By: D. Kennedy
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has vowed to make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, “permanent” on “day one” of his presidency…though with his crippling mental health, who knows if he’ll even make it that far.
The former vice president made the claim after the Supreme Court decided to recently block the Trump Administration from ending the Obama-era program that provides legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored. As President, I will immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of my Administration,” Biden said.
This decision ruled with a 5-4 high court ruling. Though the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to end DACA, it hasn’t provided legal justification for doing so. This means that nearly 700,000 current DACA recipients will be able to continue with the program, gaining legal work status and protection from deportation as long as they meet certain requirements.
Biden claims that if Trump attempts to repeal DACA during this unprecedented public health crisis he will be responsible for upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and bringing harm to families and communities all across the country. News networks have noted that the court’s ruling only temporarily prevents the Trump Administration from being able to terminate the program, but they can still work to rescind the program in the future.
September 2017 was the first time the Trump administration tried to end DACA when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it an “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” and “an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”
Trump explains his reasoning behind this not as a favor of punishing children but for the actions of their parents. We have to recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws. This would help end illegal immigration, prevent visa overstays, and create a “merit-based” system of immigration. The Obama Administration had sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. DACA denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs. “We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple,” Sessions stated.
Interesting that a previous Administration can create new law by bypassing the legislature and issuing an executive order…but a new Administration cannot rescind that law via executive order. Where did this come from? The corruption keeps piling up and sooner or later someone in the Supreme Court will be fired.