Obama’s ‘Dreamers’ are about to get some bad news. And it’s not just the Left that’s upset about it.
The controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Obama instituted is lauded by those on the left as being ‘compassionate’ for children that had no choice in their illegal entry into the United States.
Opponents of DACA argue that it legitimizes illegal immigration and is a step towards amnesty. It is an undermining of the immigration laws that we already have in place, and disregards those that are trying to enter the country legally. As well, there are questions over the legality of the DACA program, as Obama did not bring it before Congress, but instead legislated with his ‘pen and phone’ with an executive order. Judges question whether the President can put such a policy in place unilaterally. And like all things government, the leftists were hoping to expand it to the parents of DACA recipients.
Because: ‘no one is illegal’ and all that crap.
Only, if you’ve violated immigration law, then you are here illegally.
The expansion of DACA was halted by a successful lawsuit by a group of Republican Attorneys General from ten states — Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia, and one Republican Governor.
There are nearly a million daca recipients in the United States. Beneficiaries of the program can, among other things, acquire work permits and driver’s licenses. They are not granted full legal status, but they can lead more normal lives—getting loans, attending college—in plain view of federal immigration authorities. Congress never approved the program, however. It was created under an executive order signed by President Obama. When the expanded version of daca was challenged in court, in 2014, judges took issue with the idea that the President could put in place such a policy unilaterally.
Source: The New Yorker
The Supreme Court was deadlocked on the issue last year — the decision was 4-4, as the vacant seat of Antonin Scalia hadn’t yet been filled.
Attorneys General from the ten states are threatening another lawsuit to dismantle DACA if President Trump doesn’t do it. And it appears that Attorney General Jeff Sessions agrees with them.
But it looks as though none of that will be necessary.
President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sources have confirmed.
Some in the GOP aren’t so thrilled, however.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, for one.
During a radio interview Friday House Speaker Paul Ryan said he does not think Trump should end DACA, and that Congress should step in to keep him from doing so.
‘These are kids who know no other country, who are brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe that there needs to be a legislative solution,’ Ryan told Wisconsin radio station WCLO.
Source: Daily Mail
And he’s certainly not alone. There are 18 GOP members — 3 Senators and 15 Members of Congress — that are opposing the President on this issue:
Aside from Ryan, the other lawmakers who don’t want Trump to end DACA are: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – who voted against the Dream Act in 2010 that basically gave the same protections as DACA) – and Sens. Orin Hatch (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ); and Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Will Hurd (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Scott Taylor (R-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and John Faso (R-NY).
Well, their own jobs are on the line if they don’t oppose him.
“Most of the Republicans challenging Trump are targets of Democrats seeking to win back the House next year and represent districts that will help determine the House majority,” the Hill reported on Friday.
Those lawmakers include Curbelo, who has filed amendments to an upcoming spending package to keep DACA intact, and Donovan, Valadao, Denham, Bacon, Ros-Lehtinen, McSally, Taylor (Va.), Diaz-Balart, Reichert, Newhouse, and Faso.
“Six of these lawmakers wrote to Trump earlier this month imploring him to leave DACA in place until Congress can pass immigration reform,” the Hill reported.
The 6 had also written a letter to Ryan seeking his support.
“The most striking move comes from Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who announced he will try to force a vote on his bill extending DACA work permits by starting a discharge petition — a rare move for a member of the House majority party,” the Hill reported, adding that Coffman would need to get all 194 House Democrats to sign his discharge petition, in addition to at least 23 Republican colleagues.
Curbelo — and many Democrats — had filed amendments to the spending bill that would provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep DACA in place.
Curbelo also has filed an amendment co-sponsored by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) that would allow DACA recipients to work for the federal government.
Imagine, having DACA recipients working for the federal government while they still have illegal status.
Immigration law is messed up and does indeed need work.
Allowing a slide towards large-scale amnesty by expanding, or even continuing the DACA program, is the wrong move and undermines the rule of law.
This is a sticky one and leftists love to talk about the ‘human cost’ of these legislative actions. But no matter how ‘compassionate’ the left wants you to be, they always demand more.
There is no compassion on the left for those that try to follow immigration law and have a hard time gaining citizenship.
The rule of law means very little to them, it seems.
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments.
by Doug Giles
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