First off, let’s talk strategy. Given that the left has been screaming Racism against the President since the beginning of his candidacy, that attack rings hollow. Given that corporate CEO’s who begged for DACA to be retained, just the week prior ran away from the President’s advisory committees over the false Charlottesville Canard. Finally, given the behavior of immigrant’s rights activists and their willing lackeys in the media echoing the racism charge… they all combined to make the decision easy as the President lost nothing from undoing DACA
Even at that, the final decision by the President to put DACA on a 6 month timeline to expire was merciful and reasonable. The President put the onus on Congress to do the job. The original DACA was unconstitutional as it was an executive action by the President that was designed to be an end-around congress. The President himself laid out an extremely strong case for his decision:
“As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America,” the statement begins. “At the same time, 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.”
The fundamental problem with Obama’s DACA order is that it is simply an executive order. Far-reaching decisions about who is and isn’t a citizen must be determined by the legislative branch.
“The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws — this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend,” Trump continues. “In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.”
So there you have it.
O’Brien said that the vast majority of the 800,000 illegal immigrants now in DACA have never been interviewed by any representative of the U.S. government, either in person on over the phone.
Then there is this:
Vaughan pointed out that 5,000 illegal immigrants who were being held in detention centers and who were on track for deportation at the time DACA took effect were released and granted DACA status.
“They were considered a public safety threat,” she said. “Even under the Obama administration, they were being detained.”
Said O’Brien: “I personally witnessed an alarming number of people who had gang affiliations applying for this program.”
Most of them, he said, were approved.
Now that groups like MS-13 are being hunted, it puts this in stark relief.
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees revealed that more than 45,000 DACA recipients were approved for “advance parole,” which is permission to leave and reenter the U.S. despite not being in permanent legal status here.
The loophole is known among immigration activists, and public colleges in California were urged to use it to help their illegal immigrant students here under the DACA program to gain legal status.
The California-Mexico Studies Center actually advertises just such a program, charging thousands of dollars to give Dreamers a chance to travel south to Mexico to qualify for advance parole. Part of the fees the program collects help pay for “legal advice and filing assistance” in obtaining advance parole.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York and other states said DACA has provided important humanitarian protection for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.
The states said that since 78 percent of DACA recipients are Mexican, revoking the policy is proof of the president’s antipathy toward Mexico, which they trace back to his campaign statements.
Got it? Trump said mean things, therefore you have to side with us. That rationale was used in the travel ban court cases. While people are being distracted by the race card, note that if the Judges set a legal precedent that campaign speech can be used to invalidate laws, then imagine the rationale that can be used to muzzle the Church or Conservatives in general.
Once again, President Trump was willing to take the savaging from the left media and the democrats to provide leadership. This caused the Speaker of the House to make bold statements about how Congress will fix DACA but any fix would be tied to border security:
P(aul)R(yan): That’s exactly my position. Look, here’s the point I keep making on this, is this DACA dilemma that we are experiencing here, why do we have it? It is a symptom of a bigger problem. And the bigger problem is we do not have control of our borders. And because we do not have control of our borders, we have this problem. So it’s just reasonable and natural that we should address the root cause of this problem, lack of control of our borders, and get border security, interior enforcement, the things that you need to do to secure your borders so that you don’t have a DACA problem 10 years from now. So we want to address the cause and the effect, the symptom and the root cause of the problem. And that is only reasonable. And that is what our point is. And so there is a compromise to be had here, and that’s what this compromise looks like, in my mind.
GB: And so there will not be a stand-alone Dream Act coming out of the House?
PR: That’s right…We cannot — because we — because we won’t fix the problem. If we just rubber-stamp a standalone Dream Act, then we’re going to have another Dream Act that we’re going to need in 10 years from now.
President Trump’s leadership is forcing Republican Leadership to plant their flag in the ground. Polls, even biased media polls show 60-70% support for various border / immigration measures. Nothing the President is doing is unpopular. This is why the left smear machine has to go in to overdrive in an attempt to stop him.