It was a huge part of his campaign appeal.
Not only would Trump build a massive wall, but he would take those who were here in violation of our nation’s laws, violating our national sovereignty, and he would send them back.
It caused a lot of stress and worry, as well as a lot of controversy over whether this was the right move, or not.
As of today, however, those who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama in 2012 are moving along without a hitch.
The “Dreamers” renewing their immigration status and work permits are being processed normally.
By “normally,” I mean at a rate of about 140 new applications and 690 renewals each day, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to shut down the Obama-initiated program upon taking office. Trump’s campaign website promises that he will “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties,” apparently referring both to the 2012 action and a broader move Obama took in 2014 that was blocked by the courts.
However, no move to shut down the program was among the set of presidential directives Trump signed Friday and Monday.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Monday that despite Trump’s promise to move “immediately” against the Obama immigration actions, discontinuing the DACA program is not a top priority of the new president.
Not a top priority.
So what is a priority?
Officials with Trump’s administration have been vague in addressing the exactly what those priorities are, but a wall and possibly addressing those who are here with a criminal record seems to be at the top of the list.
In recent weeks, Trump has struck a softer tone on immigration, especially with regards to the so-called Dreamers, who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
“We’re going to work something out,” Trump told Time magazine last month. “On a humanitarian basis it’s a very tough situation. We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. But that’s a very tough situation.”
On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus appeared to signal that Trump did not intend to move quickly to shut down the DACA program.
Is this a betrayal of his base?
Well, it is definitely not what he built his campaign on.
I guess all those supporters who backed Trump because he wasn’t a “politician” will have to settle in their minds that he’s actually a politician, after all.