Down with DACA: America is getting darker, isn’t it?

by Alexander O. Onukwue

As reasons are being given for and against the decision by the Trump administration to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), observations are being as to what the consequences will be for the hundreds of thousands to be affected, and on what Trump’s legacy would be based on that.

Former Presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders, called the decision the worst made by any President of the United States in modern history, while new media like Salon describe the reason for the move as “racism”.

It adds to the protectionist tendency which many say paints a gloomier picture of the United States. Trump’s presidency started in January with the ban of persons from seven majority Muslim countries. Other acts of his which have drawn broad criticism include the withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, the ban on the enrollment of transgender persons in the US Military and his comments in the wake of the Charlottesville violence due to white supremacists and anti-fascism protesters.

Past leaders like Obama keep saying “that is not who we are”, portraying the reality that the US is indeed undergoing a change in its outlook on the world. For long in everyone’s subconscious as the leader of the free world and the land of dreams, events like the repeal of DACA only add more scepticism to the feeling that the country’s climate is changing, and its appearance, becoming darker.

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