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Editorial: Take action on DACA

September 7, 2017


The Trump Administration’s effort to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may finally succeed in getting Congress to do its job.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Administration will cease issuing new permits under DACA, which President Barack Obama implemented through executive order in 2012. DACA allows immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to seek two-year, renewable permits to work legally in the U.S. Some 800,000 of the permits have been issued.

In addition to no longer issuing new permits, the Trump Administration said it would stop renewing existing permits on March 5, 2018. Trump and Sessions left open the possibility that Congress could write and approve immigration reform that would address the plight of those in the DACA program.

Trump said last week that he thinks the Dreamers — as those with DACA permits are known — “are terrific.” Yet, his approach to repealing the DACA program has created significant uncertainty for them. Most of the Dreamers had no say in their families’ decisions to come to the U.S. Most have only known life in America. Now they are dependent on Congress to act or risk being deported to what is, for them, a foreign country.

That’s no small risk. Past attempts at immigration reform have failed amid the partisan rancor that has ground legislative action to a halt in Washington.

But on DACA, there are signs of hope on both sides of the aisle. House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Congress to act on a permanent “legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who represents Lawrence, struck a similar note. “These children did not come to America on their own terms, they simply followed their parents,” Jenkins said. “In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with my colleagues to create a permanent solution through the legislative process.”

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Have introduced a bipartisan bill that would grant permanent legal status to those who arrived in the United States before they turned 18, passed security checks and met other criteria.

President Trump has shown that he has neither the patience for nor interest in legislative leadership. He is quick to dump issues like DACA in Congress’ lap without direction, criticize leaders from both parties for inaction and blame Congress for the resulting failure.

But there may be a method to Trump’s madness. As the president’s tactics deepen the divide between Congress and the administration, they push congressional leaders closer to working together.

Trump has thrown down the gauntlet, daring Congress to work together and pass significant bipartisan legislation. Immigration reform, in which geography and economics often matter more than party, offers just such an opportunity.


Ken Lassman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

There definitely is no method to Trump's madness, but hopefully Congress will rise to the occasion, put aside their partisan politics and do the right thing. If there ever was a time when making lemonade out of lemons would be helpful to our country, now's the time. Perhaps it would also create a foundation from which other bipartisan efforts could have success--single party politics have been so destructive for both parties, and it's time to realize what everyone else who has had a job already knows: you don't have to agree on everything to work together with others to get a needed job done.

Bob Smith 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Had the former resident of 1600 Penn. Ave not tried to rule by decree, this situation would never have existed.

Carol Bowen 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Wrong. President Obama used an administrative manuever, because congress couldn't get its act together. The problem of illegal immigrant children has been around for a long time. So, has congress' inability to resolve the issue. Since they have been paying into social security and medicare and can not qualify for benefits, should they be given a refund if they are deported?

Brock Masters 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Obama issued an unconstitutional executive order. Regardless of what congress did or did not do, there is no justification for him to exceed his powers.

Trump will face similar opposition from congress but it will be no excuse for him to exceed his powers. I think you'd agree you don't want him making environmental or abortion law do you?

As far as the refunds, sorry that is the price you pay when you act outside the law. No refunds.

Armen Kurdian 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Obama's other action on immigration, which would have stopped prosecution / deportation on several million was struck down, but I don't know that DACA would be found unconstitutional. Congress was very close to passing reform in 2012 before it died in the House. Truthfully, these are (for the most part, there are always bad apples) the kind of people we do want as Americans, those who have gotten jobs, gotten educated, and not just sat on their butts gathering a check or hiding in the shadows. The editor is right, Trump basically told Congress, "You need to fix this, now do it." The media and left is demagoguing him for his action, when they should be applauding him for demanding a permanent solution. W/o the recission, I doubt Congress would act.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Unconstitutional" According to who? He was the "real" president......he has the authority to issue executive orders. If this were "unconstitutional" where are the hordes of opponents who would have raced in masse to the Supreme Court with this well as everything else the Democratic President had done to the chagrin of the Republican Party. Where........huh?..........where?

Brock Masters 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh Fred, presidents have the authority to issue EOs but the scope of which is limited to carrying out existing law, not creating new law like DACA does. Think about it, why would Obama need congress whose job it is to create law, if DACA was not new law?

I will concede that as with any issue there are those on both sides of the constitutionality argument.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"The Trump Administration’s effort to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may finally succeed in getting Congress to do its job."

Ya think?? Do you think that reasonable and rational action on these Dreamers will succeed with all the fascist Republicans in congress??

What have you been smoking? Some of the hateful and vengeful responses in this column reflect the opinions of angry and disconnected mindsets of those who do not give a damn about reason or responsibility.

Some want to pound on the "Illegal" status of persons who had no part in this action...They want to exact their miserable and hateful vengeance on totally innocent victims.

God bless America.......well.........some of us.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of these "legal experts" seem to have gotten their law training and degree at Trump University.

Steve King 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Unconstitutional? Says who? What court? None that's the reality. Never challenged since 2012. Then 10 states threaten to sue Tuesday so tRump has to end it immediately? Anyone with half a brain knows it would take years to come to trial. Now that tRump ended it 15 states are suing. So in the same logic he should reinstate it? And what's with his statement if Congrss fails he'll "revisit" it? With what? An executive order? Ha ha ha ha! Lemmings you conservatives are!

Brock Masters 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Fred. Watch the first video that BOb posted and tell us what you think.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I think you complainers are all racists and bigots. You get this with your support of the illegitimate and un-elected non "President of the United States".

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I think you complainers are all racists and bigots. You get this with your support of the illegitimate and un-elected non "President of the United States".

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