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Obama’s DACA Executive Order Theory of Constitutional Law

You knew that Obama was going to weigh in on Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. All Trump did was return the matter to that body responsible for creating such programs in our constitutional system of government — the Congress. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, no fan of Trump’s called the decision paramount for our system of government. Even liberal Senator Diane Feinstein, had to concede that the program, unilaterally created by Obama, was on shaky legal ground.

But, that didn’t stop Obama from speaking out against Trump on Facebook, advancing yet again his pen and paper theory of constitutional law. Obama rehashes the same tiresome arguments he offered when he was in the Oval Office: “I asked Congress to send me such a bill. The bill never came. And…my administration acted.” Obama asked Congress to act; Congress didn’t act; Obama therefore usurps legislative authority to himself and makes a new law conferring legal status on an entire class of illegal immigrants. And Obama was an Instructor of Constitutional Law at University of Chicago?

Obama’s DACA supporters drink the same Kool-Aid, when they offer the spurious and extra-constitutional argument that Obama had to use Executive authority because he had tried, “normal channels first…” and didn’t achieve his desired result. So what’s a president to do?

PowerLine blog uncovered a great quote on illegal immigration that demonstrates how heartless, Trump’s position on DACA is,

[T]here are those in the immigrants’ rights community who have argued passionately that we should simply provide those who are [here] illegally with legal status, or at least ignore the laws on the books and put an end to deportation until we have better laws. … I believe such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. It would suggest to those thinking about coming here illegally that there will be no repercussions for such a decision. And this could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration. And it would also ignore the millions of people around the world who are waiting in line to come here legally. Ultimately, our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship. And no matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these laws should be held accountable. [Emphasis added]

The speaker who held such extreme and heartless views?

Barack Obama, June 30, 2010.

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