Obama, Not Trump Created the DACA Mess

Read Bill's Letter to the Editor, published in today's Wall Street Journal in response to their Editorial "The Dreamer Debacle" (Sept. 6):

As the former General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, I challenge any serious lawyer to argue that President Obama’s actions weren’t wholly unconstitutional, something President Obama admitted himself.

President Trump is actually cleaning up his predecessor’s feel-good extralegal mess, and in the process is taking the flak that President Obama avoided because he couldn’t get the Dream Act through Congress. Having failed at that effort, he used executive power he acknowledged he didn’t have to give desperate people the false hope they would eventually have a pathway to permanence in the U.S.

If you’re really concerned about the interests of the Dreamers, then please stop all the hand-wringing about how bad President Trump is. The irony is that he is the only one truly acting for the benefit of the Dreamers, by forcing Congress to do its job and leaving its members no place to hide.

The only reason members are carping is because they know they will now have to go on the record by voting, and in the end will also have to give something to President Trump (the border wall, the Raise Act or perhaps both) to get these 800,000-plus people relief.

If anyone was cruel here, it was President Obama who gave hope to people knowing he lacked the legal authority to do so.

Stop engaging in tiresome bashing of President Trump for having the courage to force Congress to finally resolve the issue.

William Cook

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-not-trump-created-the-daca-mess-1505231370

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