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Smoke and Mirrors at the DNC: How Repetition and Pandering Was Used to Cover Up for Disastrous Policy

Barack Obama’s speech tonight proved what many had suspected: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, was a contrived and cynical move meant to cover up for the broken promise of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIR, and for Obama’s more than 1.2 million deportations.

President Obama insisted for years an Executive Order that would provide relief to the millions of unauthorized workers and their families was out of his hands.

But somehow he was able to find a way to take out his presidential pen just in time for the election. Of course.

The ploy seems to have worked on many observing the Democratic National Convention. By repeatedly using the term “DREAMers,” Democrats got many to confuse DACA with the DREAM Act, legislation Obama failed to pass and one which fell very short of his promise to enact CIR his first year in office.

Aside from the several mentions of “DREAMers,” was this line from President Obama during his speech:

"You’re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here…will no longer be deported from the only country she’s ever called home."

This type of pandering may appeal to some, but let’s not forget he’s overseen the highest number of deportations of any president in US history, most targeting non-criminal offenders; he’s allowed ICE Jails run by the private prison industry to flourish under his administration; and, his policies have criminalized a hard working community the United States depends on, our community.

For those who need a refresher course on how Obama’s policies have been a nightmare for Mexican communities throughout the United States, watch Frontline’s "Lost in Detention."

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