On Tuesday, September 5th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on behalf of the Justice Department and the Trump Administration that DACA would be “rescinded” as an executive action of the Executive Branch. He noted, “To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It's just that simple. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that.” He went on to explain that the president would allow Congress time to change existing immigration law if it so chooses, not act in a unilateral fashion as Mr. Obama did by “ordering this blanket exception” through executive fiat.
In response to the announcement by Mr. Sessions, Barack Obama said, “Let's be clear: the action taken today isn't required legally; it’s a political decision, and a moral question.” Well, he should know since he conveniently introduced DACA during an election year. Even The New York Times noted, “In many ways, the president’s move was a clear play for a crucial voting bloc in states that will decide whether he gets another term. . . Many of the students live in states that could be pivotal for Mr. Obama’s re-election prospects, including Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.”
As one might expect, California Representative Nancy Pelosi joined the fray by stating, “President Trump's decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America.” Political cowardice? Since when is following the Rule of Law looked upon as political cowardice? In truth, if you want to speak of political cowardice, Ms. Pelosi, I suggest you look in the mirror. Who failed to call Barack Obama to task for overstepping his executive powers? You did. Ms. Pelosi seems to love the word cowardice. You may remember back in May, she said that Texas’ new sanctuary city laws were also an “act of cowardice,” and wondered what the Texas legislature feared by enacting the legislation.
DACA specifically created legal protection for approximately 800,000 young adults who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. The point of then-President Obama’s executive action was to free them from the fear of being deported and offer them work permits and eligibility for certain benefits. As many of these youth came as children, America is the only home they know. They are, in effect, victims of a choice made by their parents, and therefore, the majority of Americans believe prosecuting them would be unjust and inhumane. In response to this quandary, President Trump has rightly determined that the Legislative Branch needs to fix this mess once and for all through legal means.
The American people also are concerned about who foots the bill for illegal aliens. The Supreme Court has ruled that the American taxpayers bear the burden for any illegal aliens who come here. The logic goes something like this: Since the American people elect representatives to create and enforce our laws, if those elected officials choose to ignore the law, they have made a choice on behalf of the American taxpayer! Therfore, the American taxpayer then takes it on the chin and ends up paying for the illegal aliens’ welfare benefits, education, medical expenses, etc. In effect, thanks to this ruling, they become de facto citizens without following the citizenship process.
President Trump’s position on the DACA matter was stated very clearly: I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws. Our elected leaders must first and foremost respect, defend, and uphold the Constitution. President Trump takes that commitment seriously and is demonstrating his respect for the law with his decision on DACA. He deserves our support. In the words of Mr. Obama, Let us be clear on this issue: The individuals protected under this façade of relief from law are technically criminals under our existing laws. They are not dreamers—Obama’s attempt to mask their illegal status using such a term is manipulation at its finest.
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