Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches


Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

Eric London

7 February 2018

The anti-immigrant charade playing out in Washington on the eve of the February 8 deadline for a federal budget deal gives a sense of the xenophobic climate that will follow from whatever right-wing agreement the two parties reach on immigration.

After a meeting with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly denounced 1.1 million immigrant youth who did not sign up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), calling them “too afraid” or “too lazy to get off their asses.”

Kelly made these statements after denouncing the DACA program, which covers roughly 800,000 of the 1.9 million undocumented young people brought to the United States in their childhoods, calling it “unconstitutional.” Trump would not extend the program beyond the March 5 deadline, at which point recipients will face deportation, Kelly said.

This deadline is fast approaching, and President Trump indicated yesterday that he was willing to provoke a shutdown to secure far right-wing anti-immigration proposals in any appropriations deal. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump said at a roundtable meeting highlighting the dangers of the Salvadoran gang MS-13 in an attempt to portray immigrants as criminals.

If “we don’t have a wall, we’re never going to solve this problem,” he said yesterday, referring to MS-13. “I would shut it down over this issue. If we don’t straighten out our border, we don’t have a country.”

Employing a term usually reserved for the subject of fishing, Trump said, “They just come in so far, so easy. And then you…

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