goal. The goal, primarily, is to secure the border and put an end to this ever-increasing flood of criminals, terrorists, and ahem, some good people, into our country. When Trump starts talking about a “virtual wall” or using some euphemism for amnesty, we can start cleaning our pitchforks. Until then, even a “softened” Trump on immigration will be a vast improvement over anything we’ve had in decades.