The art of the deal

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - OPINION - Bar­bara Fore­man Siloam Springs

Some Amer­i­cans, es­pe­cially those who still can’t be­lieve Hil­lary lost the elec­tion, and the lib­eral main­stream me­dia can’t ac­cept a hard-driv­ing, no non­sense busi­ness­man as our Pres­i­dent; and are too bi­ased or aren’t per­cep­tive enough to un­der­stand Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­cent ac­tion re­gard­ing the Dream­ers — young peo­ple, most still in their 20s who were brought here il­le­gally by their par­ents when they were chil­dren.

By law, DACA is a Con­sti­tu­tional is­sue for Congress to de­cide. Even Pres­i­dent Obama al­luded to this when he is­sued his Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der. If you read be­tween the lines, ev­ery­thing Pres­i­dent Trump has said, in­clud­ing his

re­cent warn­ing that if Congress didn’t “Do the right thing, he would,” could be con­strued to in­di­cate he doesn’t be­lieve th­ese young peo­ple should be torn away from the only coun­try they’ve ever known.

To se­cure a DACA waiver, which must be re­newed ev­ery two years, the re­quire­ment is to ei­ther be in school, work­ing, or as some have done, join the Armed Ser­vices — which surely would in­di­cate they have a de­sire to be law bid­ing, pro­duc­tive Amer­i­can cit­i­zens.

Cal­i­for­nia’s state univer­sity sys­tem is su­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for his or­der to dis­con­tinue the DACA pro­gram, be­cause there are around 4,000 Dream­ers at­tend­ing col­lege in those schools. An ex­ten­sive ar­ti­cle in this past Sun­day’s DemocratGazette dis­cussed in de­tail how los­ing this seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion would have a dis­rup­tive ef­fect in the work force, par­tic­u­larly in the field of health care. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, there is a need for thou­sands of skilled work­ers, which hand­i­caps pro­duc­tion be­cause busi­nesses can’t find qual­i­fied work­ers to fill their needs.

Could this be a clever move by Pres­i­dent Trump to first put DACA on a le­gal path — some se­na­tors are al­ready talk­ing about a plan — then pub­lic pres­sure forc­ing Con­gres­sional ap­proval?

Last week this much ma­ligned pres­i­dent caused out­rage for some when he worked his “Art of the Deal” to avoid an im­pend­ing cri­sis. It was nec­es­sary to raise the na­tional debt ceil­ing in or­der to fund FEMA re­lief ef­forts in Texas, and now Florida — which by Con­gres­sional stan­dards would take weeks of hag­gling over a de­ci­sion. By reach­ing across the aisle, a bi­par­ti­san plan was ap­proved, and within two days fund­ing was on the way.

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