The fact is Trump is going to interpret the law however he wants and it’s up to the Legislative and Judicial Branches to enforce the separation of powers, and I don’t see any clear language about a law enforcement body in charge of that. Moreover, I don’t see how that could actually be done. Therefore, let’s look at what is going to happen and what we can do.
Trump wants to deport all the Dreamers. He also wants to toughen border security to stop illegal immigration altogether. He’s spoken with Democrats recently, and one such meeting led to a six-month period in which he guaranteed that DACA recipients would not be deported in exchange for Democrats allowing them to increase the debt ceiling to dodge a government shutdown. This agreement also included a promise by Democrats to provide funding for border security and also included Trump strongly encouraging Democrats to support passage of the RAISE Act. Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who were the principal Democrats attending the meeting with Trump, claim that Trump agreed to not include funding for the border wall at this point. However, Trump has denied this via Twitter.
Since it’s hard to know what’s really going on and the intention of this blog is to actually inform and not speculate, I really shouldn’t get into the details of that meeting because it’s hard to know what really happened.
If we do deport the Dreamers or really anyone, there will be dramatic effects on the economy, society, the government, and national security. Many researchers say the cessation of the DACA program would cost the U.S. more than $100 billion dollars. We would lose all their hard work and production. We would lose the money they spend in the United States.
I know there are many Americans that would be willing to pick fruit and work in positions currently filled by people who aren’t citizens or who aren’t even legally allowed to hold those jobs, and I really reject the narrative that Americans would refuse to do those jobs. There are plenty of people who need work. I’d even take the job working in a field because I’d get the exercise and sunshine. Perhaps I wouldn’t understand how hard it is at first, but once I’d take the job, I’d be getting paid and would likely keep the job until I find another job. If I really can’t find an other job besides picking fruit or something, then I’d be picking fruit for a while. My point is that maybe Americans should be given a chance to have those jobs. However, those workers currently holding those jobs are afforded the same rights and protections as U.S. citizens and can’t be removed from their jobs for reasons an American cannot. So, again, legally, you can follow every law you want, and you still can’t replace the migrant worker with an American based on nationality or another protected class. You just can’t do it. So if this is all about the rule of law, you still can’t do it.