Unless you have been living on Mars today, you no doubt know that Trump is phasing out the DACA or dreamer program. Here are the facts:
What is Daca? It is an acronym for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals. It is a federal government program created in 2012 under Obama to allow people brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America. Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit.
Who are the ‘Dreamers’? Those protected under Daca are known as “Dreamers” and 787,580 have been granted approval. To apply, they must have been younger than 31 on June 15, 2012 when the program began, and “undocumented”, lacking legal immigration status. They must have arrived in the US before turning 16 and lived there continuously since June 2007.
What happened today? Trump announced he will begin “an orderly, lawful wind down” of Daca, including “the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program”, which was a memo from homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano to immigration chiefs in 2012 telling them not to enforce deportation of Dreamers.
This is a complicated issue. While Trump looks like the bad guy here, in fact, Obama’s administration had the most deportations of any in history.
As well, Obama signed this Daca business as a presidential executive order. It was never passed by anyone. To add to this fray are the ‘sanctuary’ cities. Will the Daca people, who range in age from 15 to 36 years old run to those cities? New York, Los Angeles, Houston etc.
The other legacy Obama left those Daca people was that he encouraged them to give over all their information to the authorities, which they did because they trusted him. Now the authorities know where everyone is, even though many of them tried to live under the radar.
To add to all this misery, illegal immigrant’s homes were heavily damaged in hurricane Harvey and they are not eligible for any government help.
Trump inherited two major issues given to him by Obama: immigration and North Korea. Obama’s legacy went the way of Hillary. His book should also be called What Happened (that’s the title of Hillary’s book). What happened? The democrats had no voice, no plan, no future and no connection with the little people. There ya go and we don’t have to pay $3,000 a ticket to sit in the front row to hear Hillary blame everyone but herself for the fact that she lost.
Yet another nail in the coffin for the Liberal party in Quebec. The budget cuts done by Barrette have caused physical consequences. A nurse on the nightshift was almost strangled to death by a mentally ill patient. Due to said budget cuts, there are no security guards on duty at night. That is insanity.
We were once in the emergency when a patient went ballistic, grabbing a cane and trying to hit someone. In two seconds there were security guards present to stop this dude and subdue him.
What is totally infuriating is Quebec’s allegation that it has a huge surplus in its coffers. Get a life. That is not a surplus and everybody knows it. That extra money is a direct result of all the budget cuts done to the medical system.
Here’s a tip for Couillard: People down south voted to oust the pork-barrel establishment. He’s heading for the same fate. Only difference here is that our choices are even worse than in the US: Lisee who is an avowed separatist and Legault who is a secret separatist. Take your pick folks.
Finally, the truth is starting to come out publicly in Houston. The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is a very strong lobby group. They boasted recently how they managed to stop any upcoming 2018 building codes they didn’t like. Oh really?
There are some people in that group who have found their voice and courage. According to one such member, their motto is: We’ll rebuild these houses as many times as you’ll pay us to do it.
Someone from the insurance board said – We can’t prevent the event, but we can mitigate the damage. That sentence is only true if there are building codes, which there are not many in Texas.
If people living in known flood zones and covered wetlands had to pay the full cost of that risk, much of those areas would empty out. And who would they pay? The government would create an insurance policy. If you want to live in such an area, then they would pay up front for the damage that occurs when there is a flood or hurricane – which is a given.
Houston has to decide now what to do with all those homeless people. Rebuild in the same area and flood again in two years? Move people to more sensible areas? And who is going to pay for all of this? How much money is each family without insurance getting? They have to start all over again – housing, clothing, furniture, cars etc.
Guess who’s one of the happiest people on the planet? Prince Harry. With the third pregnancy of his sister-in-law Kate, he moves one step further away from ever becoming King of England. He gets the money, some of the engagements but none of the responsibility. How good is that Blanche?
Yet another pea-brain edict from the Quebec government. Blanche, we are beginning to think that a pea is too big to describe the size of the brains of french canadian bureaucrats. Could be they are the size of a pinhead.
The latest genius move is that if a child has lice in a classroom they can come to school and not tell anyone. Only until 10% of the class has it will the rest of the parents be told. Why you ask? Because it will ‘hurt the self-esteem’ of the child.
We have no words. Lice jump from head to head. That’s a fact. If a school waits until 10% of a classroom has lice, the entire school will be infested.
Here’s an idea. Send Barrette into a classroom where a kid has lice. Let him sit beside that kid for a day and watch what happens when a louse to jump onto his genius head. The only term for those people in the health ministry is ignoramuses.