At 5:46am EST, as a comment on a Tweet he made at 5:25am about the Academy Awards, President Donald Trump decided to call out former President Barack Obama and Democrats on DACA.
Federal Judge in Maryland has just ruled that “President Trump has the right to end DACA.” President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn’t. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Ignoring the total non sequitur aspect of his comment to his own Oscars Tweet, the president’s message contains a few inaccuracies. But the Twitterverse came through to correct him.
.@realDonaldTrump, we responded to you yesterday.
— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) March 6, 2018
On September 5, 2017, Trump announced the end of DACA, a program put in place by President Obama. In response to a lack of action by a Republican held congress, President Obama enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as an executive order in June 2012.
President Trump appears confused by the terms DACA and DREAM. The term DACA refers specifically to President Obama’s executive order, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, making Trump’s repeatedly claimed inaction on “DACA” by Obama impossible. There is no DACA without action by Obama.
The beneficiaries of DACA are commonly known as DREAMers after the DREAM Act, legislation consistently blocked by congressional Republicans. The DREAM Act offered Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM).
The bill addressed the future and welfare of children brought to the United States illegally, giving them a path towards citizenship or legal alien status without the threat of deportation during the sometimes years long process.
Since then numerous attempts to save DACA or institute a new program for DREAMers, some backed by both houses of Congress and both Democrats and Republicans, met opposition from Trump. Trump tied funding of his border wall to any approval of immigration reform. The wall remains unwanted and deemed unnecessary or a waste of funds by the majority of Americans and government officials alike.
It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
Republicans still control both houses of congress making any action on DACA by Democrats impossible without their support. So Trump’s claims that Obama failed to act on DACA, which was actually created by the 44th president and rescinded by the 45th, and Democrats impeding progress on saving DACA, appear to lack facts to back them up.
Luckily, Twitter came to the rescue with some facts for the president.
Obama created DACA. Trump ended it. Trump is complaining about a problem he created himself. https://t.co/o5kQkpY6go
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 6, 2018
Trump reverses decision, will now allow trophy hunters to transport body parts of elephants they have slaughtered into the US. Could reverse himself on DACA just as easily. But won’t.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 6, 2018
Trump tweets praise for Maryland judge who ruled president has right to end protection for ‘Dreamers.’ Ruling has no effect due to injunctions by other courts. Trump also blames Obama for not ‘fixing’ DACA for 8 years. In fact, DACA was established by Obama in 2012.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 6, 2018
And it appears President Trump is not the only politician that knows how to Tweet.
Six months ago today, @realDonaldTrump announced that he would end #DACA and threw the lives of our Dreamers into chaos. President Trump created this problem and he still has the power to fix it. He needs to recognize: Dreamers are Americans, not bargaining chips. https://t.co/MFjLZcoBPb
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) March 5, 2018
President Trump decided to end DACA effective today, placing the futures of 800,000 Dreamers in limbo. Congress urgently needs to solve this problem and pass a #DreamActNow – these kids are worth fighting for. #ProtectDreamers
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 5, 2018
Today’s DACA deadline is a reminder that President Trump created this problem by rescinding protections for nearly 800K of our neighbors, loved ones & friends, and then sabotaged every bipartisan agreement or compromise to clean up the mess he made.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) March 6, 2018
Fact check: President Trump derailed three bipartisan plans to fix the DACA crisis that he created. https://t.co/CUqRKJTIjJ
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 5, 2018
Democrats sent President Trump six bipartisan DACA deals – we even offered to fund his wasteful border wall. He made the choice to say no to each one. The President’s real goal is using DACA to advance his anti-immigrant agenda rather than fixing the crisis he started. https://t.co/C8vHofhcL7
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 6, 2018
By ending DACA, President Trump created an avoidable crisis with very real impacts on our families and communities. He has the power to fix this problem today. Dreamers belong in this country and deserve to be part of our future. We must keep demanding action.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 5, 2018
The end of DACA is a humanitarian crisis in this country created by President Trump on September 5. The lives of Dreamers hang in the balance, and it’s up to Republicans who control Congress to decide what happens next. pic.twitter.com/GlV6AlVQek
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 5, 2018