In a press conference this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is being rescinded. The unconstitutional Obama executive program has given special protection to illegal aliens in the US, who were brought here as children. These so-called DREAMers, who now average 26 years old in age, have been able to acquire renewable two-year reprieves from deportation, work permits, and Social Security participation under the program, despite their illegal status.
Sessions announced the program is going to be wound down in the coming months. He emphasized the unconstitutionality of the Executive branch’s action under the Obama Administration and its negative effects on the US.
“In other words, the executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.”
“The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.”
He also expressed the need of Congress to work with the President to enact proper immigration reform.
“Congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people. Our nation is comprised of good and decent people who want their government’s leaders to fulfill their promises and advance an immigration policy that serves the national interest.”
“We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws.”
A similar program from the Obama Administration named DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) was already enjoined by the courts and then rescinded several months ago by the current administration.
Sessions emphasized his role as Attorney General is to enforce the law, not pick sides in a political debate over DACA.
“As the Attorney General, it is my duty to ensure that the laws of the United States are enforced and that the Constitutional order is upheld.”
“But the Department of Justice does not represent any narrow interest or any subset of the American people. We represent all of the American people and protect the integrity of our Constitution. That is our charge.”
Here is a copy of the letter sent by Attorney General Sessions to the Department of Homeland Security that ends DACA.
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— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) September 5, 2017