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The Trump administration is ending DACA.
DACA, or is a controversial Obama-era decision to set the children of illegal immigrants on the pathway to full citizenship. According to a statement from the administration:
In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.
In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that “I can’t just do these things by myself” – and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.
Trump's decision has caused a meltdown on the political left. Commenters, celebrities, former U.S. presidents, and foreign Presidents alike have issued scorching statements over the decision. However, one movement, in particular, has gained steam since the policy announcement. The movement to “Deport Melania” is gaining steam on the internet.
While it may be satirical, assuming that there is no reasonable probability that the first lady of the United States will be deported, the hashtag #DeportMelania has exploded in the last few days, with over a million impressions since Monday, according to the analytic site, Keyhole.
Here is what people are saying:
The argument goes like this: First Lady Melania Trump was an immigrant to America. Her work visa situation is a thing of controversy and her immigration papers are locked. At best, the argument is based on complete conjecture. Yet, groups are filing Freedom of Information Requests to see Melania's immigration papers. According to the New York Daily News:
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to make public the potential first lady's immigration papers after recent questions about whether she broke the law by working in the U.S. on a visa that would have prohibited it.
“After learning that Mrs. Trump might not have followed the law on her path to U.S. citizenship, the Coalition decided to take action,” Coalition Chairman Jon Cooper said in a statement. “How ironic would it be if Mr. Trump, who has largely based his presidential run on his ridiculously extreme proposals related to illegal immigration, had actually married an illegal immigrant."
So, there's that.
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