Not all issues surrounding illegal immigration are especially straightforward.
Those who have entered and remained in the country in violation of our immigration laws have committed a criminal act, which is deserving at least of deportation.
Many of them have engaged in other criminal acts for which they should be prosecuted and if convicted, sent to prison, after which they can be returned to their home countries.
But there’s a class of illegals that has presented problems even for President Trump.
These would be the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and who have spent much of their lives living here like Americans even though they are not.
Do you ship these children who arrived here through no act of their own back to their native countries? Some have grown up here and are now adults.
These non-citizens allowed here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
Now, the problem is being brought to a head as the attorney generals of several states are threatening to sue in federal court to overturn this program and deport those who have been allowed to stay and work here under DACA.
Via Fox News:
“[Homeland Security Secretary] Kelly met privately with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to alert them that the Trump Administration may stand by and let legal challenges defeat the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that permits people brought to the states illegally as children stay on temporary visas.
Since March, 770,477 people had been granted temporary status through DACA waivers.”
What this boils down to is the threat of federal lawsuits from several states arguing that DACA cannot stand up to judicial review and must be declared void by the courts.
It’s up to the Trump administration to decide if it will defend DACA and even if it does, most think it won’t be successful.
“The program would need to be defended in court if the Trump administration doesn’t rescind it fully by September 5.
That’s because officials in 10 states are threatening to file suit challenging the constitutionality of DACA, which was created by an executive order signed by President Obama.”
Kelly appeared to support DACA, encouraging legislators to codify Mr. Obama’s executive order establishing the program into law. For his part, President Trump finds the matter to be a very difficult one.
“‘I’m not going to let you off the hook,’ Kelly told Congress. ‘You’ve got to solve this problem.'”
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In response to all of this, “Kelly’s boss, President Donald Trump, told reporters aboard Air Force One this week that he doesn’t know what will happen with DACA.
‘It’s a decision that I make, and it’s a decision that’s very, very hard to make,’ Trump said.”
While it is clear is that while these covered under DACA arrived in the US as minor children, and thus could be considered innocents, the fact remains that they were brought to the country in violation of our laws.
The question becomes one of policy: Should those who arrived in this country as children and thus through no volition of their own, be permitted to stay or should they leave?
At this point, it looks like they will be subject to deportation.
Source: Fox News