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Immigration Reform and the Staggering Democrat Duplicity on DACA

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President Trump hosted a rare televised White House policy meeting with Congressional leaders yesterday, to discuss his plans and request ideas from House and Senate members regarding permanent replacement of the DACA program. Last September, the president said that he would end the DACA program within six months unless Congress passed a solution codified in law. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a highly controversial policy directive enacted solely by the executive order of former president, Barack Obama in 2014. The order provided temporary deferred deportation protection to the children of some aliens illegally brought into United States.

The DACA program resulted from Obama’s frustration over the failure of Congress to pass his comprehensive immigration reform plan known as The Dream Act. Democrats in Congress have unanimously opposed the repeal of deportation protections for DACA children, who are erroneously called dreamers in the news media. But this was not their position just a short time ago.

On April 3, 2006, Senator Barack Obama stated, “The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law.” He further stated, “But I fully appreciate that we cannot create a guest-worker program without making it as close to impossible as we can for illegal workers to find employment.”

During a 2004 radio interview on WABC, Senator Hillary Clinton said, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants.” She stated, “People have to stop employing illegal immigrants.” But then, during the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Hillary Clinton openly promised a “path to citizenship” and vowed not to deport any illegal alien who had not been convicted of a violent crime.

In September, 2017, when President Trump announced that he would terminate DACA, New York Senator, Chuck Schumer, called the president “heartless.” But in a 2009 speech to the Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Schumer acknowledged, “illegal immigration is wrong,” adding, “a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.”

In 2006, senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act which provided for the construction of a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border. Congress failed, however, to adequately fund the project. Democrats now universally attack President Trump’s efforts to complete the construction of the very project they approved in the post-9/11 era.

California Democrat Senator, Diane Feinstein claimed in a 1994 campaign ad, that she led the fight to stop illegal immigration. The ad boasted of her support for “tougher enforcement on the international border.” She said, “I’m Diane Feinstein, and I’ve just begun to fight for California.” Nevertheless, she now opposes the border wall and in President Trump’s policy meeting this week, said that she wanted “a clean DACA bill.”

The controversial DACA program has been challenged in Congress and contested in federal courts ever since it began. In February 2015, a federal judge in Texas blocked the implementation of DACA. That injunction was upheld later that year by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The US Supreme Court heard the case but, because the court was equally split, the appeals court order remained in effect, blocking further expansion of the program. None of the court decisions has any impact upon the status of the adults and children already illegally present in the United States.

For the past thirty years, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and four previous presidential administrations have failed to effectively address illegal immigration. Competing special interests within both parties have allowed it to continue.

Just hours after the president’s conference with Congressional leaders, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered an injunction against the termination of DACA, calling it, “arbitrary” and “capricious.” In an egregious act of judicial overreach, US District Court judge, William Alsup ordered the Department of Homeland Security to resume accepting applications from those who are already covered under the Obama administration’s illegitimate DACA program.

The judge’s order is unconstitutional and wrong because Congress and the president are responsible for enacting immigration policy and enforcing it, not a federal court judge. But such is the lawless culture we have today. This issue will be closely watched by millions, and there will surely be many twists and turns to come.

President Trump has asked members of Congress to enact a policy that will protect the American people and stop the endless flow of illegal aliens into the United States and that provides a solution to DACA. He has promised to sign a bill that accomplishes this. The current situation cannot endure.

Any government that cannot or will not enforce its own laws is incompetent and must be overhauled. Therefore, the voices of the American people, who are most adversely affected by illegal aliens, must be raised. If they are not, then those who are the loudest and the wealthiest will once again steal the day.



 

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