For those who aren’t sure, DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Did you notice the first word? “Deferred.”
As defined by the Cambridge Dictionary;
adjective [ before noun ]
delayed until a later time
In the words of Barack Obama himself as he announced to the country from the Rose Garden on June 15, 2012, he referred to DACA as “temporary relief” for those who were illegally brought to this country as minor children.
The ex-president also stated at the time, “This is not amnesty” as well as “This is not immunity.”
Perhaps the biggest vow Obama made to the American people at the time was “It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stop-gap measure…”
So why is Barack Obama now referring to President Trump’s announcement that the US Congress has six months to come to enact legislation regarding the legal status of the thousands upon thousands of the Obama tagged “Dreamers” as “cruel” and “self-defeating”?
BREAKING: Former President Barack Obama says Trump’s decision to roll back ‘dreamers’ program is ‘cruel’ and ‘self-defeating.’
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 5, 2017
Possibly because as the good folks at The American View correctly noted back in 2015 that any permanent measures regarding immigration lays within the purview of the Legislative Branch of the federal government; (emphasis mine)
The word “immigration” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution or any of its Amendments. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 does read, “… To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, …”. The 14th Amendment, Section 1 addresses the protection of “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,…” which extended citizenship through the States to the former slaves. The rules of immigration were reserved to the States through the 10th Amendment until the first Federal law was enacted in 1875. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the following year that immigration regulation was an exclusive Federal responsibility. Congress established the Immigration Service in 1891, which was the first time the Federal government took an active role. Congress enacted additional quota systems after World War I in the years 1921 and 1924. The laws remained largely unchanged until the passage of the “The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965.” Changes to admittance were made again in 1976 and 1978. “The Immigration Act of 1990″ added a category of admission based on diversity and increased the worldwide immigration ceiling.
As far as President Trump is concerned, he is apparently adhering more to the Constitution (by way of the 1874 Supreme Court ruling) than the “professor of Constitutional law,” as Obama referred to himself on more than one occasion.
Published by Fox News;
President Trump on Tuesday urged Congress to get to work on legislation to replace the Obama-era program known as DACA, as his administration is expected to wind down the policy that protects young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled Tuesday morning to announce the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Sources say the administration plans to end the program, with a six-month delay.
The delay would allow Congress time to craft a legislative solution, instead of the executive action former President Barack Obama used in 2012 to enact the program.
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017