Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump Must Keep His Promise: Repeal DACA

Both the president and Congress are struggling to commit to a stable course of action regarding President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Do they scrap it or keep it? Although there are legitimate arguments favoring either option, DACA should nevertheless be repealed.
Very quickly, what is DACA? It is an executive order signed by President Obama in June 2012 that allowed all illegal aliens who arrived in America before they were aged 16 to apply for legal work permits, Social Security numbers, and driver's licenses and made them eligible for earned income tax credits. Enrollment must be renewed every two years. Since 2012, nearly 800,000 illegal aliens have taken advantage of DACA – most of them adults. Essentially, DACA grants participants the rights and privileges normally associated with legal entry into America. It is renewable amnesty.
There are three main problems with DACA. The first is that it undermines the rule of law in a fundamental way. In signing DACA, President Obama overstepped his authority and violated the division of powers as laid out in the Constitution. DACA was and is a usurpation of legislative power; it is a knife in Congress's back. This republic was constructed according to a number of axioms, one being that different arms of government have different parts to play and that each arm checks and balances the others. Congress is the seat of legislative authority. Representatives make, amend, and repeal laws and have power over the purse. The office of the president is the seat of executive authority: the president enforces the law and serves as our commander-in-chief.
Read the rest from the American Thinker HERE.

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