Regardless of your stance on DACA, President Trump is in the right for revoking former President Barack Obama’s unlawful order.
In June, 2012, former President Obama enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through a Department of Homeland Security memorandum. Many condemned the former president’s overreach, explaining that the Executive Branch does not have the authority to invalidate immigration laws passed by Congress. One unlikely critic was Obama himself. Despite passing DACA protections, former President Obama admitted at least 22 times that he lacked the authority to unilaterally pass immigration reform.
In a video that should be broadcast by every mainstream news agency, former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), read each and every time former President Obama explained that he lacked the authority to pass DACA.
Former President Obama compounded his error in November, 2014 when he extended DACA protections through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). The second order offered sanctuary for illegal immigrants who have had children since living illegally in the United States.
Numerous state governments challenged the two immigration Executive Orders, resulting in an injunction preventing DAPA from ever taking effect. DACA remained on the books. However, 10 secretaries of state publicly announced they would challenge DACA if President Trump did not revoke the unlawful order.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that both illegal Executive Orders would be revoked. DACA protections will remain in effect until March, 2018, offering Congress the chance to legally enact the immigration reform.
“We are dealing with a president who has ignored the people, has ignored the Constitution, and even his own past statements,” Rep. Boehner said in 2015. “In fact, on at least 22 occasions he said he didn’t have the authority to do what he has done.”
In one egregious example, on July 25, 2011, former President Obama admitted, “The idea of doing these things on my own is very tempting. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
Ultimately, Obama changed his mind and gave in to temptation. By his own admission, passing DACA through executive action alone served to undermine both our Republic and our Constitution.
Even after DACA was pushed through, the former president was announcing that he lacked the authority to do what he just did. On two occasions in the winter of 2013, Obama explained, “I’m not a king. You know, my job as the head of the Executive Branch is ultimately to carry out the law.” And, “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States.” Even though, at the time, Obama was acting as both king and emperor.
Ultimately, President Trump was forced to revoke Obama’s executive actions because they were unlawful. The Trump administration has offered Congress a six-month window to reinstate DACA protections through the proper channels if that is indeed what the people want.
By criticizing President Trump for enforcing the law, open-border activists reveal they do not want a president – they want a king.