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The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients.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.
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McConnell to open up Senate floor for 'fair' debate over DACA
FRI, FEB 9TH
The DACA fight in the Senate starts next Monday!
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this week that he'll open up the Senate floor for a debate over DACA starting on Monday.
The move keeps his promise to Democrats that was part of the deal to end the government shutdown over DACA last month.
We know very few details about how next week's debate will proceed.
"The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset."
-- Sen. Majority Leader McConnell
We do know that the Senate will hold a procedural vote at 5:30 p.m on Monday to begin debate on an unrelated House-passed bill that will then become the vehicle for a DACA amnesty.
We anticipate that the several different working groups in the Senate will offer their proposals and need 60 votes to become the base bill. McConnell will then likely allow a process for Senators to offer amendments to make changes to the base bill.
The are four proposals that could become the base bill:
1) The White House Proposal -- The proposal released by the White House just before last month's State of the Union would expand DACA to grant an immediate amnesty to approximately 1.8 million illegal aliens. It calls for a $25 billion trust fund to build the border wall and improve overall border security. It would eliminate the Visa Lottery and halt new applications for Chain Migration, but because it allows in the more than 4 million foreigners on the visa waiting list, it wouldn't actually end Chain Migration for 15-20 years.
2) Gang of 6 Proposal -- The Gang of 6 is led by former Gang of 8 members Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). It also includes a few other former Gang of 8 members, including Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jeff Flake (R-Fla.). Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is also part of the group.
Their proposal would grant an immediate amnesty to 3.2 million young-adult illegal aliens and their illegal-alien parents. It includes $1.6 billion for a border wall, but it restricts the funding to only making improvements to existing fencing. It fails to end Chain Migration and repurposes the Visa Lottery green cards, allowing half of them to be issued to foreigners from Lottery countries and the other half for TPS recipients.
3) "Common Sense" Caucus -- There are few details from this led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes moderate Republicans and Democrats.
The Washington Times reported last night that the proposal would grant amnesty to the 1.8 million illegal aliens identified by the White House, authorize $25 billion for a border wall, but only appropriate about 10% of it, and make tweaks to the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration without reducing overall immigration numbers.
4) McCain/Coons -- Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have their own "skinny" proposal that would grant amnesty to 3.2 million illegal aliens and require a government study on the effectiveness of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the McCain/Coons proposal is unlikely to get anywhere, several Republican Senators have discussed a smaller deal that would trade a DACA amnesty for border security funding.
None of the proposals come close to matching up to Rep. Goodlatte's H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act, which continues to gain momentum in the House. The bill now has 90 cosponsors, and several of the new cosponsors are highlighted below.
H.R. 4760 would limit the amnesty to the 690,000 DACA recipients, end both Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery, and prevent future amnesties by requiring all employers to use E-Verify.
Trump is the wildcard
Much of what happens next week will depend on what Pres. Trump says or doesn't say. He's already rejected both the Gang of 6 proposal and the McCain/Coons proposal.
But he also said during his White House immigration roundtable last month that he'll sign whatever Congress can pass. While the White House has its own proposal on the table, no one knows if that's meant to serve as a starting point or the worst deal he would accept.
What can you do?
On Monday, we'll begin a massive grassroots phoning effort, urging the Senate to include an end to Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery with immediate relief for American workers in any deal on DACA.
Be on the lookout for email alerts each day that the Senate debate continues, asking you to take specific actions. This is the best chance we've had in years to make positive reforms to our immigration system that better serve the national interest by protecting American workers. But, at the same time, the risk of a bad bill passing is also extremely high.
These rude, selfish, ungrateful criminals could simply apply for citizenship and yet they do not.
Why not? Because they are rude, selfish, lazy, ungrateful criminals with no intention of following or respecting our laws. Not to mention DACA is illegal. Why doesn't someone stand up and say THAT????
It was illegal and unconstitutional by O's own admission but Congress let it slide and now we are paying for it.
Still in favor of s hooting or hanging those elected reps who refuse to follow the Constitution. They are all traitors and pharisees, in love and in servitude to power.
FOR HEAVEN SAKE------LETS HAVE A PRIVATE COUNSEL INVESTIGATION INTO ALL HILLARY CLINTON'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND OBAMA'S AND CRIMES.
They both of them Watergated the Trump Campaign and tried to make it look like it was honest which anyone can see its not, with their spying for possible collusion, that does not exist BUT all the while Hillary was colluding with Russia and Obama was working with Comey to let Hillary off so she could still run for an election she could not possibly win.
SO investigate all of it with another private counsel ITS THE ONLY WAY!
LETS JUST NOT FORGET COMEY, HOLDER, LORETTA LYNCH, AND A SLUE OF OTHERS.
BOY OBAMA AND HIS GANG OF CRIMINALS WERE WHAT REALLY SCREWED AMERICA UP STARTING IN 2008.
IN 2018 LETS VOTE IN A TON OF REPUBLICANS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND RID AMERICA OF THE IDIOT AND CRIMINAL & WORTHLESS DEMOCRAT PARTY PLEASE VOTE REPUBLICAN IN 2020!
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Poll: 2 of 3 say Congress should enforce immigration laws
'These results should be pretty sobering statistics for Republican members of the House and Senate'
Democrats in Washington has been demanding that nearly 800,000 illegal aliens brought to the United States as children by their parents be given amnesty from the nation’s immigration laws, which would produce new Democrat voters.
Under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a portion of the estimated 3.6 million “DREAMers” were given temporary protection from deportation through an executive order.
President Trump canceled Obama’s order, but even he and other Republican leaders favor legislation that would allow the illegal aliens to remain in the country.
But likely Republican voters disagree.
In fact, a new poll found two out of three say “Congress should focus on enforcing the laws we already have on the books.”
Similarly, 65 percent said Trump should “focus the resources of the federal government to uphold national immigration laws already in place.”
The polling of likely GOP voters was done at the request of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
When asked if Congress should “focus on enforcing our existing immigration laws or change laws to provide illegal immigrants with DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] amnesty, 67 percent said they “want Congress to simply enforce the laws they’ve already passed, including 72.6 percent of men and 60.2 percent of women.”
“Furthermore, a majority responded in the affirmative in their preference to ‘enforce existing laws’ in every single subset category of respondents,” the report said.
“In addition to the majority of men and women included in the survey, likely Republican primary voters in all four census regions of the country also indicated their preference to enforce existing law, ranging from 61.8 percent in the Midwest to 76.8 percent in the South.”
Republicans, especially, should pay attention, the numbers suggested.
“When looking at respondents in districts represented by a GOP member in Congress across all states (red, purple, and blue), 68.5 percent want their Republican representative and/or senator to enforce the laws already on the books, which includes 73.6 percent of men, 80.5 percent of those below the Mason-Dixon Line, and 76.9 percent in the Midwest,” the survey results revealed.
Explained ALIPAC: “These results should be pretty sobering statistics for Republican members of the House and Senate. Across the board, the voters they must rely upon to get re-elected are dead set in their opposition to amnesty. In a year that many of the experts are already predicting a drop-off in Republican base enthusiasm, any efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislative amnesty would further dampen and depress the party faithful’s motivation to turn out in November.”
The survey polled a sample of 540 nationwide Republicans most likely to vote, not only in the upcoming general election, but also in their state’s primary election.
ALIPAC said activists have been visiting Republican lawmakers in Washington to relay the results of the poll.
Some of the individual state results deserve attention, ALIPAC said.
North Carolina likely voters rejected DACA amnesty by 78.6 percent among GOP primary voters in GOP house districts and 66.5 percent in statewide general elections.
In Texas, likely Republican voter in Republican-held house districts chose to prioritize existing laws by 80.6 percent.
It Tennessee, 83.3 percent of likely GOP primary voters rejected DACA amnesty in favor of existing immigration laws.
The results all were close to those also reported in South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Florida and other states.
ALIPAC President William Gheen said the poll results “show us that the majority of Republicans in Washington, D.C., are committing political suicide if they push a button to vote for any compromise or deal on DACA and Dreamer Amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
“We are doing our best to warn Republican lawmakers that if they vote for the Trump immigration framework plan, the Senate Amnesty plans, or even the Goodlatte SAF bill, they will be out of alignment with approximately 4 out of 5 of their core constituencies.
“Unfortunately, our poll and activists are competing with the inaccurate and misleading CBS and Harvard University pro-Amnesty propaganda push polls claiming most Americans want a DACA deal! Our national poll shows the opposite is true so our mission is to get our accurate information to the GOP lawmakers before they make a terrible mistake voting for DACA Amnesty.”
The Democrats’ DACA demands, however, took a hit this week with the approval of a spending plan for the government for two years. They have threatened government shutdowns if the illegals are not allowed to stay.
Republican leaders in Congress and the president are seeking a legislative solution, since the Obama-era protections were intended as a temporary fix while Congress handled the matter, which never happened.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who frequently has called Trump “President Bush,” held the floor for eight-hours Wednesday in support of the “DREAMers.”
Trump has said he’s willing to sign a law resolving the DACA issue, but only if it includes resources, including $25 billion for a border wall, to prevent more people from entering the country illegally.
His ideas have included ending chain migration, restricting the visa lottery that allows tens of thousands into the U.S., and improves in border enforcement.
The only way the public is going to shut down Amnesty and secure our borders is to become actively involved in managing the PRIMARIES. The People must be in charge of selecting the candidates of the party. The people must fire all of the incumbents, regardless of who they are, as they are all corrupt. Any member of Congress, who has sat by while Congress raped America, while catering to special interests, needs to be removed from office.
The GOP and Congress will not change until we change the GOP and Congressional leadership... all of them. We need Term Limits due to the rigged primary system... what happened in the Democrat Party during the last Presidential primary is happening in both parties...the people are unable to select candidates in the primaries to represent them... both parties have rigged the system against populace candidates (the people).
Until the GOP demonstrates the WILL to SOUNDLY ROUTE THE DEMOCRATS... the Democrats will continue to act as if they are in charge; demanding suicidal compromises from the GOP while using the rules of Congress, the deep state, and Obama bureaucrats, to disrupt the government.
The GOP must get off their sorry asses and ram thru all of Trumps programs and appointments... a CLEAN 2 yr conservative Appropriations Act (w/o Immigration clauses), including funds to secure our borders, build the wall, and rapidly improve our military. The GOP must stop messing around, end their attempts to negotiate with the Marxist Obstructionist in the Democrat Party... In fact, put the GOP needs to jail most of them for violating a host of federal laws... felony harboring of aliens, espionage (leaking classified information to the MSM), lying to Congress and on and on...
End the Senate Filibuster rule... use a simple majority vote for ALL business before both Houses of Congress... Impeach a whole host of activist federal judges. End the ability of the minority to shut down Congress and obstruct government.
Re-write the Federal Judiciary Act... ensuring that the inferior federal courts remain within their Constitutional Jurisdiction. The SCOTUS is the only Court with original jurisdiction for cases involving States, Ministries (Departments of Government), and the President. Our founders never intended that a single Federal Judge would have the power to reverse Congress, the Administration or State Governments... That power rests with the SCOTUS only. See Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution.