Trump to end DACA

Trump to end DACA the right way for the right reasons

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Trump to end DACA the right way for the right reasons

Reports are com­ing in from Politico that Pres­i­dent Trump will announce a six-​month delayed end to the con­tro­ver­sial Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals, known as DACA. The exec­u­tive order signed by Pres­i­dent Obama allowed chil­dren brought ille­gally into the coun­try to apply for work per­mits. It was uni­ver­sally loved by Democ­rats and reluc­tantly pro­tected by a hand­ful of Republicans.

Now, it will go away if the report is accu­rate. It should and this is the right way to do it.

Com­plaints are already emerg­ing from both sides of the polit­i­cal aisle. Lib­er­als are out­raged, of course, but some con­ser­v­a­tives are also voic­ing con­cerns. Chief of Staff John Kelly believes Con­gress should have been pre­pared with a plan by now. Iowa Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve King believes putting it on the Repub­li­can Con­gress is a bad polit­i­cal move.

https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/904508306441494529

To some extent, King is cor­rect. If the GOP Con­gress puts forth a replace­ment that does all or part of what the pre­vi­ous law­less pres­i­dent intended with his exec­u­tive order, all this does is shift own­er­ship. If, on the other hand, the GOP decides to take the polit­i­cal hit and encour­age enforce­ment of the rule of law for our sov­er­eign nation, it’s a win.

King is appar­ently not very con­fi­dent his cohorts will take the sec­ond path.

For Pres­i­dent Trump, this is a win-​win. He is ful­fill­ing one of his most impor­tant cam­paign promises and set­ting the stage for the GOP to demon­strate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread through­out the party rather than just focus­ing on him. If they cave for polit­i­cal expe­di­ency and recre­ate a con­gres­sional ver­sion of DACA, then Pres­i­dent Trump did his part and Con­gress was the body that changed.

As crit­i­cal as I’ve been of the pres­i­dent dur­ing his short term, this is one instance where I’m in full agree­ment. Pulling the rug out from under “Dream­ers” may be what most con­ser­v­a­tives want, but it would be a poor polit­i­cal move. It’s just an unnec­es­sary bur­den at this point fol­low­ing a slew of fail­ures from Oba­macare to the travel ban. Instead, he’s giv­ing Con­gress the oppor­tu­nity to act while still ful­fill­ing his promise. The mes­sage to poten­tial ille­gal immi­grants is still clear and effec­tive: this pres­i­dent will not pro­tect you so don’t bother com­ing over.

We are a sov­er­eign nation. We have a robust legal immi­gra­tion sys­tem that allows oppor­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to enter the nation the right way. We can­not afford mixed mes­sages mak­ing peo­ple believe they or their chil­dren can stay if they come here ille­gally. End­ing the exec­u­tive order is a right­eous move by the pres­i­dent. Will Con­gress fol­low suit?

Reports are coming in from Politico that President Trump will announce a six-month delayed end to the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. The executive order signed by President Obama allowed children brought illegally into the country to apply for work permits. It was universally loved by Democrats and reluctantly protected by a handful of Republicans.

Now, it will go away if the report is accurate. It should and this is the right way to do it.

Complaints are already emerging from both sides of the political aisle. Liberals are outraged, of course, but some conservatives are also voicing concerns. Chief of Staff John Kelly believes Congress should have been prepared with a plan by now. Iowa Representative Steve King believes putting it on the Republican Congress is a bad political move.

To some extent, King is correct. If the GOP Congress puts forth a replacement that does all or part of what the previous lawless president intended with his executive order, all this does is shift ownership. If, on the other hand, the GOP decides to take the political hit and encourage enforcement of the rule of law for our sovereign nation, it’s a win.

King is apparently not very confident his cohorts will take the second path.

For President Trump, this is a win-win. He is fulfilling one of his most important campaign promises and setting the stage for the GOP to demonstrate their resolve on the issue. If they do, he wins because the “blame” will be spread throughout the party rather than just focusing on him. If they cave for political expediency and recreate a congressional version of DACA, then President Trump did his part and Congress was the body that changed.

As critical as I’ve been of the president during his short term, this is one instance where I’m in full agreement. Pulling the rug out from under “Dreamers” may be what most conservatives want, but it would be a poor political move. It’s just an unnecessary burden at this point following a slew of failures from Obamacare to the travel ban. Instead, he’s giving Congress the opportunity to act while still fulfilling his promise. The message to potential illegal immigrants is still clear and effective: this president will not protect you so don’t bother coming over.

We are a sovereign nation. We have a robust legal immigration system that allows opportunities for people to enter the nation the right way. We cannot afford mixed messages making people believe they or their children can stay if they come here illegally. Ending the executive order is a righteous move by the president. Will Congress follow suit?