With President Trump set to announce a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — otherwise known as Obama’s executive amnesty program — lawmakers are looking to defend the initiative.
According to Politico, House Minority Leader (D-CA) asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for a meeting to discuss the controversial program. Ryan has previously stated that he does not believe DACA should be ended, despite once saying he believed it was unconstitutional. This teaming up shows just how out-of-touch and hypocritical Ryan has become.
On Friday, Pelosi sent a letter to the Speaker requesting to meet with Republican leaders to help ensure that the children of undocumented immigrants would not be removed from DACA’s protection. In an interview with a WCLO, a local Wisconsin radio station, Ryan indicated that President Donald Trump should not end the program because of the potential consequences to the children of immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Pelosi stated that she was “heartened” by Ryan’s stance on the issue, believing that it could lead to a reasonable compromise. She did not say what type of agreement would be appropriate.
She writes, “That is why I am writing to ask you to meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders as soon as we return next week to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for our country’s DREAMers.”
Pelosi also argued, “Deporting patriotic, courageous young men and women who are American in every way would be disastrous for our communities, our economy and our nation.” Politico states that Democratic lawmakers want to preserve DACA and provide a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
President Trump has been under pressure from Republican lawmakers and state leadership. Ten states have threatened to bring legal action against DACA if the president fails to decide by September 5. On Tuesday, President Trump is expected to make his decision regarding the program.
During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed that he would end DACA. Since taking office, he has appeared to reconsider this decision, acknowledging that it wasn’t as cut-and-dry as he initially thought. In a February press conference, Trump described the difficulty in making a decision. “To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids — in many cases, not in all cases,” he said. “But you have some absolutely incredible kids — I would say mostly — they were brought here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject.”
Ryan told WCLO that he believes that decisions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be made through legislation:
“These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
Politico indicates that some GOP lawmakers are also concerned about ending the program. They believe that putting a stop to DACA could harm negotiations with the Democrats related to funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. These are two critical issues that Congress must address in September.
Pelosi and Ryan might collaborate to keep DACA. Should Trump end this unconstitutional program now?
Former President Barack Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. His decision was widely criticized because it is unconstitutional — the president does not have the authority to write law. Any decision regarding the children of illegal immigrants is supposed to be made through the legislative process — which might be another reason why Ryan wants Trump to let Congress address the issue.
DACA has been a contentious issue since Obama introduced in 2012. While many believe that the United States must enforce its borders, others argue that the children of illegal immigrants should not be subject to deportation because they were unable to choose whether or not they should enter the country illegally. Illegal immigration has been a key issue during the campaign and after Trump took office. His decision regarding DACA will serve as an indicator on how Trump plans to shape his immigration policy.