President Obama’s DACA executive order protecting young aliens within our land was as much about ending the crushing of lives by the prejudicial disregard of some white supremacists, as was President Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation executive order.

Like Lincoln, Obama faced a Congress that was not disposed to the kind of governance of equality for all that the Founders had declared on July 4, 1776. Like Lincoln, Obama took action.

Trump pretends what his action was forced on him by the neglect of others. But it was Republicans in Congress that blocked -- via Senate filibuster -- Obama’s attempts for legislative redress of the whole matter.

It is all someone else’s fault, and Trump, along with those that intentionally blocked action are now full of love, compassion and intent to set things right. Trump insists he neither has nor Obama had any presidential power to provide even the slightest ray of hope for the dreams of the young people granted temporary succor via DACA.

But Trump did find a way to permanently free a thug of a sheriff from his being held responsible under the law for the criminal maltreatment of these same people. Why doesn’t Trump use his power of pardon to help these hundreds of thousands of “illegals?”

Sam Osborne

West Branch, Iowa