DACA’s Dubious Deadline



In a city that manufactures crises by the hour, Washington is counting down the days to the March 5 DACA “deadline.”

Ditching their government shutdown gambit, the open-borders crowd on Capitol Hill reset the alarm clock to coincide with President Donald Trump’s order for dealing with the controversial program formally called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In fact, the immigration enthusiasts want to go far beyond the 800,000 DACA recipients to include amnesty for some 3.6 million illegal aliens known as DREAMers. Such bait-and-switch tactics are also the stock and trade of Capitol Hill.

But back to the supposed deadline. This month, in a little-noted ruling, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, effectively blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA on March 5.

Even if the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court were to lift Judge Alsup’s injunction any wind-down of DACA would likely take an additional six months (based on a rescission memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security). By then, it’s September, or later.

Meantime, Trump’s Department of Justice has taken steps that give the administration leeway to continue DACA renewals.

If Washington is notorious for brinksmanship, it’s also infamous for kicking cans down a road full of legal speed bumps.

The media and “progressive” politicians are slamming the panic button on DACA for all the usual pecuniary and political reasons. Playing to emotions, rather than logic, DACA apologists seek to short-circuit the legislative process – as President Obama did in creating the program — and ram through yet another wholesale amnesty.

If Congress cannot resolve the DACA issue reasonably, the job ultimately reverts to the White House. What one president gives by an unconstitutional executive order, another can take away. Mr. Obama said so himself.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

3 Comments

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    Ken Paxton better revive the lawsuit! and Jeff Sessions better revise the Scotus case to straightaway kill Daca.

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    How can an illegal have rights because they enter with OUT permission. NO RIGHTS AT ALL NO SAY SO. In or out of the COURT ROOM, when is proved that the deportee is here illegally, With or with out a Judge. The word is deport. judge or not. The illegal has no crying this or that is why he should be staying the USA, DEPORT IMMEDIATELY WITH OUT . DON’T BREAK UP THE FAMILY. THE ENTIRE FAMILY LEAVES THIS COUNTRY COURT TIME NOT MORE THAN 30 MINUTES. WHICH TAKE CARE OF THE BACK LOG. Illegals pays all fines imposed locally or other wise. He can be jailed for false claiming child credit on income tax return.