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Trump: ‘We have no choice’ but to end DACA

“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first”

(National SentinelRule of Law: President Donald J. Trump spoke out Tuesday regarding his decision to end a controversial Obama-era program that allowed the children brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents to stay, saying he had no other choice but to do so.

“Really we have no choice, we have to be able to do something, and I think it’s going to work out very well,” he said, referring to his delay of ending DACA by six months to give Congress an opportunity to address the program properly, through legislation.

“I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly,” Trump said, adding that they were not “children” at all but young adults, possibly referring to talking points repeated by his critics, Breitbart News reported.

In part, here is the president’s statement:

As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend.

In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.

In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that “I can’t just do these things by myself” – and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.

Officials from 10 States are suing over the program, requiring my Administration to make a decision regarding its legality. The Attorney General of the United States, the Attorneys General of many states, and virtually all other top legal experts have advised that the program is unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court.

There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will.

The temporary implementation of DACA by the Obama Administration, after Congress repeatedly rejected this amnesty-first approach, also helped spur a humanitarian crisis – the massive surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America including, in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country, such as MS-13.

Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.

Therefore, in the best interests of our country, and in keeping with the obligations of my office, the Department of Homeland Security will begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption. While new applications for work permits will not be accepted, all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today. Furthermore, applications already in the pipeline will be processed, as will renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration. This is a gradual process, not a sudden phase out. Permits will not begin to expire for another six months, and will remain active for up to 24 months. Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.

Trump also said Congress has punted on the issue of fixing the issue constitutionally, via legislation, that Obama’s DACA sought to address.

“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first. We are facing the symptom of a larger problem, illegal immigration, along with the many other chronic immigration problems Washington has left unsolved,” he added.

Something else needs to be said here: Those complaining about Trump rescinding Obama’s policy should remember that Obama got to implement his policies when he was president (even illegal ones like DACA). Trump won his election fair and square (without Russian “collusion”) so he gets to implement his policies. If that pisses Democrats off, then win more elections.

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