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'D' in DACA stands for deferred


It seems to me that all the criticism directed at TV star, successful businessman, best-selling author and now President of the United States Donald Trump for his decision to end the DACA program is misunderstood and unwarranted. In actuality, what our president did is the best thing for these 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

This problem was created by "awesome-sauce" (see The Shredder, "Inclusive inaction," Sept. 7) former President Barack Obama when, instead of sending this matter to Congress when Democrats had a majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, he chose the path to "soon-to-fail" Obamacare and the enjoyment of many rounds of golf. If he really cared so much for these vulnerable young people, he would have taken proper action at the proper time. He didn't. He left this hot potato (remember, he called it "deferred") to his successor, which, to the surprise of many, wasn't Hillary Clinton.

Just so there's no misunderstanding about my biases, I admit to voting for Trump, and if there was another election today, I'd vote for him again. That's because, unlike his predecessor, he knows that the president doesn't make law and that executive orders are only temporary. That in order for a matter to become law (we all know this, of course) a bill must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president (Article 1, Section 1, of our Constitution states, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in Congress ... " ).

An executive order is not law, is not permanent, and can be rescinded by the president without comment or explanation. So "awesome-sauce" President Obama took a vulnerable group of illegal immigrant children and gave them false hope rather than a secure future. Not particularly admirable in my book.

By ending DACA, President Trump is giving the Dreamers a fresh chance for a path to legal status. I think most Americans, myself included (and if I may be presumptuous, I'd say President Trump included), believe something should be done to offer these young people a shot at legal status and the American dream. Congress, of course, reflects the will of the people and I think both Democrats and Republicans would like to see this uncertainty turned into something positive—a law giving permanent, legal status to Dreamers.

So when many are so quick to criticize President Trump, please take a moment to recognize and acknowledge that he actually supports doing something positive and permanent for the Dreamers.

Gary Wechter

Arroyo Grande

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