No the Supreme Court did NOT Issue a “Major Blow to Trump’s Efforts to Cancel DACA”: This Fascist Regime is On a Roll and Must Be DRIVEN OUT!

What the Supreme Court News on DACA does NOT Mean… and What It DOES Mean

March 1, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper |


On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn a stay of elements of Trump’s decree ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on March 5. Ending DACA would rip away any protection from deportation for over 800,000 “Dreamers” brought to this country as children. The current stay allows people enrolled in DACA to renew their protected status as it expires. The stay was issued by Federal District Courts in California and New York. This ruling is – at the moment – in effect nationwide.

Here’s the defining context: The Trump/Pence regime’s war on immigrants is the linchpin and battering ram of the whole fascist program being hammered into place by the Trump/Pence Regime. Fascism is a qualitative change in how society is governed.  Fascism foments and relies on xenophobic nationalism, racism, misogyny, and the aggressive re-institution of oppressive “traditional values.”  Once in power, fascism essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights.

In that light, here’s what today’s news does NOT mean:

  1. The fact that the Supreme Court did not intervene now does not mean the Supreme Court in any way, shape or form upheld DACA, or gave any indication that it will. This is not a “Major Blow to Trump’s Efforts to Cancel DACA” as liberal media and too many people in the movement who do or should know better are claiming. If things continue on their present course, the Trump/Pence Regime is likely to get a ruling in its favor from the Supreme Court. As the Washington Post explained: “Appellate courts can lift the injunctions at any time, even before a ruling on the merits [of the Trump Regime’s appeal of the orders]. At best it is a momentary pause for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as for Congress and President Trump. (emphasis added). The status of DACA youth remains hanging by a thread.
  2. Today’s news does not mean that the over 1 million young people eligible for DACA who have not signed up can sign up for it, or that they are spared from being targeted by ICE for deportation. And it does not mean that the eleven million undocumented human beings in the United States, including hundreds of thousands who have had Temporary Protective Status ripped out from under them, can step out from the shadows, breathe, and feel free to go to school, work, medical care, church or a park without being seized by ICE and deported, including to countries wracked by severe poverty, violence where deportation can be a death sentence. In fact, the terrorization of immigrant communities is intensifying at this moment. On February 26, the mayor of Oakland, CA warned that “(ICE) is preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.” Now there are reports that 150 people have been rounded up, intensifying the state of terror among immigrants. And “unofficial” terror and violence by fascist  thugs is being further incited: on February 23, Trump gave a Hitler-channeling speech to a rabid audience of supporters calling immigrants “snakes.”
  3. If this Supreme Court decision to decline to intervene in DACA lawsuits for the moment demobilizes people, that will be deadly. The path of relying on the courts to stand up to Trump was a horrible dead end when it came to the Muslim Ban. Energy and resistance to that ban dissipated while the regime won eventual victories in court and circumvented (bypassed) the courts to implement the ban through decrees (see “Trump Regime s “End Run” Imposes a Muslim Ban). Nor is it rational or ethical to expect the Democrats will put up a fight to defend the DREAMers – they have shown over and over they are unwilling or unable to do anything but cave when it comes to defending DACA, let alone standing up for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in a state-of-siege in America.
  4. In a much more significant ruling, the next day the Supreme Court legalized the existence of indefinite detention without trial or due process for immigrants – institutionalizing concentration camps in America! On February 27the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants can be held in detention indefinitely without bail hearings! One dissenting justice said the government’s argument – which was accepted by the Supreme Court – is “basically saying that we’re not a country of law, that we’re a country of arbitrariness in detaining people, locking them up.” Think about that! This is not a civil libertaries activist speaking, this is a U.S. Supreme Court justice. In this ruling we see in one piece of the puzzle how the war on immigrants is a battering ram to attack and strip away all basic democratic rights.
  5. Fascism can absorb Separate Acts of Resistance… pick a topic that you care about, and you will find out what the agenda of the fascist Trump/Pence regime is, cruel America first chauvinism, white supremacy, a return to oppressive patriarchal control of women, a culture against diversity, truth, and critical thinking. People have been protesting in courageous, determined, and creative ways, especially most recently to defend immigrants from the all-out vicious assaults by this regime and its enforcers. This is vitally important. But fascism can absorb separate acts of resistance because it wages battles on many fronts, with the aim of entirely remaking society and government. These attacks are fast and furious and shocking, trying to wear down our opposition and build up our tolerance. And while fascists cannot implement their whole program at once, these attacks do happen on many fronts simultaneously and are carried out by different parts of the regime and their collaborators.

So what does all this mean? It means we have to confront he reality of what we are up against: a fascist regime. It emphasizes that stakes of all kinds of people standing with DACA youth, with TPS recipients, with all those in detention right now and demanding the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! has called for protests on March 1. Protests have also been called for March 5. JOIN THEM! And bring the message and understanding that this all-around assault on immigrants is a horror in its own right and the linchpin and battering ram of the whole fascist program being hammered into place by the Trump/Pence Regime.

This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!



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