On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again angered thousands of liberals by announcing that the program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” would be phased out in six months.
In announcing his decision to end DACA, Trump explained that he wasn’t phasing out the program because he wanted to kick children out of the United States, but rather that then-President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he created DACA, The Washington Times reported.
“In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that, ‘I can’t just do these things by myself’ — and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our republic,” Trump’s statement read.
It takes a lot of guts to willingly cut down on the amount of power you have. By declaring Obama’s program unconstitutional, Trump also put limits on what can do as president. That represents a massive change in the executive branch as it evolved during Obama’s eight years in the Oval Office.
The imperial presidency under Obama, with his “pen and phone” arrogance, relied on executive orders to push the liberal agenda instead of working with Congresss to pass duly constituted laws as the Constitution requires.
Trump’s massive change, then, is actually a return to the form of governance that’s true to the ideals of a constitutional republic — which is the main reason liberals hate it so much.
“There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will,” Trump’s statement read.
So much for the liberal theory that Trump was some power hungry dictator who would overthrow the government. In ending DACA, he just put restraints on his own power. That’s not exactly something a would-be dictator would do.
Fox News reported that Trump stressed that he has “great love” for the so-called Dreamers, but that Congress is the branch that needs to pass real immigration reform — something he is willing to work on with the House and Senate.
By giving DACA a six-month period before it is ended, Trump is giving Congress a chance to actually do its job and pass legislation. If Congress wants DACA to remain, it needs to pass a law, not just rely on the executive branch.
There is a reason we have three branches of government. Obama and his Democrat Party seemed to have forgotten that particular lesson during his time in office, but Trump has shown that he is well aware of it.
Congress already has a mountain of work to do, from tax reform, to health care, to approving disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey. It is unclear when it could tackle theDACA issue, but we’re sure they will try.
Let’s hope Congress can get its act together, soon, so that real change can finally be enacted.
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