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Why Biden Should Ditch DACA and Give Dreamers a Fair Shot

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Now that a federal judge in Texas has blocked further implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, Joe Biden is vowing to save it.

Don’t bother, Mr. President. With his 77-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen has done you a huge favor by declaring this program unlawful and blocking future applications. Like most of the other remnants of the cruel and self-serving immigration policies advanced by the Obama administration that you were a major part of, DACA isn’t worth saving.

Hanen insists that, in implementing DACA, the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act. That statute requires that the executive branch give the legislative branch a three-day heads-up before making major policy changes. In other words, the judge didn’t rule that the executive branch doesn’t have the power to do what it did, only that the executive branch did it the wrong way.

But legal technicalities aside, DACA is no free lunch. This is not an instance of America finally embracing part of the undocumented community and lovingly bringing it close to her bosom. What it defers is deportation—but not indefinitely. The whole thing is half con job, half ticking time bomb. That message only got through to some immigrant advocates after Donald Trump was elected president and found himself in possession of a government database containing the personal information of 616,030 undocumented young people.

Let me be clear: A policy that gives a racist president photographs, fingerprints, and home addresses of undocumented Latinos is not a good policy.

The “D” should actually stand for distraction. The........

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