Why Trump fears DACA victory
The New York Times
If Supreme Court conservatives end the DACA program protecting “Dreamers” from deportation, said Maggie Haberman, President Trump “may find himself in a political box of his own making.” During oral arguments on the administration’s attempt to throw out President Obama’s creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Chief Justice John Roberts strongly suggested that Obama went beyond his constitutional authority and that Congress should decide what to do with the 700,000 Dreamers brought here illegally as children. But if the court rules 5-4 to end DACA next year, it will dump the problem in Trump’s lap. He promised during the 2016 campaign to cancel DACA, and his anti-immigration base hates the idea of granting legal status or citizenship to anyone who came here illegally, even as an infant. But more than 70 percent of Americans support DACA, and TV images of ICE agents dragging away crying Dreamers could turn off the moderates, women, and Latinos Trump is trying to woo. Congress is unlikely to forge an immigration compromise during the heat of the campaign. For Trump, a Supreme Court victory in this case could be a loss.