Assuming we’re not at war with North Korea within the next 72 hours, the big story that will dominate this holiday week is Trump’s reported decision to end DACA.
Staffers leaked the news over the weekend that after a tense meeting at the White House on Sunday, President Trump declared his intention to announce on Tuesday a drawdown of DACA within 6 months.
The move is certain to ignite another war over immigration in which both sides will have something to criticize.
Immigration hardliners will argue that Trump is giving Congress an out in that they’ll have time to craft another amnesty bill.
While the left will undoubtedly argue that Trump is kicking innocent youngsters out of the country.
There will be frothing at the mouth for sure. And to top it all off, Obama staffers say the former vacationer in chief will have a very high profile response should Trump kill DACA.
This will make for great political theater.
Here’s more from Politico…
President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.
The administration’s deliberations on the issue have been fluid and fast moving, and the president has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program.
Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress — rather than the executive branch — is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress, the two sources said.
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”