“It’s Congress’s job to create legislation,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday after they expressed concerns that the lawmakers elected to make law would not be able to assist those affected by the elimination of the DACA program.
Sanders reminded the media that Congress members are elected to make laws, as anyone who took a civics class can tell you; and if they are unable to do so, they should “get out of the way” and let someone else do their job.
Sanders was questioned several times about what would happen if Congress fails to act by March when the program will end. She responded that after a three-week break, congressional members should be well-rested and ready to take on the “heavy lift” of immigration policy.
When asked what would happen to the 359 DACA program members who serve in the U.S. Army, Sanders said the White House was confident Congress would “step up and do their job.”
In a statement regarding the elimination of the DACA program, President Donald Trump said: “Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first. We are facing the symptom of a larger problem, illegal immigration, along with the many other chronic immigration problems Washington has left unsolved.”
In his statement, President Trump said former President Barack Obama, who created the DACA program for illegal aliens in 2012, passed the program unilaterally, without congressional support, “violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.”
Urging Congress to institute a “merit-based system,” President Trump called for them to replace DACA with legislation before it begins phasing out in March.
Responding to anxious reporters who said passing legislation wouldn’t be easy, Sanders said it was the job of congressional members to pass legislation which would fix the program, that Congress wasn’t elected to have an easy job, and that the president wasn’t elected to create laws.
“This is something that needs to be fixed legislatively, and we have confidence that they’re going to do that, and we stand ready and willing to work with them in order to accomplish responsible immigration reform, and … DACA’s certainly part of that process,” Sanders said.
“With all due respect, I don’t think the American people elected Congress to do things that were easy,” she said regarding the difficulty of passing immigration laws. “They elected them to make a government that works, to work properly, and to work for American people, and that’s their job. And if they can’t do it, then they need to get out of the way and let somebody else … who can take on a heavy lift and get things accomplished.”
“It’s Congress’ job to legislate. It’s not the president’s job to create law,” she said. “It’s Congress’ job to create legislation. I think that’s something we all learned in eighth-grade civics. I know I certainly did, and I think that every member of Congress should know that is their duty, and we’re asking them to fulfill it. It’s pretty simple.”
You may watch Sanders take on the press in the video below:
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