For many, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is seen as nothing more than a way for a president to reform immigration law without the authority to do so. This action is unconstitutional on its face.
Former President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order in June 2012 which usurped the power of the U.S. Congress.
The order allowed certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit which is renewable every two years.
President Donald Trump will be making a decision about DACA onTuesday. Several sources have indicated that he will end DACA after a six month period, which will presumably allow Congress time to enact legislation on the matter.
Why hasn’t Congress done so already?
At the beginning of the Obama presidency, Democrats had total control of both houses. And yet, they did absolutely nothing to pass legislation concerning DACA.
That hasn’t stopped them, however, from criticizing what may be Trump’s decision to end the unconstitutional policy enacted by Obama.
California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, who continually trolls Trump with tweets said:
“If @realDonaldTrump was interested in healing our nation, he wouldn’t end #DACA. His decision is based on healing to his shrinking base.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 4, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California tweeted:
“Congress MUST act to protect #DACA recipients. I’m ready to vote “YES” on the DREAM Act!”
Where was Feinstein in calling for a vote before or subsequent to Obama’s signing of an illegal Executive Order?
Congress MUST act to protect #DACA recipients. I'm ready to vote "YES" on the DREAM Act!
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 4, 2017
And then there’s California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and President “wannabe” who has been receiving “how-to lessons” in the Hamptons, who said:
“It would be a huge moral and economic mistake to end DACA.”
So says the senator who is looking for “votes” in a potential run for the White House in 2020.
It would be a huge moral and economic mistake to end DACA.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) September 1, 2017
California Democrats weren’t the only ones speaking out against ending DACA. New York Democrats also wanted the policy to continue for similar reasons.
Speaker Paul Ryan (D-Wis.) who once said DACA is unconstitutional called on Trump not to scrap the policy.
Ryan said when asked if the program should be abolished:
“I actually don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
Yet Ryan, like the democrats, never made a move to do so.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton also wants Congress to fix the problem but does not agree that DACA beneficiaries should receive legal status:
“We ought to take care of them. In any legislative fix, I would like to see them receive a green card.”
However, Cotton went on to say that Congress’ solution needs to be carefully thought through:
“In any legislative fix, I would like to see them receive a green card. We ought to recognize that giving them legal status has two problems. First, it creates a whole new class of people who will then be eligible for a green card and citizenship — namely, the extended family members of those who will receive legal status who can, through chain migration, get legal status themselves. Second, it will encourage more illegal immigration.”
Ann Coulter and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) may speak for many republicans who believe that DACA must be completely terminated or amnesty will be the next step that Republican and Democratic leadership will take.
Coulter said waiting six months before ending DACA to give Congress time to fix it would be “the worst of all possible outcomes.”
King may have said it best, however, when he tweeted:
“Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so [Republican] Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide.”
Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide. https://t.co/iYOLxFWp7V
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 4, 2017
While the decision regarding DREAMers may be a tough one for Trump, it will be a decision that many republicans and democrats will be watching closely.
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