“I cannot pass amnesty through executive action… I am not a dictator.”
Being frustrated with Congress for repeatedly failing to pass his administration’s immigration legislation, he completely disregarded the separation of powers and through fiat made DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the law of the land.
But remember when he said this?
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed…. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”
When Congress failed to act he decided to take matters into his own hands and that’s when he said;
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions.”
So what happened to change his views on the constitutionality of these actions? How does a constitutional law professor suddenly decide that those things that were not within the executives power suddenly now are, because he is the executive. Who made him Dictator?
The progressives and others on the left may think that’s exactly what President Trump is now doing, acting like a dictator. However, all that was previously stated here was said and done by former President/Dictator Obama.
We now have a new executive in the Oval Office and it is not his fault that the previous President stepped outside of his constitutional roll and wrote legislation without congressional approval. It is also not his fault that the previous Congress failed to act and pass immigration legislation. So now it is time to follow the law, to recognize the separation of powers and to pass meaningful lasting legislation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the change in policy:
“Ending the previous administration’s disrespect for the legislative process is an important first step. All immigration policies should serve the interest of the people of the United States, lawful immigrant and native-born alike… We are people of compassion and we are people of law. There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law. Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering.”
DREAMERS are understandably anxious, however, both sides want a solution that include the DREAMERS staying here. Unfortunately both sides have been playing politics with the issue for years and now that there’s a deadline perhaps we will see a resolution to the situation.
DACA To The DREAM Act
Even if things don’t get done within the six months most are pretty sure that when it comes to deportation the DREAMERS are really on the bottom of everybody’s list. Democrats should now stop demagoguing the issue, stop trying to scare people. As long as Congress can do their job and pass a bill that the President can sign into law, all will be well for everyone involved. We cannot blame our current President for not extending an unconstitutional executive overreach done by the prior President.
Those in the “resistance” and the Republican “never Trumpers” will never be satisfied. There is nothing that the President can do that will ever please them. Luckily they are an insignificant number within the population, they do not represent most Americans.
The same people that are now claiming President Trump is acting like a dictator were silent and some even celebrated when former President Obama signed executive order after executive order. He ignored his own constitutional advice, doing those things he knew could be overturned in court. And that’s how we got here.
Obama knew that he would be out of office and this problem would be inherited by his successor. When it all came crashing down, either through the courts declaring it unconstitutional or the next President not extending it, it would appear to be the fault of his successor.
Just remember that if President Trump did nothing and allowed The Supreme Court case to continue, it would’ve ended much worse for the dreamers. At least with the President taking action now it allows Congress an additional six months to do their job rather than having DACA end immediately in two months when it is found unconstitutional.
So with President Trump receiving the blame for this mess we will see when Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform and the President signs it into law if he receives credit for its passage.
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