Congressional Republicans are a mystery. P.J. O’Rourke said it best:
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
Barack Obama single handedly dismantled the democrat party, losing more than 1,000 seats during his tenure. The GOP now controls the House, Senate and the White House but you’d never know it. They act like beaten dogs. They cower before democrats. They are afraid of their own shadows. And good golly are they ignorant. I don’t think anyone has looked more like an idiot over the last month than Paul Ryan. If you’ve followed this blog you know how we’ve gone after the antifa for being the anarchist Communist-inspired anti-American hooligans they are. Paul Ryan, along with Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney, declined to condemn them and their violence. The FBI and DHS knew about them as far back as April of 2016.
Ryan’s duplicity doesn’t end there. back in 2014, he was fierce in his condemnation of obama enacting DACA via Executive Order, calling it “blatantly unconstitutional“:
“First of all, it’s unconstitutional so we’re already going through the court system on other unconstitutional executive orders that [Obama] has worked on and we would add this to the pile,” Ryan said at the time.
“If he were to do that, by the way, he would put millions of people in legal limbo, poison the well for Congress, and do something that’s so blatantly unconstitutional so we’re telling the administration don’t even think about doing this,” he asserted.
“If you want to change a law, then go to Congress,” Ryan said. “You can’t unilaterally write a law as the executive.”
No, you can’t. Unless your name is Barack Obama.
DACA was an extra-constitutional exercise- obama was writing and implementing law. Jeff Sessions:
“Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch,” Sessions said about Obama’s executive action.
“Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach,” Sessions added.
Sessions discussed further problems with the program, linking it to an increase in minors who came over the border during Obama’s second term, and to shrinking job prospects for native-born Americans.
“The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences,” Sessions said. “It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens jobs.”
DACA was designed to be temporary. It wasn’t supposed to last forever and it is not law- it is policy.
Yet today Paul Ryan is singing a different tune. Now he doesn’t want DACA rescinded by Trump:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday he doesn’t think President Trump should end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” Ryan told WCLO Janesville.
Ryan added that he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama had the legal authority to institute DACA, but it’s up to Congress to fix the situation.
“President Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did,” said Ryan. “You can’t, as an executive, write law out of thin air.”
Did you catch that? obama did not have legislative authority to enact DACA as an EO but Ryan doesn’t want Trump to nullify Obama’s EO via his own EO. And there is a reason for that tortured thought. Why would Ryan want to have stand a policy written out of think air?
Because Ryan doesn’t want to have to deal with it.
Should it be Congress’ job? You bet. Ryan has had literally years to fix it and has demurred. There is no reason to think he ever would address it. And it is that which makes Trump’s plan so deviously clever. Trump has decided to end the DACA program, but it will be phased out over six months. That put Ryan’s (and McConnell’s) feet to the fire. The GOP is now forced to act. It is forced to do only what Ryan said the job of Congress is to do.
Fix the situation.
In case you wondered, here are four illegalities of DACA:
DACA expressly violated federal statutes which require the initiation of removal proceedings.
DACA violated the constitutional obligation of the executive to Take Care That The Laws Are Faithfully Executed.
DACA conferred amnesty and federal benefits under the false pretense of “Prosecutorial Discretion.”
DACA conferred a benefit without promulgating a rule.
And there’s something else you should know about DACA- it’s not about children:
CNN and MSNBC are repeating the false claim that DACA recipients are “children” or “kids,” while actually most are adults.
While DACA recipients were illegally brought to the United States by their parents when they were children, the minimum age to apply for the program is 15 years old. In fact, the majority of the applicants were over the age of 20 based on 2014 data from the US government. Some have estimated that the average age of dreamers is 25 or 26 years old–hardly children.
But those watching CNN and MSNBC might be under the impression that the DACA debate centers on young kids.
Also- from John Nolte:
DACA Recipients Are Not the Children
DACA is eligible only to those aged 15-32.
Read the rest of his very good article.
There is also a tragic side to DACA. These aren’t all little angels:
“Dreamers” have also allegedly been behind multiple instances of gruesome crime in recent years. Salvador Diaz-Garcia, 23, allegedly raped a 19-year old woman in a Seattle apartment complex’s gym and left her with missing teeth. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that a 12-year old girl in the same apartment complex said that Diaz-Garcia had been starring at her while she was at the pool.
Then there is the case of Oliver Funes-Machado, 18, who was charged in March with beheading his own mother. Funes-Machado was living with DACA status in North Carolina at the time and was originally from Honduras.
Another case of Dreamer violence in North Carolina was highlighted by Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley in 2015. Emmanual Jesus Rangel-Hernandez received DACA status after being placed in deportation proceedings following drug charges. USCIS admitted that they gave Rangel-Hernandez DACA status even though they knew about his gang membership. Rangel-Hernandez later would be charged with four counts of murder.
I get the feeling that Dianne Feinstein is coming close to retiring. First she asked that people be patient with Donald Trump, and that was met with scorn and derision. Then she agrees that DACA is on “shaky legal ground.”
It is and Donald Trump is right to end it.Allowing Presidents to write laws out of thin air and letting them stand is a dangerous precedent. Best of all, this action will light a fire under the asses of Paul Ryan and the rest of the Republican Congress and perhaps compel them to actually do something for their salaries. They’ve forgotten what got Trump elected, but in 2018 they could well learn the price of laxity.