President Trump announced plans to end Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA. DACA was founded in 2012 and allowed certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable 2 year deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
This Obama-era program granted work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived in this illegally with their lawbreaking parents.
Although many of these DACA ‘kids’ are actually adults, the media wants Americans to believe that the vast majority are ‘helpless children and babies’.
The fact of the matter is…that couldn’t be any further from the truth!
This is about President Trump enforcing our immigration laws and the Constitution. Period.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — one of Barack Obama’s signature executive orders protecting illegal immigrants in the United States — will be repealed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, sources told Fox News.
However, there’s a catch to the president’s action: he’s going to leave the program in place for six months so that Congress can find a solution.
The program, which was signed by President Obama back in July of 2012, allowed individuals — colloquially known as “Dreamers” — who were in this country illegally but who had been brought here as children to remain in the country via a renewable two-year deportation deferral. Individuals covered under the program could also obtain a work permit.
The president had mixed feelings on DACA, which he publicly aired. In February, the Los Angeles Times reported that the administration had already drafted an executive order repealing Obama’s initiative. However, in a press conference that same month, Trump indicated he had issues with repealing the order.
“DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me,” President Trump said, promising to handle the issue “with heart.… It’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids.”
According to Politico, the president eventually decided with repealing the order after consulting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In their conversations, Sessions convinced the president that it was Congress’ job to set immigration policy, not the executive branch’s.
While White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as saying that he “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago” on DACA, they now have a six-month window to do something about it.
This is going to infuriate a lot of members of the left. The modus operandi of the Democrat Party is to stonewall the Trump administration at every turn, refusing to work with either the White House or congressional Republicans. Now, the president is insisting that immigration policy be set through Congress — as it should have been since the beginning.
So, there’s the Hobson’s choice: either work with Republicans on a more modest version of DACA, or have the Republicans do it on their own. Should it be the latter, they run the risk of DACA being repealed entirely and putting the 800,000 individuals protected by it at risk for deportation.
Of course, were this passed by Congress in the first place — instead of via the pen and phone of our former president — we wouldn’t be talking about this.
As stated by Zero Hedge, Trump is ‘igniting a political firestorm’.
First, we the former president, ‘I’ve got a pen’ Barack Hussein Obama who’s not happy about Trump’s plan to rescind his DACA program and plans on speaking out on Facebook. Obama said he’s not going to remain silent if “kids who have grown up here” were round up.
Then, we have the wonderful RINO and Speaker Paul Ryan, himself who was against DACA before he was for it, attacking Trump over his plans to end DACA. In 2014, Ryan called DACA ‘unconstitutional’, but that was then, and this is now.
Hey! Trump’s one catch is – Congress has 6 MONTHS to figure it out! So get at!
In June 2013, nearly all Republicans in the House of Representatives (along with three Democrats) voted 224-201 to defund DACA. Lead author of the amendment Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) stated,
“The point here is…the President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air, and he’s done both with these Morton memos in this respect.” However, in practice Congress does not have the ability to defund DACA since the program is almost entirely funded by its own application fees rather than congressional appropriations.
To qualify for DACA, applicants must have met the following major requirements, although meeting them does not guarantee approval:
- Came to the United States before their 16th birthday
- Have lived continuously in the United States since 15 June 2007
- Were under age 31 on 15 June 2012 (i.e., born on 16 June 1981 or after)
- Were physically present in the United States on 15 June 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- Had no lawful status on 15 June 2012
- Have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces, or are enrolled in school
- Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
As of June 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received 844,931 initial applications for DACA status, of which 741,546 (88%) were approved, 60,269 (7%) were denied, and 43,121 (5%) were pending. Over half of those accepted reside in California and Texas.
You can bet the RINOS and DemocRATS will be fighting tooth and nail on this one.
Who know’s we may even see them tie this into relief funds for Hurricane Harvey.
Stay tuned folks. This should get very interesting.
But hey! This is what happens when you have a former president that was all about ‘I’ve got a pen and a phone’ and not so much about upholding the Constitution.
Unfortunately, the former President ‘I’ve got a pen’ Obama for many years failed to faithfully enforce our immigration laws. In fact, Obama encouraged more and more illegals to come into America.
DACA is the pinnacle of non-enforcement; not only does it protect illegal immigrants from deportation, it provides benefits that by law are reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants.
Why come to the U.S. legally if you can acquire many of the same benefits by coming illegally?
Enforcing our immigration laws encourages people to come to the U.S. legally and discourages illegal immigration.
Again, the fact remains former President ‘I’ve got a pen’ Obama acted beyond his constitutional authority when he provided through DAPA pseudo-amnesty and government benefits that had not been authorized by Congress.
Now, Trump is ending an unconstitutional DACA program. Period.