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Paul A Duginski
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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Donny Krueger, National Nightmare

Sep. 6, 2017 2:23 am
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Our Freddy Krueger-like president made good on his threat to be a nightmare for “Dreamers.”

Trump decided that kids and young adults known as “Dreamers” who have been shielded from deportation by a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, will start losing their protection in March, unless Congress acts.

These Dreamers are American in every way except for official documentation. They were brought to this country as minors and are here through no fault of their own. They’ve grown up as Americans and know no other country than this one. This is their home. Many have married, served in the U.S. Armed Forces and are otherwise part of the fabric of our great nation. There are approximately 800,000 such people, and California is home to more of them than any other state.

Donald Trump’s wacko base calls any program that allows these young people to stay an amnesty, but I doubt that the members of the Trump base have ever even met a Dreamer.

On the other hand, I know some of them personally, and can empathize. I feel it would be unfair and extremely cruel to deport them.

President Obama said in a statement: “To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

As Obama pointed out, this was purely politics, not an action that was legally required. And Trump didn’t even handle it in a courageous way. He turned it over to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to make the announcement, and he basically punted, putting the problem in the hands of the deeply divided Congress, where the GOP membership is already frustrated by its inability to accomplish anything.

Trump’s unnecessary act of cruelty sent thousands into the streets in cities around the country Tuesday, including in downtown Los Angeles, but it doubtless pleased his base, which we know includes neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates and white supremacists.

This president hasn’t just haunted the Dreamers, he’s been a waking nightmare for all right-thinking Americans, and we don’t even yet know all the details about how he may have colluded with the regime of a killer and dictator to win the Oval Office.

When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon after he was forced to resign because of the Watergate scandal, he said, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Well, it seems to be a recurring nightmare — this time it may even be worse than Watergate — and we’re all still trapped in the Trump nightmare, especially the Dreamers.

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