Did President Trump make the right decision to end DACA? | The Tylt
Did President Trump make the right decision to end DACA?
President Trump has been under pressure for months to make a decision regarding the fate of DACA. With conflicting arguments coming from within the West Wing, President Trump has apparently been searching for "a way out" of his campaign promise to end the program, and his Chief of Staff John Kelly may have found it.
He finally arrived at an inelegant solution to an intractable problem: Delaying a decision on the final fate of about 800,000 “Dreamers” covered by President Barack Obama’s executive action for six months, and putting it on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to the problem.
Opponents of DACA have argued it is illegal, and have urged President Trump to end the Obama-era program.
The most obvious problem with DACA is that it is illegal. By unilaterally issuing work permits and deportation relief to a large class of illegal immigrants, President Obama effectively rewrote immigration law.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also applauded President Trump's decision in a statement in which he claimed the DACA program was a "clear abuse of executive authority" by President Obama. Ryan also stated he viewed the decision as an opportunity for Congress to find a more permanent solution to immigration.
"It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the President’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”
But defenders of DACA argue the legal case against the program is "nonsense," and there was nothing illegal about Obama's 2012 executive action.
The legal case against DACA, however, is nonsense. If Trump believes that the program is bad policy, then he should make that case to the American people. But he should not be allowed to claim a legal justification for a political decision.
And while many have pointed to the ethical questions surrounding whether children should be punished for decisions made by their parents, others also argue that the decision is just bad policy.
What these wrongheaded and inhumane measures have in common is profound ignorance of the on-the-ground realities of immigration and labor markets in 21st century America, together with eagerness to toss red meat to the nativists in Trump’s base. It’s up to Congress to restore some measure of sanity and constructive purpose to immigration policymaking.