DACA’s End

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Good Wednesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • President Trump ordered an end to DACA, the policy that shields young unauthorized immigrants from deportation, and he called on Congress to replace it before it expires in March. The announcement prompted an outcry. To target these young people is wrong, former President Barack Obama wrote on Facebook.

  • With the Trump administration announcing an end to the program, many young immigrants expressed renewed insecurity.
  • Mr. Trump gave Congress six months to pass the legislation, which lawmakers have not been able to pass for 16 years.

  • The president has expressed conflicting emotions about those who were brought to the country as children, but in announcing the move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed no such qualms.

  • Frustrated by certifying Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal he abhors, Mr. Trump may kick the decision to Congress, forcing a debate few there want to have.
— The First Draft Team

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As President Trump moves to end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, listen to a few of the 800,000 affected by the program.
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A protest of the Trump administration’s shutdown of the DACA program outside Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday.

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After the second round of Nafta talks in Mexico City on Tuesday, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, shook hands with Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, as Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s economy secretary, looked on.

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Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook.

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
Joel B. Pollack in Breitbart:
“As frustrating as that may be to those who want to see DACA totally wiped off the books, and every one of its beneficiaries given a one-way bus ticket across the border, letting Congress decide what to do about the ‘Dreamers’ is exactly what ought to happen.”
Mr. Pollack believes that President Trump has made the right decision by putting the responsibility, and the pressure, on the shoulders of Congress. There are reasons, he writes, for both “amnesty opposers” and supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, to rejoice at this development. Those who oppose the measure “can take heart from the fact that this Congress seems incapable of passing anything at all.” And those who want to keep DACA “know they only need a few G.O.P. votes” to extend the program. Read more »
From the Left
Mark Joseph Stern in Slate:
“Trump will take a lot flack for ending DACA, and he’ll deserve it. But the truth is that Republican politicians forced his hand. Republican xenophobia predates Trump, and it’ll outlive him, too.”
Phasing out DACA, Mr. Stern reminds his readers, wasn’t the president’s idea. Instead, he writes, “the bulk of the blame for killing DACA will fall on the Republican Party.” Spearheaded by Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, Republican hard-liners forced the Trump administration to take a stand on a program that it had previously treated as a “kind of institutional compromise: a policy that it wouldn’t have implemented but wasn’t eager to jettison.” Read more »
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