Y’all remember the Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock vignettes that used to be on ABC? I loved those public service advertisements. They were instructional and fun, and boy, do we ever need them now. However, we don’t need them just for kids on Saturday mornings. We could use them for adults during prime time…and here’s why.
As reported – so to speak — by CNN, “The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will stay out of the dispute concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for now, meaning participants will still be able to renew their status. The move will also lessen pressure on Congress to act on a permanent solution for DACA and its roughly 700,000 participants — undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children.
Originally, President Donald Trump had terminated DACA but allowed a six-month grace period for anyone with status expiring in that window to renew. After that date, March 5, any DACA recipient whose status expired would no longer be able to receive protections. Monday’s action by the court, submitted without comment from the justices, is not a ruling on the merits of the DACA program or the Trump administration’s effort to end it. At issue is a ruling by federal District Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, who blocked the plan to end DACA and held that the Trump administration must resume accepting renewal applications. The action means the case will continue going through the lower courts.
Alsup said a nationwide injunction was “appropriate” because “our country has a strong interest in the uniform application of immigration law and policy.”
“Plaintiffs have established injury that reaches beyond the geographical bounds of the Northern District of California. The problem affects every state and territory of the United States,” he wrote.
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has generally allowed nationwide injunctions against the Trump administration actions from lower court judges under this President to stand, meaning the DACA program could be spared a year or more until the Supreme Court could take up the case in next year’s term, given the likely realities of the calendar.”
Here’s the issue. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama. That means, unless there was a follow-on president who agrees, the executive action can be terminated. The most disturbing aspect of this whole matter is that it appears that we now live in a Constitutional Monarchy, not a Constitutional Republic. The courts exist to make rulings on law, they apply the Constitution. DACA is not a law, therefore, why are we having ANY court weigh in on it?
This is why we all need a lesson in civics, and Schoolhouse Rock needs to be resurrected. The enumerated power on matters of naturalization (immigration) falls to the U.S. Congress…the legislative branch. It says in Article I, Section 8, Clause 4, “To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization…” So, the first thing is that President Barack Obama acted in an unconstitutional manner — which he acknowledged — in usurping an enumerated power from the legislative branch. And for my dear progressive socialist friends who failed civics, you don’t get to have a president (executive branch) make laws just because you’re not getting your way.
And, let me remind the DACA recipients and the liberal progressive left, in those first two years of Obama’s reign when the Democrats had a super majority in the House and Senate…why didn’t they act and do a “comprehensive” immigration reform? Perhaps instead of wasting time on stimulus and Obamacare, they should have done this. If they had, then the GOP would have had to repeal and create a new law, and have it signed by a new GOP president.
Since when have executive actions been misconstrued as law? It appears now, with Barack Obama, and this DACA debacle.
President Trump needs to tell everyone that he’s not conforming to the “fundamental transformation of the United States of America.” Executive actions are not law, not now, not ever. Therefore, with no legislative action by the March 5th date, DACA is rescinded and the rule of law on immigration policy stands. If you’re here illegally, you can be deported from these United States, full stop, period.
The Democrats were given a solution by President Trump that would set some 1.8 million on a path to citizenship. However, there will be full funding for a border security system, which includes a wall. As well, there will be an end to the diversity (visa) lottery system as well as chain migration. This goes along with an end to sanctuary city and state policies and full implementation of e-verify. The Democrats balked on this and enlisted the help of the far left liberal progressive Ninth Circuit Court to issue this nonsense. Judge Alsup cannot rule on an executive action, he can only make decisions on laws as they pertain to our Constitution. Again, DACA is NOT A LAW.
If no one in the Trump administration stands up and makes this assertion, lucidly, then they’ve failed our Republic. President Trump is then complicit in the fundamental transformation of our nation. He will have acquiesced his enumerated powers to a previous administration, and that will set a very dangerous precedent.
President Trump, DACA ends on March 5th, unless the Democrats accept the legislative proposals, such as the Goodlatte Bill in the House of Representatives. You are the president of the United States, and just as you have overturned other previous executive actions and regulations imposed by the Obama administration, you are well within your constitutional powers to do so in this case. It’s time to teach the progressive socialists a lesson in civics, unless you are just grandstanding, and don’t comprehend civics and the foundations of our Constitutional Republic yourself?
Executive actions are not law, and the same, Mr. President, goes with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear deal. You recently ridiculed that at CPAC, yet you keep recertifying it?
[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]