Former President Obama, despite being a self-declared constitutional law professor, has lost more cases before the Supreme Court than any other American president.
Washington Times Opinion Editor Charles Hurt claims that, unlike his predecessor, President Trump is showing the Constitution the respect it deserves. “The same Constitution Mr. Obama spent years studying. The same Constitution that Mr. Trump hires people to study for him. The same Constitution both men got elected to protect and uphold. The same Constitution Mr. Obama spray-painted graffiti all over and the same Constitution that Mr. Trump is — finally — rescuing,” he writes.
Debate over the constitutional authority of the Oval Office is garnering mainstream attention after the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order, which was launched by former President Obama, would be scrapped after a six-month delay.
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” President Trump said on Twitter.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions official announced the end of DACA at a press briefing yesterday morning. “Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this type of overreach,” explained Sessions. “There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. The compassionate thing to do is end the lawlessness, enforce our laws,” CNN reports.
White House insiders explained that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was instrumental in convincing the Trump administration to revoke the unconstitutional order former President Obama signed. Jeff Sessions was able to successfully argue that, if President Trump did not revoke DACA now, it would be struck down by the Supreme Court in the coming months.
At least 10 Secretaries of States have publicly expressed that they will challenge DACA in court if the White House does not act to remove the unlawful order.
By revoking DACA ahead of time, while offering Congress six months to draft a replacement, President Trump is helping to ensure a peaceful return to the rule of law, instead of allowing chaos to ensue in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision.
President Trump’s actions show respect for the Constitution. Does he understand it better than his predecessor?
The unconstitutionality of DACA cannot be denied. In fact, former President Obama admitted at least 20 times that he lacked the authority to pass DACA before he ultimately pushed the policy through, according to Politifact. In hindsight, it’s as if the former president were saying “what I’m about to do is illegal. Enjoy.”
“I’m not a king,” Obama said in 2013. “You know, my job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law. And — you know, when it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws — we’ve got some discretion. We can prioritize what we do. But we can’t simply ignore the law.”
Apparently, former President Obama had a change of heart. In 2012, he announced through a Department of Homeland Security memorandum that Immigration Officials would no longer apply existing immigration laws to young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children. In the end, Obama acted as if he was a king, after all.