While President Trump touts his heart and hopes for a congressional solution to the DACA program he just heartlessly ended, the White House is recommending recipients “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States.”
A talking points memo sent to Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday evening suggests that the administration is ready and willing to deport 689,821 DACA recipients if they don’t leave first. “Self-deport” themselves, if you will.
“The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the memo says.
David Lapan, a spokesperson from Homeland Security, told CNN that the department’s recommendation was essentially no big deal because they anticipate Congress will pass legislation to replace DACA, which was originally instituted as an executive order.
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“As noted, we expect Congress to pass legislation so this will hopefully be a moot point,” Lapan said. “However, of course we would encourage persons who are in the country illegally to depart voluntarily, or seek another form of immigration benefit for which they might qualify.”
Trump’s transparent decision to force congress to protect DACA means he will likely blame them for upending nearly 700,000 lives if they are unable pass legislation before the new policy is implemented in six months. But no one is falling for his “great heart” bullshit and if congress fails to protect DACA, no one will mysteriously forget who shares culpability. Though the president is apparently willing to “revisit the issue” should congress fail. Comforting!