President Trump’s decision to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, enacted through executive fiat by Obama, was the correct decision. Obama had with the stroke of his pen, granted amnesty to a select group of illegal immigrants. Obama himself announced previously that he had no constitutional authority to bestow unilaterally a special status on this class of immigrants, but then he changed his mind and did just that. The special legal status DACA confers must derive its authority from legislation enacted by Congress and clearly comes within the purview of Congress, not the Executive branch, and Trump quite properly has thrown the ball in their court.
Exactly what Trump means when he says he will revisit the issue in six month’s time is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, this issue could either break open the existing fissures within the Republican Party or provide an opportunity for the GOP to demonstrate it is capable of governing and implementing the policies those who sent Trump to the White House want to see enacted.
This could prove to be no small feat, given the ideological split in the party between Trump supporters and Establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Brendan Dougherty of National Review is correct when he observes that the Republican Party itself, in no small measure, is responsible for the political imbroglio over what to do about illegal immigration it now faces. Many feel that punishing DACA children for the sins of their parents is morally
The more compelling issue is whether or not the Republicans is procedurally astute enough to use any DACA bill as leverage to obtain serious and substantive changes to the country’s current immigration system such as ending chain migration and birthright citizenship. Those who favor such an approach should not count on Paul Ryan to do any of the heavy lifting, given his open borders dalliance with the most strident defenders of illegal immigration, Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Yes, this is the same Congressman who recently called John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, a “disgrace to the uniform he used to wear.”
Given the inexcusable failure of the all-GOP controlled Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, the chances of crafting a solution that will satisfy not only Trump, but also his supporters who despise the fraudulent “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” process as a way to change the current system.