1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was practically giddy at the chance to sub for his cowardly Trumpmaster in this moment, and he was almost giggling when he read his pissy little statement that took a jackhammer to the ground underneath the feet of millions of people, many of them Americans (yeah, some of those Dreamers had kids). Like a malicious elf that just got done jacking off in the cookie cream, Sessions kept suppressing a smirk as he announced that President Tangerine Nightmare was rescinding the executive order that established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The words out of Sessions’ whore mouth were calculated to incite the yahoos who make up Trump’s devolved supporters. He called the Dreamers “800,000 mostly-adult illegal aliens,” ignoring both that all DACA recipients were brought here at age 16 or younger and that “illegal aliens” is a phrase only assholes use now. So, of course, he said it even more.
Sessions somehow could dare to say, “Societies where the rule of law is subject to political whims and personal biases tend to become societies afflicted by corruption, poverty, and human suffering” while working for the man who pardoned Joe Arpaio, a poison who chewed up court orders and laws and shit them out, laughing and yowling and daring anyone to stop him from causing human suffering. That the ground beneath Sessions didn’t open up and gnarled claws didn’t skewer his scrotum and drag him to Hell is pretty much proof positive that there is no Satan.
2. President Trump’s decision is the sort of disruptive, wanton fuckery that we can accurately call “evil.” It will tear families apart. It will cruelly exile people to countries where they have nothing, no roots, no connection. It will end up damaging the economy as nearly a million people will no longer be paying taxes or Social Security. The only thing getting rid of DACA does is make racists feel good. That is it. That is solely it. There is no rational case to be made for punishing these law-abiding, education-oriented, hardworking Americans-in-all-but-papers. In fact, I’d fucking rather Trump had just said, “Yeah, too fuckin’ many Mexicans. We need more whites.” At least then, we’d cut through the bullshit justifications and maybe we’d get to see who Nazi salutes in agreement.
Trump’s wretched statement on his decision once again says that undocumented immigrants are responsible for everything from your uncle losing his job because his factory closed to your uncle’s opioid addiction. Or, as he put it, “lower wages and higher unemployment for American workers, substantial burdens on local schools and hospitals, the illicit entry of dangerous drugs and criminal cartels, and many billions of dollars a year in costs paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Yet few in Washington expressed any compassion for the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system.” Again, facts are going to bite him on the ass on this, but, at this point, his ass probably no longer has any feeling because of how long he just sits around on it. For Trump and his idiot hordes, a Dreamer is no different than a cantaloupe-calved drug mule or dark-skinned rapist. Like I said, just skip the bullshit justifications and say you hate brown people.
3. Let’s be honest here: There will almost certainly be no legislative fix unless and until Democrats take over the Congress. Ads are already being created to target squishy Republicans who even glance at passing the DREAM Act. A few stalwarts like John McCain and Lindsey Graham might say, “Fuck it” and try something. But the lunatics in the mad House won’t go near it.
There is no superhero who’s gonna swoop in and save the Dreamers. Already, the DACA page on the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services web page (which is pathetically still under the “Humanitarian” heading) informs us that “Individuals who have not submitted an application by Sept. 5, for an initial request under DACA may no longer apply. USCIS will reject all applications for initial requests received after Sept. 5.” Yeah, the “transition” and “wind-down” that Trump talks about include the rejection of any Employment Authorization Documents for DACA recipients, so they won’t be able to get jobs legally.
4. And let’s not forget that the government has all the information it needs to find and deport DACA recipients. The Department of Homeland Security said today that it will give Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers that information, which includes, you know, admitting they’re in the country without needed documentation and their address, if ICE requests it.
5. In January, Trump issued an executive order telling the IRS to find a way to not enforce fines for people who don’t get health insurance, as required by the Affordable Care Act, a law passed by Congress and signed by the president, and that provision of the law was upheld by the Supreme Court. In other words, Trump believed that he could say how the law was enforced or, more directly, how resources in the executive branch are used for enforcement. When Obama announced DACA, he directed the Department of Homeland Security to concentrate deportation and immigration enforcement efforts on criminals, not people brought here as minors who were in school and without criminal records. It was prosecutorial discretion. In kind, what Trump wants to do with ACA fines is exactly what Obama did with DACA. It’s something that law enforcement does all the time. It’s something that states do all the fucking time. To call it “overreach” is to overreach on the definition of “overreach.”
6. And while Obama probably wouldn’t give a shit about this part (and he has finally spoken out), Sessions and Trump were, as usual, total dicks to the former president, constantly degrading his actions while bragging about Trump’s “leadership” as “inspiring” or some such shit.
It’s all part of the wanton fuckery at work here. The evil they do is merely for the sake of evil, merely to show they can do it, merely to punish the powerless. If we do nothing, if we don’t vote them out in 2018, if we don’t demand action, if we don’t clog their streets and their courts with our voices and bodies, then they will move on to exerting more and more power.
Editor’s Note: This essay originally appeared on September 9, 2017, on The Rude Pundit, a website featuring commentary by Lee Papa. It was reproduced here with the consent of Mr. Papa.