Immigration was arguably the biggest issue Donald Trump campaigned on, telling voters he would build a wall, institute H1B visa reform, end amnesty programs, refuse refugees, abolish birthright citizenship, and even reduce legal levels of immigration.
How times have changed.
While Trump has made some early steps to reform H1B visas, he’s either been stalled or has flip-flopped on almost every other one of his immigration positions. Most recently, he’s flipped on the Obama program for unauthorized immigrants who came to America as children, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Thursday night that DACA would continue to shield illegal immigrants that came to the U.S. as minors, reported The New York Times.
On their website, DHS stated that dreamers will continue to be eligible to renew their work permits every two years and no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates. The website did change slightly, previously it stated it would not deport any Dreamers who were enrolled in DACA. However, the administration has moved away from that position and deported 43 in the first two months.
This is a total reversal from what Trump promised during the campaign when the then-Republican nominee proposed to “immediately terminate” DACA.
Many of Trump’s supporters were hoping the President would at least end no enrollees into the program, instead he’s added nearly 100,000 since January.
Besides DACA, Trump has disappointed his base by flip-flopping on other immigration issues, including continuing Catch-and-Release, increasing the number of refugees, and increasing the number of foreign workers — especially those that take blue collar jobs.
Trump’s flip-flopping comes as his poll numbers have slumped, even with his base. They are holding on to fewer and fewer of his promises, including building the wall in March/April 2018 and continuing to see illegal border crossings decline, which is down nearly 47 percent from last year.