From: Mark Duwe

Columbus

Concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Donald Trump wants to cancel, he would do well to consider the following. This is Portia’s speech from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”:

“The quality of mercy is not strained;

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:

‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes

The throned monarch better than his crown:

His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,

The attribute to awe and majesty,

Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;

But mercy is above this sceptred sway;

It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,

It is an attribute to God himself;

And earthly power doth then show likest God’s

When mercy seasons justice.”

These “kids” have never known another country. Many of them don’t even know they aren’t fully legal Americans. Many have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and died for this country. If it were me, I would grant this group blanket amnesty and make them all American citizens — just as Ronald Reagan did.

Eighty-eight percent of the people in the United States believe DACA is a proper measure of mercy in this case. The other 12 percent need to peek out of their bubble once in a while to see the real world: the one where President Obama had the highest poll numbers in his last year of his presidency than any other president in history and Trump has the lowest poll numbers.

There is a good reason for this. President Obama and his family were pure class and true Americans. At least 60 percent of Americans can’t say that about President Trump. I just hope Vice President Mike Pence has the good sense to bolt before he goes down with the ship.