On Tuesday, September 5th, President Trump announced he was planning on ending the DACA program and called on Congress to draft replacement legislation before Obama's signature immigration policy expired at the end of the next 6 months. The DACA program protects those were brought into the country illegally at a young age from deportation, and allows them to work in the U.S. while giving them no path towards citizenship. DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, were often raised in this country (they pay taxes and have committed no crimes), and are being threatened with deportation to a place they have no memory of or connection to. While the Trump administration defended his disavowal of DACA as an attempt to protect the rights of Americans whose jobs are being "usurped" and wages lowered by DACA recipients, protests began almost immediately in reaction to this new policy. Critics have accused President Trump's decision to put DACA in jeopardy as cruel, short-sighted, and racist.
That's right. Tomi's great-great-grandfather, Constantin Dietrich, was born in Odessa, Russia in 1887 and came to America looking for a better life. While living here, he was indicted by a grand jury for forging a document and swearing falsely to the date of his declaration (apparently because he had let too much time pass before completing the naturalization process). It looks like he was guilty of the crime and was in danger of being deported!
How unfortunate... she seemed so sure her ancestors invented America.— Sean Maguire (@sean_m_maguire) September 8, 2017
An ironic twist: the jurors took pity on poor Constantine and acquitted him of the charges. He became a full-fledged citizen in 1926 and now, just over 90 years later, his great-great-grandaughter would have wanted him thrown out of the country! Jennifer Mendelsohn, the genealogist who discovered the factoid, had no idea she was going to track down such a juicy detail:
I was curious how long it would take me to hit an immigrant if I dug into the tree of Tomi Lahren, the platinum blonde, snowflake-hating ultra-conservative firebrand recently hired by Fox News. The answer was ‘not long,'” Mendelsohn wrote, “but I never expected to hit pay dirt quite like I did.
I bring this to light not to shame or embarrass Tomi Lahren. Poke any family tree and you’ll often find similar irregularities. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Constantin Dietrich was a bad person or a scorn-worthy ‘illegal’ to be demonized. Perhaps it only means that like millions of others, his overweening desire to become a US citizen may have caused him to try to cut a corner or two...It means it’s pretty damn ironic that she continues to claim the moral high ground on this one, throwing stone after stone at illegal immigrants, unaware that she’s been living in a proverbial glass house all along.
Lahren is currently working at Fox News, primarily as a contributor for Sean Hannity, after being fired by Glen Beck's company The Blaze for pro-choice comments she made while appearing on ABC's The View. Of course, considering her family's history of illegal immigration, it's going to be pretty awkward around the office for the next couple days.