Attorneys Generals from ten states are threatening to sue the Trump administration if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections aren’t revoked by September 5. DACA is an Obama-era policy that grants semi-legal status to undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. while children.
“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” the states, led byTexas Attorney General Paxton, wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Just like DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
Obama satisfied the fringe elements of his base by securing a path to amnesty for nearly one million illegal immigrants. The DACA program shields eligible migrants from deportation and allows them to apply for work permits.
It’s an ill-advised law for several reasons, but among the most obvious is the fact that it creates an incentive for children to cross the border. Enter America while you’re a minor and immigration rules don’t apply.
“The Executive Branch does not have the unilateral power to confer lawful presence and work authorization on unlawfully present aliens simply because the Executive chooses not to remove them,” the coalition wrote.
The states aren’t even demanding that the Justice Department follow the law to its full extent. Paxton explicitly mentioned that the lawsuit isn’t asking for DACA recipients, also called Dreamers, to be deported. The attorneys are merely requesting that the illegals are no longer granted special privileges.
“If by September 5, 2017, the Executive Branch agrees to … not renew or issue any DACA or expanded DACA permits in the future, the the plaintiffs … will voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit currently pending in the Southern District of Texas. Otherwise the complaint in that case will be amended to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining expanded DACA permits,” the letter states.
Dreamers are flouting the law. Hardworking people spend years trying to earn American citizenship. Its privileges shouldn’t be granted to illegals just because they’re young. There are millions of young people across the world who desire to become an American.
President Trump was elected on a strong anti-illegal immigration platform. Trump realized that Americans were sick of losing resources and jobs to criminal illegals. While the Democrats talked about the wonders of refugees, Trump rallied Americans around the idea of strong borders.
The Trump administration is already working towards making it more difficult for undocumented migrants to enter the U.S. in the first place. The Justice Department is also making impressive strides towards deporting illegals who the previous administration ignored.
However, Dreamers represent a special, protected class. Because of Obama, they have rights that other illegals don’t. The White House needs to strip them of their privileges if it wants to please the American people.
“For these same reasons that DAPA and Expanded DACA’s unilateral Executive Branch conferral of eligibility for lawful presence and work authorization was unlawful, the original June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum is also unlawful,” the states’ letter reads. “The original 2012 DACA program covers over one million otherwise unlawfully present aliens.”
Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, told NBC News that the organization “condemns in the strongest terms each of the state officials who joined in threatening the federal administration to repeal DACA.”
“MALDEF urges the president not to cave in to the toothless threat in today’s Texas letter. Presidential authority does constitutionally extend to protecting DACA recipients, whom the president has repeatedly declared worthy of protection. We urge the president to fight to vindicate that authority.”
Hopefully, the opinions of millions of Americans will weigh more with Trump than the complaints of a few liberals.