When candidate Trump waded into the immigration issue, he created a firestorm that is unlikely to be quelled anytime during his tenure as president. There are far too many people involved, as well as far too many politicians who have major stakes in the outcome of this battle.
From one perspective, one might wonder what all the fuss is about. After all, doesn’t the nation have immigration laws? It does. Are the enforced? Not entirely. Why not? It’s complicated. What is happening now? The current president has ordered that the laws be enforced, and is terminating a program his predecessor created with full knowledge it was illegal. How did that happen? It’s complicated.
Of course, no professional interview would go like that, but it does sort of create a framework for filling in the spaces and getting a handle on this mess. After all, the major players in this include the president, the attorney general, state governors, state attorneys general, federal law enforcement leaders, political interest groups, the judicial system, and that’s before we even mention the millions of illegal aliens already in our country.
This is a classic case of the failure to address a problem at the proper time thereby allowing it to turn into a crisis. Hoping that problems will go away or that our political opponents will just get distracted by something else and forget about it all is never a good idea. What you get from that form of misgovernment is what we’ve got now. And there simply is no longer a solution to the problem that will quell the acrimonious debate.
The current act in this drama revolves around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program instituted by Mr. Obama to allow children brought into the US illegally when they were too young to be responsible for their actions to remain in the country by applying and reapplying for what amount to as wavers. These would be the “Dreamers,” and there are perhaps 800,000 of them from their late teens into their early thirties.
One problem with DACA is that it’s illegal. Mr. Obama admitted it was illegal when he instituted it by executive fiat. President Trump pulled the plug, although somewhat gently, allowing the thing to continue for six months while charging Congress with the responsibility for fixing the problem. As a result of his actions, fifteen state attorneys general and the D.C. are now suing the president.
“Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end protection against deportation for young immigrants, saying it was motivated by prejudice against Mexicans.
“Legal experts, however, say the evidence of bias is not strong in the case involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
“‘It might be able to muck up the works, maybe push off the effective date of the repeal, but I don’t see litigation being successful in the same way as the travel ban,’ Kari Hong, an immigration expert at Boston College Law School, said, referring to the lawsuit earlier this year that limited the Trump ban involving predominantly Muslim nations.”
So you get the full picture of what is going on here, fifteen states’ attorneys general plus D.C. are suing the president to stop him from ending a program that his predecessor instituted. So, in effect, they are suing to keep an illegal government program in place. If you are getting that gnawing feeling that our judicial system really is that screwed up, well, that’s understandable.
You can play with the numbers and listen to the pundits, but here’s what this all boils down to. And mind you, this is coming from NBC, not an institution known for being a mouthpiece for President Trump and his programs.
“Under Trump’s plan, people already enrolled in DACA remain covered until their permits expire. If that happens before March 5, they are eligible to renew them for another two years as long as they apply by Oct. 5. But the program isn’t accepting new applications.
“Trump on Tuesday said he had ‘love’ for those who benefited from DACA and said he hoped Congress would help them.
“And in statement on Wednesday night, White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said, ‘President Trump acted lawfully to correct the unconstitutional actions by the Obama Administration. It it now up to Congress to act on behalf of the American people.'”
One reasonable question is why Mr. Obama initiated a program he claimed was illegal. And if that is not enough, one could also ask why such an unlawful program was allowed to continue for several years eventually impacting almost a million persons.
There’s a rather likely explanation for this, and it circles right back around to politics and elections. Those who are given favors by politicians of a particular brand are likely to receive support either in the form of campaign contributions or votes. These Dreamers may not have hundreds of millions to contribute, but they can represent a powerful voting block if yet another irregular government program were to be enacted to give them the right to vote. It’s obvious where that is going.
What is frustrating is that the Republicans did not challenge Mr. Obama as soon as he signed that executive order. His actions in creating a program that he knew and stated was illegal are indefensible.
But perhaps the Republicans were either asleep at the switch are were hoping that somehow it would work out in their favor. If the latter was the case, they know less about how Washington works that most readers of his column.
Source: NBC News