So, it turns out all those DACA protests were silly.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday, on behalf of the Trump administration, that President Obama’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order would be rescinded, the Left created an uproar. Thousands took to the streets. Students walked out of their high schools. A march on the Brooklyn Bridge disrupted traffic. Activists stormed Trump Tower in New York City, and dozens were arrested.
The Democrats pounced on the outrage, stoking fear of impending mass deportations. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., charged the president with racist motivations, saying “he has once again chosen to cloak his presidency with a white nationalist flag.” These were obvious lies.
Sessions’ announcement of the policy reversal made clear there would be a six-month delay in enforcement of the old, pre-DACA rules. President Trump urged Congress to get to work on quickly legalizing DACA and, with encouragement from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made clear on Thursday that the government would take “no action” to deport DACA recipients while Congress considers a new DREAM Act to grant amnesty to nearly a million illegal immigrants receiving benefits under DACA. The president pledged to sign that bill when Congress sends it to his desk.
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
So, no mass deportations. No real DACA repeal, either. The president is committed to a legislative legalization of what was an illegal executive order. Regardless of how you feel about the policy of amnesty for illegal immigrants, the president at least is fulfilling his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
DACA was unconstitutional. President Obama said so himself before reversing his position during an election year. “I am president, I am not king,” Obama said in 2010. Later in 2011, he reiterated “with respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.” Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants brought here as children always required an act of Congress, and now President Trump has provided Congress with the opportunity to do it.
That’s why the protests and attacks on DACA repeal were so absurd. They were attacks on the constitutional separation of powers by a group of people who want illegal immigrants to become citizens of the United States. Think of it.
If we’re going to toss out parts of the Constitution on a whim because it feels right, or because it would be “cruel” to wait around for Congress to exercise its responsibility to legislate, why stop at the separation of powers? Why respect some parts of the Constitution, i.e. the Bill of Rights, while we ignore other parts? Why should any law be respected when the supreme law of the land is ignored and held in contempt?
Why should you want to be a citizen of the United States when you demand that this country’s foundational laws be ignored?
It makes no sense, unless you don’t actually want to live in the USA — unless you want to fundamentally transform this country into something else.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.