INVIGORATION OF POLITICAL FAULT LINES IN USA




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-09.09.2017- Recently, US President Donald Trump announced that DACA  (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) would be ended in six months and about 800.000 youngsters expected to be deported. Regardless of mass demonstrations and stong criticism of Democrats, it seems this decision would invigorate historical, political fault lines between states of the US.

On Wednesday, 15 states including New York, Washington and Seattle, annoced that they sued Trump administration about the issue. The whole list contains: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

An aide to the Washington attorney general, Bob Ferguson, pronounced that his state was leading the legal action. He stated Trump’s decision to end DACA was “cruel and unlawful”. He added “It’s outrageous and I’m not going to put up with it,” he said. “It’s not right.”

Moreover, Washington state’s governor, Jay Inslee, named Trump’s decision to give an end to DACA program as ‘’malicious bigotry’’ and stated it would would “stifle the dreams of some of the most vibrant people in our community”. He also noted “This is being met with a wave of revulsion”.

It seems, ashes of American Civil War which is majoraly a slap dash lecture for foreigners, would resurrect. In 18th century, conservative South that supports slavery and more democratic North that give importance to basic human rights and equality, fought. Winner was the North in the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln. Since then, democracy, equality and respect to human rights were ‘’presented’’ as the core values of USA. On the other hand, daily struggles of black people living in the country continued for about 150 years more. 

Now, Trump’s moves led resurrection of the soul that divided the country. Donald Trump ignore efforts of migrants to develop country, pretend like the real owner or the only group that ‘’deserves’’ to live peacefully in USA are European based Protestants and probably see others as ‘’potential threats’’.

After the critical Muslim Ban, some of these plaintiff states were brought an action against Trump too. Hopefully, USA give up acting against its ‘’core values’’ that Washington ‘’persuade’’ other states to follow soon.