Washington — To boost his campaign for re-election—hit by the pandemic, economic collapse, and protests over police brutality and racial injustice—President Donald Trump decided to bet that he can infuse his most loyal supporters by fighting america’s top court, which this week rejected one of the president’s top immigration initiatives. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday on procedural grounds that the government could not end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrants who arrived in the United States from deportation during their childhood.
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Trump, who often tries to get the nation to pay attention to immigration issues when he is forced to defend himself on other issues, said Friday that he would redouble efforts on that front. His claim to take advantage of the immigration issue is risky, even for someone who has built his political career in defiance of conventional standards. It could allow Trump to generate excitement among his supporters about an issue that was crucial to his 2016 victory while highlighting the difficulties of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in garning Hispanic voters, but he could also push voters further away, including women from suburban regions who could be decisive in the election. Some Republicans believe that, with less than five months to go before the November election, it’s not worth fighting.
«It has no political sense, neither moral nor ethical,» said Republican stratist Tim Miller, Trump’s frequent critic and former out-of-the-box jeb Bush’s unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential bid in 2016.
Anyone who likes (Trump) for his willingness to ‘venture’ into racial and immigration issues already supports him and he is not getting the backing of anyone else.
Still, Trump has built his presidency around hard-line immigration policies and strict measures on the Mexican border.He’s been eager to return to those issues after months of negative news headlines about the coronavirus and a pandemic-ravaged economy. The president plans to travel to Arizona next week to celebrate the construction of 320 kilometers (200 miles) of new border wall that has been completed during his tenure and to hold just his second rally after the campaign was suspended for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 100,000 dead in the country. His decision to resume rallies despite concerns of virus contagion is another example of his determination to turn a problem into a political struggle to the liking of his supporters. But COVID and the border wall are different from DACA, which for 8 years protects 650,000 people from deportation who were brought to the United States as children and granted them work permits. Polls show that there is widespread support for the program, as well as immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States without them making up their minds. Some Trump allies acknowledge fears of losing the backing of moderate voters, but the president and certain allies argue that this will be easily compensated for by the excitement of his actions among unwavering conservatives.
Donald Trump, President of the United States / Photo: EFE
Meanwhile, Biden has promised to send a bill to Congress to include the DACA in the codes of laws on his first day as president, if elected, but has also refused to back a decriminalization of illegal border crossings, unlike Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democrats who unsuccessfully tried to obtain his party’s presidential candidacy. Sanders consistently overcame Biden in polls among Hispanic voters during the primary, which helped the senator get big triunfos in Nevada and California, although Biden improved his image a little among Latinos in states like Texas and Arizona.Chuck Rocha was Sanders’ top adviser on approaching Hispanics and has since launched a political action committee focused on motivating Latino voters, especially in highly contested states, such as Pennsylvania.He said he already has «people working on it» and plans to use the decision on THE DACA—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT—and the president’s commitment to the PRESIDENT.» return to court—»to draw a contrast between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.»
There’s a motivational factor that worries us about young Latinos who supported Bernie Sanders and who still don’t support Joe Biden, Rocha said.
«But these people went to school with these DACA beneficiaries. These guys are friends of these DACA beneficiaries. These people understand that their friends are as American as they are, so it really gets to the heart of an emotional affair.»
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that «Democrats really seem to be using some DACA beneficiaries as pawns» for election purposes, adding, «That’s despicable.» Julia Rodriguez, a senior adviser to Biden’s campaign, said the Democratic pre-edid is unwilling to stand idly by while «Trump continues to increase his actions to strengthen his support base.» Rather, he said, Biden is «approaching women voters, young voters, colored voters.» Trump and his campaign have also focused their response to the Supreme Court’s decision on actions they have taken to nominate more conservative judges for the top court. That’s despite the fact that court president John Roberts, who was appointed to the post by Republican President George W. Bush, is the author of the DACA ruling. Trump has already used federal courts as a powerful motivating factor for his supporter base, fueling fears about potential Democratic officials selected to enter them. For years conservatives have considered that gaining dominant representation in federal courts is crucial to slowing the country’s cultural transformation, and Trump has largely pleased them, appointing more judges than Barack Obama or any of the other recent presidents.» Conservative judges were a very important issue in 2016 and will be again this November,» says Tim Murtaugh, trump campaign spokesman Marisa Franco, based in Arizona and co-founder of Mijente, a political activist organization that organizes Hispanics, says he sees the decision on DACA — and Trump’s response — as «an opportunity for Biden» , but believes that promising to send a bill to Congress is insufficient.
I think he can go further and he should go further to really solve these problems, Franco said.
He said federal agencies like immigration and customs enforcement «actually operate in a similar way to what we’re seeing in local police departments across the country. They are operating with blank checks without accountability» and Biden «needs to step in and clean the house.»