The Trump administration on Tuesday announced the “orderly wind down” of the Obama-era program that gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – putting pressure on Congress to come up with a legislative alternative.
The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients. According to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, the interval is meant to give Congress “time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.”
“However, I want to be clear that no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on,” Duke said in a written statement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking to reporters, blasted the Obama administration's "disrespect for the legislative process" in enacting the 2012 policy. He said the “unilateral executive amnesty” probably would have been blocked by the courts anyway.
“The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said, blaming the policy for the recent “surge” at the border. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”
A day earlier, Sessions sent Duke a letter with his legal determination that the 2012 executive action was unconstitutional.
The Trump administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to make a decision on DACA or face legal action by Republican state AGs who hoped to force the president’s hand in discontinuing the program.
Administration officials cast their approach Tuesday at the least disruptive option.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to terminate DACA, though he appeared to soften his stance since taking office. In ending the program with a six-month delay, Trump put the onus on Congress to pass a legislative fix.
According to DHS, no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018.
“Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, a woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
While some Republicans support the goals of the DACA program, many opposed the use of executive action to institute it, describing the move as a presidential overreach.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is among those who now supports the call to protect so-called “Dreamers” with legislation.
“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach,” he said in a statement. "However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who -- for all practical purposes know no country other than America. If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.”
On a conference call, administration officials said Tuesday they are still prioritizing criminal aliens for deportation. But they described the original DACA criteria as very broad and cited the legal determination of the Justice Department.
During the presidential campaign, Trump referred to DACA as “illegal amnesty.” However, he seemed to edge away from that stance in April when he told the Associated Press that DACA recipients could “rest easy.”
The DACA program was formed through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowing recipients to get a deportation reprieve – and work permits – for a two-year period subject to renewal. Under the program, individuals were able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007. Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
Congress had been considering legislation to shield young illegal immigrants from deportation for years, dating back to the George W. Bush administration. Lawmakers tried again to pass a bill during the Obama administration, but couldn’t muster the votes amid flagging Republican support before Obama formed the program in 2012.
Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are currently under the program's umbrella.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he supported a legislative solution to protect undocumented minors, but also urged the president to reconsider scrapping DACA.
"I actually don't think he should do that and I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix," Ryan said on radio station WCLO.
With the positive direction Trump has put America on... It would be foolish to attempt to block this direction by VOTING ANY MORE DEMOCRATS TO THE CONGRESS OR SENATE.
America needs to have a SUPER MAJORITY IN CONGRESS AND SENATE TO PUT AMERICA INSTANTLY ON A POSITIVE PATRIOTIC AND SOLID PATH TO REPAIR ..... TRUMP IS CURRENTLY moving there.
America need only to put a magnifying glass on the current bedraggled Democrat government of Jerry brown in California to see what UBER-LIBERAL Government has done to the once great state of California......BROKE! No lying by Jerry Brown can change that.
This is Browns second stint as Governor. He took over Californis after Ronald Reagan in 1970's fixed the state and HAD CALIFORNIA RUNNING IN THE BLACK. After Jerry Brown completed his destruction of California's economy the state was FULLY IN THE RED and BROKE.
CALIFORNIA UNDER JERRY BROWN IN HIS SECOND STINT AS GOVERNOR WITH FULL BACKING OF A TOTAL LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEGISLATURE HAS CALIFORNIA ONCE AGAIN BROKE AND IN DEEP FINANCIAL TROUBLE.
CALIFORNIA NEEDS A COMPLETE 180 DEGREE GOVERNMENTAL TURN AROUND AND IF IT MEANS THAT HOLLYWOOD TYPES WILL LEAVE THEN SO BE IT. ITS BETTER THE WHOLE STATE IS PROSPEROUS AND PART OF AMERICA AGAIN!
AMERICAN VOTERS-----DON'T LET AMERICA BECOME LIKE CALIFORNIA.
IN THE NEWS TODAY----- LOOK IT UP, Foxnews!
California Democrats Propose Surcharge on Businesses to Fund SOCIAL PROGRAMS!
This is what I'm talking about...The state is broke and it keeps siphoning money from peoples pockets who live in this state---ITS CRIMINAL!
JERRY BROWN NEEDS TO BE RECALLED NOW!
Jerry Brown takes gas taxes and pays pensions with it instead of fixing roads then jacks up gas tax to fix the roads (LIES) and rapes the residents of this state its a never ending FUBAR in BROKE CALIFORNIA.
One can look for the liberal States to lay claim to the tax brake given to the people... the State's will simply increase State Income taxes on businesses and the general public as the Federal Government reduces them... along with the federal revenue shared with the states.
OK.... DACA DACA DACA!
There are some other very serious things that also need attention. "Jerry MOONBEAM Brown" is stating:
This State is so over-run by OVERLY LIBERAL DEMOCRATS Many of who side with Nancy Pelosi's thinking, that one would love to Get all the Carnival type ships together along shore, arrest all of them and put them on the ships and send them to a south seas Island chain for good. AND... Once again installing Republicans to the government here and thus turning California into the heaven it once was, the last time a great person governed California...Ronald Reagan.
Jerry Brown needs to GO and take his Liberal mess with him!He has destroyed the states economy and California is now BROKE or almost BROKE.
Supreme Court Pumps The Accelerator On DACA Appeal
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to accelerate the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order requiring the government to continue administering the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era amnesty initiative that extends legal status to 700,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. as children.
The justices ordered DACA supporters to file a brief defending the lower court judgement by Feb. 2, a swift timetable compared to other cases. The expedited schedule means the justices could make a decision about whether to review the ruling as soon as Feb. 16, when the Court is next scheduled to meet in conference to discuss pending cases.
If the justices agree to take the case, arguments will likely be scheduled for the spring. A decision would follow by late June.
The Government should have demanded that the order to continue DACA be dismissed as frivolous... and that the order to take applications while the case before the Court be set aside... It appears that the DOJ is going to throw this case, as they are not responding with legal arguments to remove the order immediately and to dismiss with prejudice.
This is just more BS... The SCOTUS has grounds to throw this case out for being frivolous...however, the DOJ failed to move that it be dismissed immediately, as it is an unlawful EO on its face, and any case suggesting it has legal merit is frivolous. Again, it appears that the DOJ may be deliberately planning to throw the case... thereby, imposing Amnesty without Congress or the President... taking it out of their hands and letting them claim they could do nothing...
Again BS... it appears the fix is in.
Yes it certainly appears so Col.
The Public Isn’t As Fond Of Boundless Immigration As The Democrats Are Betting They Are
The Democrats are still picking up the pieces from Chuck Schumer’s realization that maybe shutting down the government wasn’t such a hot idea, and their supporters in the media are figuring out who to blame. The Washington Post offers a host of possibilities today, ranging from Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnel (naturally) to the Democratic leadership for “losing their nerve.” One wag went so far as to suggest blaming Barack Obama. But under the covers and behind the cloakroom doors, it sounds more like a dose of cold, hard reality was setting in for Schumer.
It had become obvious that the public was catching on to the fact that the shutdown was essentially about DACA. The Democrats wanted to demand their “clean” DACA bill and were willing to shut down the government to get it. But we’ve already heard rumors that their own internal polling was showing the voters souring on that angle in a serious way, probably leading to the Minority Leader’s change of heart. If so, his conclusion is definitely supported by some recent polling which shows that a serious majority of Americans, while they have sympathy for the Dreamers, overall don’t want to see even legal immigration increasing. In fact, they’d like to see less of it. (Free Beacon)
Eighty-one percent of Americans want one million or fewer legal immigrants to the United States per year, according to new polling data released Monday by the Harvard-Harris poll, a number lower than the 1.38 million who came to the United States in 2015.
The plurality of respondents, 35 percent, think that there should be between 1 and 250,000 legal immigrants arriving to the United States per year. A net 12 percent want to see immigration increased to 1.5 million people per year or more, while nine percent of Americans think that there should be no new legal immigrants.
Plurality preference for between 1 and 250,000 new immigrants a year persists across white, Hispanic, and black Americans, as well as moderates and self-identified Democrats. Such a rate of immigration would be lower even than the rate expected from the RAISE Act, a bill backed by the administration and expected to cut immigration in half in ten years.
That new Harvard-Harris poll is available here, and the numbers are stunning. The basic question has nothing to do with illegal immigrants (who the Democrats also champion), but rather those immigrating legally. More than three quarters of the public wants to see the numbers lower than they currently are. The only solid plurality in the poll, in terms of precisely how many immigrants they feel we need to accept each year, wants the number to be less than 250,000 (which is more than a million less than what we’re currently taking in). The tally of people who actually want more immigration – and this is the group the Democrats are basing their electoral hopes on – only adds up to 12%. And that number is only three points higher than that of people who don’t want any more immigration at all.
Chuck Schumer may have some political opinions I don’t agree with (and he’s one of my senators, just for the record), but the man isn’t stupid. He can read a poll as well as the next person. Do you really think that didn’t factor into his decision to back off on the shutdown after it became obvious to one and all that this mess was all about DACA?
One other thing I’m sure Schumer is pondering this week is how this affects the #RESIST movement and their prospects against Trump. We’re once again seeing a situation where a lot of voters may not care for President Donald Trump, but they really do like some of the policiesof President Donald Trump. Majorities approve of the wall (even if they’re not sure if they want to pay for it) and most of his other takes on questions of immigration and border security. They like that he’s standing up for the police and veterans. And boy do they like a good tax cut. It should be noted that each of those items are things which the Democrats have been fighting against.
How much longer can that disconnect continue? If you like the majority of the President’s policies, doesn’t it eventually become hard to dislike the guy pushing them, even if you find his tweeting and propensity for political food fights to be offputting? And perhaps more to the point, how much longer can the Democrats maintain their favorable numbers if they are fighting against policies the public supports based solely on the fact that these are things Trump wants? None of this adds up and it just feels like something has to give in the approval ratings game sooner or later.
Don't look for any changes in the PHONY POLLS as they are as managed as our rigged elections... It is obvious that there are problems with the polls when both political parties commission both external and internal polls... the external polls for the public and an internal poll for the party leadership...
The External Polls are managed to arrive at numbers favoring the party's positions and the internal polls are designed to provide the REAL sentiments of their constituents... and are kept behind closed doors. If the real poll numbers (internal poll numbers) were widely distributed and known, the Democrats would be in a panic.
‘Dreamers’ Storm Schumer’s New York City Home, Demand Amnesty ‘Now’
“We want a Clean Dream Act,” the crowd chanted.
“When do we want it?” they chanted.
“Now!” they chanted.
The so-called Dreamers — some of whom are recipients of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA – and potentially as many as 3.6 million illegals in all were reacting to the Senate vote on Monday to pass a Continuing Resolution funding the government until Feb. 8 that did not include any immigration amendments.
The crowd chanted in Spanish and English to Schumer; “If he won’t let us dream, we won’t let him sleep.”
— Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) January 23, 2018
The group that organized the protests in New York and on Capitol Hill, United We Dream, is funded by a slew of social justice and open borders organizations, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
United We Dream’s website announcing the New York protest reveals the group’s agenda:
Our community is outraged by the Senate vote to pass a temporary budget deal with no solution for Dreamers. Instead of holding firm for Dreamers, Senator Schumer and most Senate Democrats backed down from their commitment to stand up for our communities.
Join us outside Senator Schumer’s house to remind him: Our lives are on the line, Chuck! We need a clean Dream Act Now–not in three weeks. Now. 122 Dreamers will continue to lose their status every day, potentially losing their jobs and being put at risk of deportation. Congress can’t continue to push the lives of 800,000 youth and their families aside. Dreamers are tired of empty promises and need a legislative solution NOW!
It is past time for Senator Schumer to use his political power in Congress as the minority leader and finally bring home a clean #DreamActNow for undocumented youth, without compromising the future of their families by funding a racist wall and increased border security measures that only tear families apart.
United We Dream also tweeted their demands:
“We are not politicians we are activists and it’s our job to demand action… the #Dreamers who are going to lose their status are going to play a short game with disastrous consequences. We will call @SenSchumer every day!” – @bkindivisible #DreamActNow the tweet said.
“Our organizer Patricia says we will not stop until we have a clean Dream Act because we are ALL immigrants!” the tweet read.
Although the media speculated that Republicans might not have the 51 votes needed to pass the CR with a DACA provision, the final vote was 81-18.
Illegal aliens also stormed the offices of Senators today protesting the vote.
Send in the sheriffs and police and state militia. oops, we don't have that, do we.
US Policy should never be made based in coercion... DOZENS of professional protestors, and Marxist Dreamers, should not be given a prominent roll in making US Immigration policy. We must not let a FEW PAID professional leftist demonstrators drive the National narrative.
Sen. Schumer should have asked the local law enforcement to disband these so called dreamers... for trespassing... except these demonstrators were probably there by his invitation.
Illegal Aliens who storm, illegally assemble, (create a public nuisance) are breaking the Law and should be immediately arrested. Their disruptive presence however may well be at the invitation of liberal Senators or local political figures... Hence, they are permitted to violate the law and their protests are nothing but political theater created to agitate the public and drive the leftist's narrative..
I agree Jea9 ... send in the Sheriff and if needed the National Guard to remove and JAIL ALL THOSE Illegally assembled for disturbing the peace and creating a public nuisance. .