DACA drama belongs in Congress

September 10, 2017


From the moment Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up to the podium Tuesday to announce that the Trump administration was ending Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, the reaction on the left and majority of the major media was going to be anything but an objective reporting of the facts.

And they did not disappoint.

By the time the network news was airing and CNN and MSNBC were starting their evening lineup President Trump was the cruelest, most hateful human being to walk this Earth.

The overall sentiment was “How DARE he?!”  Cruel, heartless, inhumane, and outright evil were the words flying about with glee as media anchors, pundits, and politicians across the country raced to make sure history recorded them on the politically correct side of the ledger.

But what I found most revealing was a meme that developed that the “Dreamers”, as they’re called, had been betrayed by their government.  That they had trusted their government with all their personal information, they had done what had the government had asked, and now that government could use their very trust against them.

A meme dangerously ignorant of fact of what America is and what founded her.

First and foremost they hadn’t put their trust in “the government” they had put their faith in a man.  One man in particular.  One man and his pen.  A man that who for the first four years of his Presidency had not lifted a finger to help them, yet when facing re-election in the summer of 2012, chose to play King and issued the edict another man is now rescinding.

Ignoring the fact that time after time he had let flow from his very lips that he did not have the authority to do what he had just done.  That lawmaking was the purview of Congress not the Oval.

And true to form, Mr. Obama took to Facebook to excoriate Mr. Trump for daring to put the Constitution above political expediency when he wrapped up a diatribe of distraction with: “What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation.”

Obama’s implies that somehow it is Trump acting outside our ideals and not he himself who signed an unconstitutional order in the first place.  It’s the favorite tactic of the left.  Deflect from your own wrongdoing by attacking the person trying to correct it.

Yet in this instance, I agree with the former President Obama.  America IS “fidelity to a set of ideals”.  And the most important ideal of all is the ideal of the rule of law.

Again, all those “dreamers” did not put their trust in their government.  They put their trust in a man.  A man who signed an executive order that even some of the most liberal law professors and legal scholars acknowledge was unconstitutional.

And what one man does, another can erase.  That’s not America, that’s Venezuela, Cuba.  That’s banana republic “in favor – out of favor”, Castro and Madura dictatorship.

Yes, the “dreamers” are pawns in a pathetic game played by both political parties.  Yet it’s not the parties that made them pawns.  It’s their own parents.  From the moment their family broke the law to enter this country illegally, their fate was set.  Either live forever in the shadows or rely upon the benevolence of a second round of amnesty.

Personally, I favor benevolence.  A path to legal status should be allowed.  But allowed via Congress, the legislative process and codified law.  Anything else is a betrayal to the very “most cherished values” Mr. Obama claims to care about.

Because in the end, what country are we giving the “dreamers” if we ignore the rule of law?

If the Dreamers truly want to be Americans, then it is on the steps of Congress where they need to be. That is where the responsibility lies. That is where the debate belongs.  And that is the only way to ensure that the America they pass on to their children is an America deserving of their citizenship.

Publisher note:  A version of this column first appeared in the September 10, 2017 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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