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Trump's slight to DACA immigrants sounds like 'all lives matter'

2018-01-31

Perhaps the most nauseating line of President Trump’s State is the Union speech — and there were many — was his sneaky swipe at DACA immigrants and the people who support them.

Right in the middle of his fake call for unity, the touchy-feely President fell back into his comfort zone, the us-versus-them tableau where he has done most of his damage.

It was there, before Congress and the world, that Trump gave voice to his racism without sounding like a racist.

“Americans are dreamers, too,” Trump said.

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Well, it was certainly better than his last foray into the subject of immigration, when he broad-brushed Haiti, El Salvador and most of the nations from the African continent as “shithole countries.”

There was no swearing in this speech. Just the patronizing dismissiveness that comes with bigoted entitlement.

It was at the State of the Union address, before Congress and the world, that Trump gave voice to his racism without sounding like a racist.

It was at the State of the Union address, before Congress and the world, that Trump gave voice to his racism without sounding like a racist.

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Trump’s “dreamers” line was right up there with the language of the insecure imbeciles who insist on reminding us that “all lives matter” whenever someone protests black injustice.

And, speaking of black injustice, Trump’s call for unity included a subtle, yet, noticed, attack on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Because every time you criticize athletes — as Trump did — for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, without acknowledging the inequities they are demonstrating against, you are saying you don’t care about the issue.

Many people, black and white, don’t agree with the method of protest.

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But by focusing solely on the flag, the President’s message is clear: Black lives don’t matter any more than the lives of immigrant dreamers, even if the black unemployment rate is down.

But back to the dreamers, which is what we took to calling young people affected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy — which protects immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Trump is ready to let DACA expire in a few weeks.

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No one is saying that Americans aren’t dreamers any more than anyone is saying that the lives of one race matter any more than the lives of another.

What we’re saying is that the dream, the American Dream, the one that Langston Hughes told us to “hold fast to,” is big enough for everyone.