The 4 Worst GOP Arguments Against DACA

President Donald Trump opened a can of worms when he announced a desire to end DACA. With so many Americans calling this position cruel and unproductive, some high-profile Republicans have jumped in to try to defend the indefensible. However, their arguments haven’t been particularly compelling.

Here are four of the lousiest GOP attempts to justify rescinding DACA:

1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Hoping to avoid taking some of the heat on this ill-conceived DACA decision, Trump passed off the formal announcement to Sessions, who has already faced plenty of racism accusations in his time, so what’s one more, right?

As GQ details, the Sessions speech was chock-full of lies. He asserted that Dreamers deprived hundreds of thousands of American citizens of jobs, even though objective numbers point to these Dreamers being a boon for the economy overall. He also claimed that Dreamers are responsible for crime and violence, despite the fact that any Dreamer convicted of a crime is no longer eligible for DACA.

Sessions also claims that DACA is “unconstitutional,” which he knows isn’t true, since government officials have always had the discretion on how to enforce the laws. It is an especially ironic take, however, considering that Sessions didn’t seem concerned when his administration’s own immigration rule was deemed unconstitutional by the courts.

2. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Last week, congressional leader Ryan said that he didn’t think Trump should try to alter DACA. “There are kids who know no other country who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home,” he explained.

Just one week later, however, Ryan, always desperate to stay in Trump’s good graces, has changed his tune. Now he’s praising Trump for fulfilling a promise, saying that he “made the right call” by trying to terminate DACA.

Here’s the thing about being a prominent figure in the news: your words are archived, not forgotten. With such an abrupt turnaround, it should be obvious to everyone that Ryan is standing by party rather than principle — and that his words are meaningless in this instance.

3. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Kobach, an advisor to the president, appeared on Fox News to argue that we ought to stop calling Dreamers “children,” insisting they are “not children.” Indeed, many Dreamers are no longer minors, but that doesn’t change the fact that they arrived while they were underage — and probably had no say in their parents’ decision to immigrate.

On top of that, Kobach urged DACA recipients to “go home and get in line” as if they simply waited long enough, they’d be entitled to enter the country legally. As Business Insider points out, immigration has never been about taking turns — the U.S. primarily grants permits to people with certain skills or characteristics. Most Dreamers would probably not qualify to come back.

It’s probably no surprise that Kobach, the man behind the bogus committee to identify rampant voter fraud by undocumented immigrants, is on the side of deporting American-raised children en masse. That doesn’t make it any less disgusting, though.

4. Representative Steve King

No one in Congress is as unabashedly racist as King. The Republican from Iowa has a history of making offensive comments, but his latest explanation of why ending DACA is a nice thing to do still ranks as particularly outrageous:

[Dreamers] would go back there with a U.S. taxpayer-funded education… they will have top-notch English skills, they would understand how a free-enterprise economy works, how a generally corrupt-free society, first world works… how a civilized people interact with each other,” he said. “All that would go with them back to their home countries, and wouldn’t that be the best economic and cultural development, civilizational development that, say, Mexico could ever experience?

Awww, see? It’s not that King hates Mexicans, he’s just generous enough to send them back to their birth country as a sign of good will. Yeah, whatever. The condescension of suggesting that Mexico lacks civility must stem from bigotry. I guarantee that people thoughtlessly kicked out of the only home they’ve ever known are not going to return with lessons of what a civilized society looks like.

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John J3 months ago

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John J3 months ago

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Marie W5 months ago

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Danuta W6 months ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill9 months ago

Kathryn you need to do some research. It was the Republicans that abolished slavery, while Democrats fought for it. While Republicans were helping the blacks move up in the world, the Democrats formed the KKK to fight it! It was the Republicans who gave the former slaves the right to vote, Democrats fought that too. The first blacks in congress were all Republicans, as was Martin Luther King.

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I10 months ago

Republicans have always been politically uneducated, as well as racists--their hallmark. Petition signed - Thanks for sharing

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Peggy B10 months ago

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I11 months ago

Rep. Steve King supports dog fighting, so why am I not surprised by this! Republican incompetents indeed.

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