Balance of Power: Trump’s `Dreamer' Dodge Roils Republicans

Donald Trump’s decision yesterday to halt a popular Obama-era immigration program risks touching off a Republican civil war, pitting the president against the party’s business-minded base in Congress.

The program is known as DACA — short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and it protects immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Corporate leaders, everyone from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Goldman Sachs’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein, criticized Trump’s move and said workers in the program deserve protection. Democrats say ending it is heartless. And many Republicans believe alienating the fast-growing Hispanic voting bloc is political suicide.

Stoking the anti-immigration flames is Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon, who has used his newfound freedom to egg on Trump to pursue his nationalist impulses.

Trump is giving himself an out, leaving it to Congress to protect the so-called Dreamers by the time he ends the program in March. He suggested he might revisit the issue if lawmakers don’t.

In trying to have it both ways, Trump angered a lot of Republicans right when he needs them to avert a showdown over spending and the debt ceiling — trading leverage in those upcoming fights for a win among Bannon’s Breitbart News readers.

Demonstrators in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters yesterday. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg 

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Carpe diem | With North Korea preoccupying the Trump administration, the U.S. has become less vocal on China’s actions in the South China Sea, leading Beijing to tighten its grip on the disputed waterway. Vietnam has halted drilling in a contested area, while the Philippines is talking about joint exploration with China. Southeast Asian nations appear less willing to stand up to Beijing without overt American support.

Triple trouble | Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans have suffered more setbacks. As Birgit Jennen and Tim Ross report, not only did a top EU official say she doubts trade talks will start next month, but the opposition Labour Party announced it was prepared to challenge key legislation. May also has to deal with the leak of a document outlining new immigration limits that, according to the Guardian, are meant to “make existing residents better off.”

And finally… Brazilian police found suitcases and cardboard boxes bursting with bills in what was the country’s largest-ever cash seizure. By early evening, police were still counting and the tally has now surpassed the equivalent of $12.8 million. Found in an apartment allegedly used by Geddel Vieira Lima, a cabinet minister until last year, police haven’t struggled to find superlatives for the haul: They’ve dubbed it the “Lost Treasure.”

The suitcases and boxes found during the raid in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Source: Brazil’s Federal Police

 

— With assistance by Kathleen Hunter

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