NEW YORK: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went off on an epic rant attacking President Donald Trump and his immigration “program” that would end the protections put in place by President Barack Obama for children of immigrants.

“Even if you buy some of the more dubious anti-immigration arguments, none of them apply to the DREAMers,” Krugman tweeted Tuesday, adding that DREAMers are not the “low-skilled” workers the right seems to think they are.

Krugman continued, “They’re not culturally alien — they grew up here! They didn’t break the law by coming, since parents brought them. Why punish them?”

He declared that the answer is race, that Trump and his allies want to “make America white again,” while “acting tough for the sake of acting tough.”

“Apparently even Trump worries about how bad it looks — hence the scam over the 6-mo delay,” Krugman tweeted. “Don’t let him off the hook. This is vicious.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, would be ended after a six-month warning.

(Sarah K. Burris writes about politics and technology for Raw Story)