The Trump administration is officially going to rescind the previous President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, and will defer the issue back to Congress where the issue properly belongs. Now that the ball is in Congress’ court, the President made clear to the majority leader and speaker that they need to take action within the next 6 months.
He tweeted the message last night.
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
Just a few hours earlier, he tweeted that he wants both parties to address immigration in a way that will put Americans first.
I look forward to working w/ D's + R's in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
Congress has 6 months before the order is fully rescinded. The question is if the legislature will actually take up the issue and find a legislative solution.
If it doesn’t, and that wouldn’t be surprising, the President promised to “revisit” the issue, but what exactly does that mean? Is he going to not actually rescind the order, or will he issue some other executive order addressing it?
Unless he comes out and clarifies what “revisiting” the issue means, it’s open to interpretation, and it could mean that he may try to take the exact path that President Obama took, by using executive fiat to act when Congress wouldn’t. That approach is completely unacceptable.
He should not do this. DACA was an illegal order, and any order from the Executive Branch that unilaterally changes the immigration status of an entire class of people is beyond the scope of proper Presidential power.
If Congress does not act, the fault is with Congress, and it is not the President’s job to act in Congress’ place.
Citizens need to put pressure on their representatives to act. The 800,000 under DACA cannot be left in limbo. Some decision must be made about what to do with all these people.
Congress really should be acting on proper security and enforcement measures before addressing those people already here, but it seems that the legislature has its priorities mixed up (no on should be surprised by that).
When the issue comes up in Congress, thought must be given to all aspects of the situation, and the decision should be made lawfully, with care, and flexibility.
H/T The Daily Beast