Donald Trump during his election campaign he promised to throw out former President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “amnesty” program, but since then President Trump backed off from that promise, saying that DACA enrollees have nothing to fear.
Anyhow, the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants- USA Today says are actually 2.1million, who were brought to the U.S. as children and joined Obama’s program may be on the edge of panic now. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly informed members of Congress that the administration may not defend the controversial program from future legal challenges.
Speaking in a private meeting with members of the predominately Democrat Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Kelly told them that if they want the amnesty program to survive, they must cooperate with Republicans in a bilateral compromise immigration bill to protect the illegals legislatively.
“This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive,” DHS spokesman David Lapan stated about Kelly’s remarks. Should Congress pass a bill protecting the program, “they’re leaving it in the hands of the courts to make a decision.”
That was simply too much for a “visibly shaken” Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who dramatically announced in English and Spanish of the attorney general, “Jeff Sessions is going to say, ‘Deport them.’ If you’re going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended.”
“It’s not a pretty picture,” New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez stated. “The legal authorities that he’s spoken to suggest that DACA cannot be sustained legally. We have a different view.”
Kelly informed the congressional members that, even though he supports the program and Trump supports it as well, an impending legal challenge by Texas and nine other Republican states would most likely triumph in court and end the amnesty program, leaving it up to Congress to save it.
There is no doubt that many of innocent people joined the program, who were brought to the country illegally as a child with no choice of their own, Congressmen should find a way how to deal with this humanly, because some of those illegals have abused the program and many criminals have been protected by their “DREAMER” status.
In fact, since DACA was first rolled out, over 1,500 of them had their status revoked because of a gang connection or other criminal activities.
Obama made a mistake by implementing the DACA by executive order, he did that because Congress had refused an impasse on a compromise. If Congress wants Obama’s amnesty program to remain intact and in effect, they better get to work crafting legislation that says as much, because the program won’t hold up under legal challenge and the Trump administration won’t be wasting time defending it.
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