Most of the immigration issues are straightforward, if hotly debated. Those who enter this country in violation of its immigration laws are criminals and should be deported. Those who are in the business in bringing these people into the country for pay are also in violation of the law and should be arrested and tried. Failure to take these actions simply renders existing laws meaningless, never a good precedent to set.
The problem is at the margins. What about a young child who is brought into the U.S. illegally and is raised in this country? From one point of view, that individual is still an illegal alien and should be deported. From another point of view, such persons are innocent of violating any laws since, due to their age, they had neither the knowledge of the violation of any laws, nor did they have any ability to prevent their illegal transfer to the U.S., presumably by one or both parents. In other words, since they were little children at the time of the infraction of the law, there are, by definition, innocents.
So what is to be done with them now? Mr. Obama instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave them the right to stay, at least for a while. President Trump has said he would end this program, but those that are given visas from the program can remain in the United States until their work permit expires. After that though, it’s time for them to follow the law, just like everyone else! No more Obama freebies coming their way!
“President Trump, as early as Friday, is expected to announce plans to end the Obama administration program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News.
“Trump promised to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, during the presidential campaign — but since taking office had left the door open to preserving parts of it.
“According to the official, Trump is expected to announce the program’s end but will allow so-called ‘dreamers’ currently in the program to stay in the U.S. until their work permits expire – which, for some, could be as long as two years.”
Mr. Obama, if nothing else, did a magnificent job of leaving all sorts of unfinished business for President Trump. Look most anywhere from foreign crises, to national finances, to health care, to infrastructure deterioration, to immigration, and you will find half-completed programs, incomplete investigations, and an awful health care mess. What Mr. Obama did succeed in doing is further polarizing Americans, just the opposite of what was promised.
So we should not expect anything different with the difficult matter of illegal aliens who Mr. Obama not only allowed but encouraged to enter the country. Fixing this mess is up to President Trump, and programs such as DACA don’t make the job any easier.
Just so you’re clear what DACA is all about:
“The program was formed through executive order by then-President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows for certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation.
“Recipients are able to request ‘consideration of deferred action’ for a period of two years which is subject to renewal.”
How many times can the two-year “deferred action” request be renewed? Not specified.
So now what? It’s not entirely clear. The best guess would be that President Trump will end DACA so as not to add to the problem, but will offer some leniency to those already covered under it.
“The plan to allow DACA to lapse already has buy-in from conservative groups that want the president to end the program.
“‘Our position has been that President Trump should allow DACA to lapse,’ Ira Mehlman from the Federation for American Immigration Reform told Fox News. ‘As people’s two-year deferments and work authorization expire they should not be renewed.’
The president could do any number of things here. He could leave DACA in place which he is virtually certain not to do. He could scrap it entirely and start shipping all those covered under it out of the country immediately. That seems unlikely as well.
Or he could, consistent with his ridding the country of ill considered and harmful programs instituted by the Obama regime, end DACA and let those here under the program remain for a period of time, such as however many months remain on their waivers. Then, they leave.
Presidents can expect to have many very difficult decisions to make. Given the nature of the offense committed, this is probably one of President Trump’s more difficult ones to make. While it doesn’t have the importance as our policy toward North Korea, it still impacts human lives. And we’re quite sure that President Trump is taking that into consideration and will do the right thing for our country.
Source: Fox News