On Tuesday, hours after his administration announced the repeal of Obama’s amnesty for children brought to the country illegally, President Trump promised that he would “revisit this issue” if Congress does not “legalize” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of the Obama-era executive order, both on constitutional grounds and also on principle.
“The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences,” Sessions said. “It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.”
The move saw significant opposition from Democrats and voices in the media, while even some Republicans who formerly opposed DACA called for Congress to act to resolve the issue with legislation.
Making for massive confusion, the president tweeted on Tuesday evening the following: “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
A six-month delay is included in the rollback, which would allow Congress to act if it so chooses. The White House had expressed hope that the issue could be included as part of a broader immigration legislation package, with Trump tweeting that he hoped to work with Democrats and Republicans for a reform “that puts hardworking citizens of our country first.”
I look forward to working w/ D's + R's in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
As noted, hours after the announcement was made, President Trump put out a tweet promising that he would “revisit this issue” if Congress did not “legalize DACA.”
The tweet appears to be adopting an argument used by many establishment Republicans that claims the problem with DACA was not its substance, but, primarily, that it was done unilaterally by President Obama, not through Congress.
It is unlikely that Trump’s “America First” base, which supported him, in part, because of his focus on illegal immigration, will be satisfied with anything approaching a repeat of DACA — either by Congress or presidential pen.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, perhaps worried that Trump would not follow through with his promise to make 800,000 illegal immigrants abide by the rule of law, tweeted before the announcement that millions of voters “not only won’t vote for [Trump] again, but will never vote Republican again if they pass this DACA amnesty.”
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 5, 2017
Last night, during a rare appearance on Facebook that drew 9,000 LIVE viewers, Dennis Michael Lynch ripped into Congress and Obama over all the messages being posted about how DACA needs to be legalized. DML, in his passionate voice of reason, pointed out that Congress needs to address the needs of the American people before illegal aliens. “Where are all the press releases about the veterans who get screwed by the VA? Where are all the press releases about the Americans who can’t afford Obamacare, or who can’t find work, or who have to work 3 jobs to stay afloat? Where are those statements — where is Congress!”
DML emphasized that if Congress passes a Dream Act before addressing bills that focus on healthcare, the VA, and taxes, then the American people need to march on Washington DC.
In just 12 hours, the video has been watched nearly 700,000 times on Facebook, and shared more than 20k times.
You can watch it here:
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