Trumps Ends DACA, Calls on Congress to Act.
This summer I heard a lot of conversation about Dreamers and what was happening with DACA. Unfortunately, I had too much going on personally to investigate the issue at that time. I used NPR’s article to give myself a quick rundown. President Obama made an executive order in 2012 called DACA to provide safety from deportation for children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents because bills pertaining to their status could not be passed by legislation. President Trump has been under pressure by 10 state attorneys general who claimed the President Obama overstepped his boundaries as president by putting the program into action.
President Trump stated “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are adults now, for the actions of their parents. But, we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.” Laws are made by the legislative branch and such changes to immigration shouldn’t be solely at the hands of the executive branch. Our nation is built upon a separation of power and we have to abide by our constitution in order to have opportunities. I would love to see congress pass a few of the bipartisan bills being brought to the table to allow for legal status of this group of people, since legal status was not provided by DACA. But, unfortunately this group of people are at the mercy of our laws and we have to push this program to congress to pass the bill and make it a law.