Update, September 3, 9:38 pm:

POLITICO and other news media report on the evening of September 3 that Trump (to the surprise of no one who has been following his campaign and presidency from Day 1 just over two years ago) has decided to end the DACA program, with a six month grace period to give Congress to enact the program as legislation, something that it has refused to do in the past and is unlikely to do now.


Even in the unlikely event that Congress, rather than allowing Trump to get away with this cynical attempt to make Congress appear responsible for Trump's refusal to defend DACA in court against a threatened challenge from a handful of anti-immigrant governors in his own party, actually passes its own DACA bill, would Trump be willing to sign it if it does not also contain funding for Trump's Wall of shame and hatred against Latin American and other non-white immigrants?

My original comment appear below.

As nearly 800,000 young DREAMERS - and the entire nation - wait for Donald Trump's expected September 5 decision that he will either cancel DACA outright or merely phase it out in stages (my prediction is that he will choose the latter - there is almost no chance that leave the program untouched, otherwise he would not be giving this issue so much publicity in the first place), the media focus continues to be on the superficial drama.

How many Republican dominated states are still threatening to sue the president if he doesn't cancel DACA, now that Tennessee has changed its mind, bringing the number down from 10 to 9?

How many other Republican leaders will join House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake (not one of Trump's favorites) in urging him to keep DACA so that Congress can take action on it?

How will individual DACA recipients react to having their hopes and futures in America destroyed if Trump ends or phases out the program, despite his professed love for DREAMERS (even though he evidently loves Joe Arpiao even more)?

All these stories may make good headlines, but as is the case with so many other media stories about immigration in the era of Donald Trump, they only scratch the surface. Few of these stories and comments deal with the real issues, which are what kind of people will be welcome to come to America under the current Administration - and even more fundamentally, who will be considered as Americans while Trump is in office (and perhaps for long after that)?

The answer to these fundamental questions of immigration and citizenship policy is clear - for the most part, white people only will benefit. That this would be the ultimate goal of Donald Trump and the white supremacist, anti-immigrant movement which did so much to help put him in the White House was predicted and clearly explained almost 2 years ago, when Trump was still a new presidential candidate, in an October 1, 2015 article by Linda Chavez in Commentary Magazine entitled, simply: Donald Trump's America


It is time to revisit this article, many of whose predictions are already turning into reality. I will discuss it in more detail in an upcoming comment.

In the meantime, readers who are interested in learning more about the long history of prejudice and discrimination against minority immigrants in America, a history of which Donald Trump's agenda of mass deportation and drastic cutbacks in legal immigration aimed against non-white immigrants is only the latest example, are encouraged to read this article,

They will learn a great deal about the background to Trump's anti-immigrant agenda, including but by no means limited to his latest reported plan of senseless cruelty toward nearly 800,000 young people who pose no danger whatsoever to America, and many of whom are students preparing for productive careers in this country, in planning to end a DACA program which over 100 immigration law professors, in an August 14 letter to him, have defended as a legal and constitutional exercise in prosecutorial discretion.

See my next comment for a link, and for more information about the law professors' letter to the president supporting DACA.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law