UCLA hosts ‘Undocumented Unafraid’ forum for DACA supporters …Isn’t DACA UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROGAM?

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DACA is an unconstitutional program, and the amnesty it represents is misguided. It was brought in by Obama and is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! PERIOD.

Several UCLA departments hosted a forum Monday to galvanize support for illegal immigrants and discuss recent developments related to DACA, and unconstitutional program.


The University of California, Los Angeles hosted a forum Monday on empowering illegal immigrant students and pressuring lawmakers to make the DACA program permanent.

The event titled “Immigration Forum: Students Speak Out!” took place Monday and featured several guest lecturers, including elected officials, who led the roughly 300 audience members in chants of “This is what democracy looks like,” “Student power,” and more, The Daily Bruin reported.

According to the publication, the main organizers of the event were the students of the labor and workplace studies class that primarily focuses on examining issues related to the immigration rights movement, though a Facebook event page indicates that the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and three other departments also collaborated on the event.

The UCLA Labor Center advertised the event in late February, tweeting a short promotional video for the forum on the “current state of #DACA and the future of #UndocumentedImmigrants living in the United States.”


The Labor Center, as well as its project the “Dream Resource Center,” also tweeted updates throughout the event, posting videos of various activities and lectures that were presented during the forum.

“Immigrants add value in so many ways to the communities where they live, work, and study,” the IRLE tweeted Monday. “Today, thousands of Dreamers and allies are calling on our leaders to defend DACA. #UndocumentedUnafraid.”

“DACA recipients have contributed billions of dollars to the U.S. economy by bringing our skills and talents to the American workforce, helping to create jobs and raise wages for native-born workers along the way,” the institute wrote in another tweet.

According to the Bruin, Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, praised the instructor who spearheaded the event, Maria Ignacia Rodriguez, noting that she was one of the first undocumented student graduates of the UCLA School of Law.


Wong also explained that the timing of the forum is intended to coincide with the Trump administration’s promise to end DACA by early March.

“This day…was the day Donald Trump hoped to kill DACA and crush the dreams of 700,000 DACA youth across the country,” Wong told the newspaper. “We are here today to tell him he will never crush those dreams.”

Also present for the event were several elected officials, including the author of the California Dream Act, Gilbert Cedillo, and former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, both of whom encouraged attendees to follow up their words with action by supporting Democratic candidates in local and national elections.

“We have to be strategic: Elections matter,” Cedillo said, according to the Bruin. “I’m all for protests, but I’m also for winning elections because those votes count the most.”


Solis, meanwhile, told the audience that “what President Trump wanted to do was wipe us all off,” saying “the solution is going to be that we continue to advocate for having our voices heard and demonstrating the power we all have.”

Until recently, the DACA program and the policy debate to address the issue also enjoyed a hard deadline, thanks to President Trump’s announcement that the program would end on March 5.

DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, offered amnesty and work status to a subset of illegal aliens: those who came here as children. It was enacted by President Obama in a wholly unconstitutional way: without going through Congress. In fact, DACA is not a law at all, DACA is a DHS memo purporting to have the force of law.

As such, President Trump announced in September that he would end the program on March 5. March 5 became one of the most important deadlines Congress was facing, and it looked like Republicans would be forced to make a deal with Democrats to somehow offer status to current DACA beneficiaries in exchange for secure border-security-related policy improvements.


As time marched on, the debate inside the halls of Congress raged. The Democrats even shut down the government in a desperate attempt to force action before the deadline.

In the end, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opened the Senate floor to debate on the immigration issue, allowing both sides to offer proposals to deal with the March 5th deadline. The deadline had done its job in forcing action, but the Senate still rejected each proposal both sides hoping for more of the policies they were pursuing. More amnesty for the left. More border security for the right.

One could speculate that senators thought they had more time to adjudicate the issue. But then the Supreme Court took away the March 5th deadline. A federal court has placed a dubious injunction of President Trump’s intent to end the program, and the Supreme Court signaled it would not hear the case, opting instead to wait for the 9th Circuit ruling.

Now, the urgency to solve the so-called DACA problem has completely evaporated, and it’s much less likely that Congress will pass anything related. Even when the hard deadline was in place, Congress couldn’t act with a few weeks before the deadline, proving once and for all that only urgency measured in hours would spur action.


DACA is an unconstitutional program, and the amnesty it represents is misguided. Amnesty always leads to more law-breaking. At one point in this debate, some conservatives were willing to accept a limited amnesty to secure serious improvements in border security, but that moment seems to have passed.

How many times do we need to tell liberals that DACA is an unconstitutional program?


Resources: Campus Reform, The Hill


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