House Speaker Paul Ryan does not want President Trump to end former President Obama’s end run around U.S. immigration laws regarding children that were brought into the country illegally.
After denying he had the authority to change immigration laws through executive action, Obama allowed children of illegal aliens a special exemption called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Trump campaigned on ending DACA and after the election, his views softened, however, legal challenges to DACA is forcing him to address the issue.
Here is the description of DACA from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.
The Washinton Post reports:
Ryan said in a radio interview that it was up to Congress to determine the fate of the immigrants enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers two-year work permits to those who have been in the country illegally since they were children, a group known as “dreamers.”
Asked if Trump should follow through on campaign pledges to end DACA, Ryan told WCLO in his hometown of Janesville, Wis.: “I actually don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
Trump is mulling DACA’s future ahead of a deadline set for Tuesday from Texas and nine other states to file a lawsuit against the program unless the president rescinds it. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon that a decision could come later in the day or over the weekend. “We love the dreamers,” Trump said. “We think the dreamers are terrific.”
Ryan is not the only Republican supporting the so-called “Dreamers” and Obama’s policy.
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are supporting dreamers with the latter Senator writing legislation to provide a path to citizenship.
Fox News host blasted Republicans such as Tillis that campaigned against giving amnesty to illegal aliens only to reverse their stance after being elected.
Carlson specifically called out Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) for drafting amnesty legislation he himself calls a “conservative alternative” to DACA, which reportedly would give 2.5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship.
“We’re supposed to believe that this is the ‘conservative’ position, but the only thing it conserves is President Obama’s policy priorities,” Carlson said.
He then slammed Tillis for previously campaigning against amnesty and saying the border had to be secure before any immigration reform took place. According to Carlson, he “didn’t mean any of that.”
DACA is another controversial issue that Obama passed on to the Trump administration that must be addressed in Congress.
Unfortunately, it looks like the establishment Republicans want to rescue illegal aliens while forgetting about the forgotten men and women that made them the majority party.