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The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients.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.
Thanks for posting Col!
This is an ongoing serious problem that the President must address... he must inform the GOP leadership that ANY BILL... appropriations or otherwise... will be vetoed if it shows up in the White House looking for his signature with any form of Amnesty for Illegal Aliens.
We are at WAR for the very soul of our Nation and we must identify and remove every traitor in Congress who supports a New World Order... open borders, universal citizenship and one world government... Regardless of their stated Party affiliation.
It is time to remove the deceitful miscreants... fronting as Republicans. Those who are attempting to strip us of our sovereignty and wealth; whose intention it is to support the poor and indigent of the world using US assets must be identified and removed from office. These individuals intend on taking from each according to their ability and giving to each according to their need... Why work? Why save pr build wealth? Why do anything, as the communist will simply take your hard earned increase and give it to those who will not work.
The Communist International and various other SOCIALIST GROUPS are behind the movement to destroy America and we must treat those who support such garbage as the TRAITORS they are... The Communist movement did not die with the Soviet Union it is alive and well ... in Washington, DC.
Mr. President, please act to defend our borders... put the US Military on the border to apprehend and immediately deport all those entering illegally... and keep them there until the border can be properly secured with a wall and the appropriate numbers of Border Patrol and INS agents.
Court Rules Trump Anti-Sancyuary Policy Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled President Trump’s executive order punishing sanctuary cities by withholding money is unconstitutional — but in a twist, the court cleared the way for the government to carry out the policy in much of the country.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mr. Trump tried to steal Congress’s powers when his administration added new conditions to Justice Department grants by requiring cities and counties to cooperate with immigration authorities.
Courts are NOT supposed to RULE.
THEY WRITE OPINIONS, THAT's IT!!
IMPEACH EVERY ONE OF THEM.
Sessions rips federal judge for 'improperly' reinstating DACA, 'eviscerating' executive power
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday unloaded on a federal judge who ordered the administration to reinstate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy last week, saying the ruling was "improper" and vowing to keep up enforcement efforts against illegal immigration "aggressively."
Sessions added that the judge had effectively "eviscerated" the legal authority of the executive branch and Congress, and strongly suggested the administration would appeal the ruling.
The Trump administration announced last year it would end DACA, which was implemented by the Obama administration using executive authority and protects illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. However, the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to agree to a permanent statutory replacement for the program, despite several legislative attempts.
Federal judges have since barred the administration from ending the program entirely, saying it would be acceptable only to shut down future enrollment in DACA because existing applicants had already relied on it. But the ruling by U.S. District Judge John Bates went a step further by ordering authorities to essentially reinstate DACA in full.
In a statement, Sessions decried Bates' ruling as one of a "number of decisions in which courts have improperly used judicial power to steer, enjoin, modify, and direct executive policy."
Sessions needs to shut up and DO IT. talk later.
Looks like Sessions is caught between the rock and hard place.
I would have thrown him out the door at least 6 months ago.
Ditto Jea9 .... he should have been fired the day he RECUSED himself from supervising the Special Counsel... he is no supporter of the Conservative cause or President Trumps policies... Like most RINO's he feigns support for our core values but when the rubber meets the road he changes directions... and supports liberal dogma.
No, Sessions is totally compromised and corrupted... he is part of the ESTABLISHMENT and has no intention of doing EVERYTHING possible to enforce our current immigration laws...
Sessions is coalescing with the Courts, (throwing trump and the people under the bus) instead of challenging the courts constitutional authority to order any action by the Administration stopped or amended... Rule by judicial fiat is much easier than passing laws thru Congress...
Progressives and their communist allies have worked for years to advance the idea that the courts can use its powers to rule by judicial fiat... Who needs elected officials when you have lifetime appointed judges in your pocket?
The Constitutional recourse for a President who violates the law by improperly enforcing the law is not a lawsuit... it is IMPEACHMENT.
AG Sessions rhetoric is worthless... the facts are that our current immigration law is not being enforced... his words are empty, meant to placate an outraged Nation. What needs to be done is for the Judge to be IMPEACHED... removed from office by Congress. The President needs to address the nation regarding such Un-Constitutional court orders. President Jackson once told a federal judge that his orders would not be enforced... that his orders stopped at the courthouse steps.
It is time for our President to do the same... when it comes to openly unconstitutional orders from any court. It is also time for the President to inform Congress that no NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE NECESSARY ... that he will enforce the current STATUTORY LAW as intended and written... not as unlawfully amended by former administrations.
The CURRENT LAW is sufficient if enforced... any new law would undoubtedly enact provisions that are currently unlawful... amnesty and other terms that are unwanted and contrary to our national security interests.
No law is adequate without enforcement... Our current immigration and naturalization laws are being ignored and subverted by the illegal actions of former administrations and/or the use of judicial fiat... Our current immigration and naturalization system is being operated under the color of law.
The President needs to chide Congress for failing to IMPEACH Judges who operate under the color of law... too, rule by judicial fiat. Congress should create a standing JUDICIARY REVIEW COMMITTEE with the power to recommend removal of any federal judge including US Supreme Court Justices if they abuse their offices and powers. That Committee should be a standing committee meeting regularly to hear complaints from the Administration, private citizens, and activist groups...
Judges must be held accountable to the law and the will of Congress and the people... they are not supreme and don't make the laws they are to administer justice ... not legislate new law out of whole cloth... or by judicial fiat.
AG Sessions should have attacked the Constitutional authority of the lower federal courts to hear a case involving a Ministry of Government... the Executive Branch is a co-equal in governing and therefore cannot be ordered to do anything by a District or Appellate Federal Court.
It is Constitutionally arguable that the US Supreme Court has no authority to order a President to do anything... By appealing the case Sessions is accenting to rule by judicial fiat... giving away the Executive Branches powers to a single unelected federal judge. AG Sessions is a lawyer and he sees no problem in granting the courts such unconstitutional power.
The Constitutional recourse for an out of control President is not the courts... it is IMPEACHMENT ... removal. Once we give the courts the power to order a President to do anything... the Courts become the supreme power in government... This must stop and stop now. America is being ruled by an oligarchy of federal judges, who have usurped power under the color of law; too, operate our government by judicial fiat.
AG Sessions and the Lawyers in America are a major part of problems facing America... we must return the Federal Courts to their Constitutional role as 'administrators of the law' not legislators or extra-constitutional Executive agents of the government... to rule by judicial fiat.