When President Trump announced his plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, liberals reacted with their trademark hysteria. Aided by their media allies, critics of the move tried to paint it as cruel and even racist. Worse yet — they said — most of the country disagrees with Trump’s decision.
What’s lost on Trump’s critics is this decision had little to do with “dreamers.” In forcing through DACA, former President Obama overreached his constitutional authority. With Trump reversing DACA, the responsibility for immigration law was rightfully returned to Congress. There, the desperate need for serious immigration reform can finally be addressed. Better yet, it will be done so legally.
Of course, none of that will stop the hyperventilating from the left. To them, it’s more proof of how out of touch the administration is with the American people. However, Trump’s decision is sure to be popular with his base, the majority of which support ending DACA. Moreover, polling conducted after Trump’s decision shows his approval numbers are on the rise.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.
Despite the narrative surrounding DACA, Trump’s approval has climbed 4% in the last week. After reaching a low of 39% approval in early August, Trump’s numbers have since rebounded nicely.
How this decision reflects Trump’s chances at reelection won’t become clear for some time. After his decision, Congress is moving swiftly to take action on immigration reform. While such efforts alluded George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Trump’s strategy may actually pay off with a major legislative victory. To know for sure, we’ll have to wait a few months.
[Note: This post was awritten by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]