It was inevitable that Barack Obama wouldn’t let one of his most controversial power grabs be potentially undone without opening his mouth.
In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement today on (maybe) phasing out the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — an illegal executive decree that illegal immigrants brought to the United States as minors would be exempted from deportations — the former president has released a statement on his Facebook page:
You can read the whole thing above, but this dreck isn’t gonna refute itself, so let’s take a look at the highlights:
This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
Well, for young adults who wouldn’t know the first thing about living in Mexico there are a couple answers: one, the primary responsibility for helping them navigating their actual country of residence still resides with the relatives who made them so ill-equipped. Two, every decent heart breaks for people in this situation through no fault of their own, but as FrontPageMag’s Daniel Greenfield explains, for the United States to absorb 800,000 people simply isn’t feasible.
Three, to the extent that any sort of compromise is possible for a more limited pool of people for whom Mexico truly is an alien country and they have no support to go home to, it must be done legislatively. Feelings are no justification for allowing the federal government to continue ignoring the law. On that note, Obama continues:
[F]or years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill. That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike[.]
Bull. As National Review’s Andy McCarthy explains, DACA was far more than prosecutorial discretion — it didn’t merely direct immigration authorities to focus elsewhere; it unconstitutionally “exercise[d] legislative power by conferring positive legal benefits on a category of aliens,” including amnesty and work permits.
Of course, liberals won’t accept the word of a conservative like McCarthy on this. So here’s another person who once agreed the president had no power to unilaterally grant amnesty to any category of illegal immigrant — Barack Obama himself:
March 28, 2011: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive orders, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed – and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard, so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.”
But then the funniest thing happened: Obama won reelection in 2012, then his party lost the midterms, so once it became clear Congress wouldn’t give him the legislative amnesty he wanted, all of a sudden he decided he did have the authority after all.
Total coincidence, I’m sure.
But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong.
Yes, you read that right: Planned Parenthood’s favorite ex-president, a man who voted to allow hospitals in his home state to starve newborns to death after failed abortions, has the gall to lecture others about “cruelty” to “young people” who’ve “done nothing wrong.”
If the contrast isn’t enough to convince fence-sitters of the moral emptiness and actual evil behind the Left’s “compassion,” nothing will be.