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When he says “positive things are going on,” it can’t possibly be good:

There’s one fairly obvious reason for Trump’s optimism: he’s confident that Congress will not reach a deal to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, thus clearing the path for the expulsion of Dreamers from the United States on March 5.

The images of Dreamers being seized by ICE officials and ripped away from their families and communities will be among the most morally squalid images seen in our country since the footage of Bull Connor’s dogs and hoses being deployed against civil rights activists in Birmingham. Fox News wasn’t around in the 1960s to defend the assaults against civil rights leaders, thank goodness, but it’s with us today, and you can just hear the rationalizations and justifications from Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson as the soul-searing images play on American screens.

In Trump’s mind—and in Trump’s world—every Dreamer is an MS-13 sympathizer and exploiter of government assistance. He and his ideological allies cannot wait to “send ‘em all back to where they came from.” Their hatred of Dreamers is immeasurable in its intensity.

What happens if something goes wrong during an ICE attempt to take a Dreamer away from his or her family? What happens if a confrontation between ICE officials and a Dreamer results in a Dreamer sustaining a severe injury—or worse? I fear that if such an event were to happen, we would bear witness to the full ghoulishness of right-wing media entities, who would be eager, just as they were in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s passing six years ago, to make the victim out to be the villain.

If you can watch without vomiting, take a moment to watch this segment from CNN’s The Van Jones Show in which a Hispanic Trump voter, himself an immigrant, tries to defend Trump’s views towards immigrants. As you watch, you realize the extent to which Trump’s supporters have severed all connection to reality. Hate, including self-hate, can do that to people.

If nothing is done to help the Dreamers before then, March 5, 2018 will be remembered as a national day of shame. There will be frivolity on Fox and boasting on Breitbart, but there will be horror for the rest of us. However, it would be wrong to say that March 5 will be a test of our national soul. The test of our national soul occurred November 8, 2016. This country failed that test, and thus, this country has already failed the Dreamers.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.