Only a week after RINOs and Democrats joined hands in a round of condemnation for President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it’s kumbaya time again. Liberal Republicans and Democrats are once again slamming Trump, this time for his expected decision to end the administration’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – DACA, for short.
The program, which was begun by President Obama via executive order, gave nearly 800,000 young illegal immigrants temporary amnesty and a host of unconstitutional benefits. While Trump has made public statements expressing reluctance to end the program despite his hardline stance on illegal immigration, White House officials said the president had finally decided it was time to bring the program to an end.
“If he ends DACA, Trump would betray #DREAMers he said he’d treat w/ ‘great heart,’ tweeted Tim Kaine, who you may (or may not) remember as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate. “These incredible young people make our country stronger.”
If Trump was reluctant to end the program, his hand was somewhat forced by states like Texas which were lining up to file suit against the administration if the president didn’t make this call by September 5. Already entrenched in a successful lawsuit against DAPA – DACA’s follow up – the states vowed to add litigation against the first order if the president didn’t do the right thing. This would have put Trump in a position he didn’t want to be in – legally defending Obama’s amnesty in court – and may have hastened his decision to end the program once and for all.
While immigration activists are spreading the fear with every bullhorn they can find, don’t expect ICE to round up and deport all 800,000 DREAMers overnight. In fact, we doubt if any of them will actually be sent back to their home countries anytime soon. And if the crocodile-tearing Republicans who are bashing Trump for this decision want to make a difference, they can pass legislation that will protect these people by law. You know, the way it should have been done in the first place…if it was going to be done at all. We’re not sure that’s the right approach, but it’s certainly better than changing immigration law from the Oval Office, which is what Obama tried to do.
No doubt, the pro-immigration business wing of the Republican Party is going to hammer Trump for this decision, but it’s the right one nonetheless. It’s not only consistent with his campaign promises, it rights a major constitutional violation of the previous president. If Congress has a problem with it…well, they’re the ones with the power to do something about it. Now let’s see if they dare put their names on a piece of amnesty legislation…or if they only have the guts to critique the president on Twitter.