DACA: Trump, Sessions, Remain Consistent in Targeting the Power of Hispanics

DACA: Trump, Sessions, Remain Consistent in Targeting the Power of Hispanics


Only a few weeks after the pardon of racial profiler extraordinaire Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump is back again.  

The focus of the Trump Administration on minorities, specifically Blacks and Hispanics, remains relentless. Of course no one should be surprised. In his very first speech as a presidential candidate in New York, Trump droned on against Mexican immigrants and branded them to criminal behavior.  

After setting up a sham “voter protection” commission to attempt to make voting more difficult (a goal that is now all but official Republican policy), a Muslim ban executive order, and a cancelled HBCU conference, Trump and the gang are back with their move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

To be sure, President Obama’s DACA executive order was an example of executive overreach. It was the type of move Trump advisor Steven Miller would say was sacrosanct if Trump executed it. But the bottom line is that the true goal of Trump and Sessions is to marginalize the social and political influence of Blacks and Hispanics. The focus on marginalizing the voting, jobs and social position of those groups remains clear less than a year in office.

Donald Tump is 71 years old and his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is 70.  They would appear determined to re-create the U.S. as it was in the 1950s and 1960s. What Trump and Sessions continue to ignore is that the changing demographics in the U.S. will likely lead to a backlash on their decision to end DACA.  

The backswing of many of the Sessions/Trump decisions is likely to be just as noteworthy as the backlash that brought Trump into office.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke