An objective assessment of the unconstitutional hypocrisy that is DACA

LTC Allen West

Everyone’s awaiting President Trump’s decision on the Obama program called DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The decision is expected as early as today.

It was a program established by Barack Obama in June 2012 allowing illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors to receive renewable, two-year deferments from deportation as well as work permits.


First, we need to understand that the pertinent word is illegal. These are children born in the United States of illegal immigrant parents who had violated and disregarded the sovereign laws of this nation. If we’re to continue as a constitutional republic, and not a constitutional monarchy, we must adhere to, and preserve our rule of law.

DACA is unconstitutional in every way. The Constitution states it clearly in Article I, Section 8, Clause 4, “To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization.” Article I denotes the enumerated powers of the legislative branch — the the House and Senate, or Congress. Article II of the Constitution denotes the enumerated powers of the executive branch.

A simple perusal  will help the reader realize that we’re to be governed by the rule of law, not ruled by edict from an executive. There are only four sections under Article II of the Constitution, the final section establishing the grounds for removal of the executive, the president.

If we wish to have a purely constitutional discussion about DACA, it’s obvious President Barack Obama exceeded his enumerated powers and established an unconstitutional policy. Now, the question is: Do we want to be ruled by edict based upon the ideological agenda of a ruler? If so, then let’s go right ahead and continue on with DACA.

But the progressive socialist Left then loses any grounds to complain about unconstitutional actions. They can’t accomplish their goal of fundamentally transforming America outside the bounds of our rule of law.

It’s not up to the president — any president — to decide that he or she wants to do something without the legislative branch; in essence, that’s taking action without the consent of the governed. The American people elect representatives to be their voice, so any disregard of the legislative branch is a dismissal and disregard of the American people.

Furthermore, since this action by President Barack Obama was taken by executive fiat, then it’s no longer binding upon his departure — just as with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear deal, and, as we saw,  the Paris Climate Change Accord.

The Left in America can get as mad, angry, hate-filled and emotional as they want. Either they support the rule of law or they don’t. Bottom line, the progressive, socialist Left and the liberal progressive media needs to shut up, because they don’t have a constitutional reason for complaint.

And if we’re now a country governed by feel-good emotions, then let’s admit that; let’s have an official burning of the Constitution and allow a fundamental transformation of our republic.

DACA is nothing more than a feel-good, ideological political tool based on identity politics. If anything, it advances the notion, which the Left loves, that there are those above the rule of law. Just look at sanctuary cities, counties and states — the Left’s agenda is apparently superior to our rule of law.

The hypocrisy of DACA is blatant. Who decides what constitutes being a “dreamer”? Yes, that sounds so nice, and again, it tugs at hearts. But I seem to recall in April 2009 that the same Barack Obama behind DACA ended the D.C. school voucher program for deserving young, black, minority kids … and not a peep came from the progressive socialist Left and the liberal progressive media.

The deduction is simple: The Left chooses based on their politicized agenda. Funny, DACA was enacted in 2012, a presidential election year … that should tell you everything.

To the Left, what about the “dreamers” in Washington, D.C., who had earned the privilege to attain a better education? I suppose Obama’s kids going to Sidwell Friends enabled their dreams. What about the kids in inner-city Chicago who must live under the threat of gangs and gunfire? Are there no “dreamers” there, and when has the Left made that a cause over which to take a stand?

Nope, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more concerned about criminal, illegal immigrants and disregarding the rule of law than  black children born in America. Or what about Detroit, Atlanta, south Dallas or any other major American urban center where the policies of the liberal, progressive Left have destroyed the two-parent black family, degraded educational opportunities and eradicated the possibilities that economic growth brings?

Not to mention the unborn black babies, or “dreamers,” who never get to be born and see the light of day because the progressive, socialist Left embraces the policies of a white supremacist and racist named Margaret Sanger and her dream of eliminating “undesirables” via her created organization, Planned Parenthood.

No, those black lives, those “dreamers” don’t matter because their deaths are part of the Left’s ideological agenda.

The Left says DACA is inhumane, but then what do you call the actions of Dr. Kermit Gosnell? What do you call it when nearly 60% of Planned Parenthood butcher shops are in the black community, knowing the bigoted “dreams” of Margaret Sanger? What do you call what Obama did in canceling the D.C. school voucher program and the Left’s vehement stance against school choice, vouchers, charter schools and home schooling — all of which are better educational options for real “dreamers” like the kids down on the Mississippi delta. The unemployment rate in the inner cities is astronomical and the rate for black teenagers is frightening — close to 40%.

No, DACA is nothing more than unconstitutional hypocrisy.

President Trump, we’ll see if you stand with the rule of law or if you cower at the insidious, emotional ranting of the progressive, socialist Left. All American children are “dreamers,” and this disrespectful attempt by the Left to use identity politics to further its ideological agenda must end.

President Trump, feel free to use these words here to express why you’re ending DACA. We’re a nation of laws, not manipulated emotional policy. Fulfill the dreams of our American children — natural-born and naturalized — and then we can talk about being benevolent to others.

It’s time we stop allowing the Left to prioritize who’s important.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]


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