DACA Reactionaries Rush to the Barricades

Why ending the program was the right call.

​President Trump has opted to phase out the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. This was the right move for several reasons. 

DACA was a blatant act of colonialism by the 44th president, who sought to import an electorate and new clients for welfare bureaucracies. Mexican and Central American parents working in concert with Democrats chose to break up their families and put minor children in the hands of smugglers, which is to say criminals. So to continue DACA would sanction colonialism, a massive campaign of child abuse, and of course violate the rule of law.  

No sooner had the president made the call when California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced he would sue the Trump administration to keep DACA in place and shield the so-called “dreamers” from deportation. Aides to Jerry Brown said the California governor stands with Becerra “as he takes our fight to court to defend the Dreamers.”

California Senate boss Kevin de León has already contracted with former Attorney General Eric Holder to fight the feds. De León is also the author of Senate Bill 54, the Sanctuary State bill, which has passed the Senate. The state Assembly will likely send it to Jerry Brown’s desk, and the hereditary, recurring governor seems disposed to sign it.  This measure will block many federal efforts to maintain the rule of law in immigration policy. 

As the Sacramento Bee notes, SB 54 “essentially builds a wall between California law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The bill also scales back the ability of local police to target individuals based on their immigration status alone.”

Under the Sanctuary State measure, “California law enforcement cannot use agency or department money, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. The bill says police can’t ask someone for their immigration status or detain them on a request from the federal government. Law enforcement can’t provide release dates or other information that is not publicly available in response to a request for notification. They are also prohibited from providing personal information, including a home address or work address, unless it is available to the public. Law enforcement cannot give the feds access to interview an individual in their custody without a judicial warrant or serve on immigration task forces.”

Under this bill, police can only transfer someone to federal immigration authorities “if they produce a warrant signed by a federal judge or a judicial probable-cause determination.” They can transfer “a serious or violent felon to ICE if they are stopped for any legal reason and have been previously deported.” So it’s pretty much hands off on the violent felons as well. 

De León argues that “undocumented” immigrants are central to the California economy, and that under a crackdown people here illegally will not help police solve crimes. Those are both open to debate, but the senate boss might have another motive in mind.

In a hearing earlier this year, Leon testified that “Half of my family would be eligible for deportation” under Trump’s executive order because they used false Social Security cards and other bogus documentation. In short order, the Sacramento Bee’s Christopher Cadelago authored “The untold story of how Kevin Leon became Kevin de León.”

As this unctuous puff piece explains, “The name on his birth certificate isn’t Kevin de León,” and that on his birth certificate and voter rolls, “the 50-year-old politician is Kevin Alexander Leon.” This guy was supposedly born on Dec. 10, 1966, at California Hospital on South Hope Street in Los Angeles. The father, one Andres Leon, is a 40-year-old cook whose race was Chinese and whose birthplace was Guatemala. Mother Carmen Osorio was also born in Guatemala. 

De Leon and his sycophants in the establishment media have not produced the actual document. So readers have to take it on faith that father Andres was “a quarter, or as much as half-Chinese.” De León spent time on both sides of the border but “identifies strongly with Mexican culture, though he doesn’t know where his grandparents are from.”

The senate boss has thus fueled doubts about his own status, so his sanctuary state bill may be more personal than business. This raises another issue.

Whatever one thinks about the provenance of the 44th president, the old-line establishment media, even vaunted “investigative reporters,” showed no desire to research and expose his background. They simply accepted as gospel the 1995 Dreams from My Father, which Pulitzer Prize winner David Garrow has proclaimed “without any question a work of historical fiction.” 

The man allegedly born Kevin Alexander Leon saw the possibilities and now dreams of a seat in the U.S. Senate, replacing Dianne Feinstein should she retire. Or perhaps he has an even higher office in mind. So no wonder the dreamer wants to keep DACA.

On the other hand, ending the DACA program drops the odds that some high office in the United States will become occupied by someone who is not supposed to be in the country and has no respect for the rule of law.