RUSH: The latest so-called crisis in Washington centers around President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It was put in place, unconstitutionally, by Obama. It gave blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants who came here as children.
Candidate Trump campaigned on ending the program. But since his election, the establishment, Democrats and Republicans, have mounted a huge campaign to pressure Trump to break that promise.
Well, Tuesday Trump ended the program, but provided a six-month delay before it’s officially shuts down. That gives Congress plenty of time to pass legislation to give amnesty to the DACA kids, who are here illegally, if that’s what Congress decides, which is leading up to an election year.
The issue isn’t a legal one. This is purely emotion-driven. Every legal expert worth his salt agrees that Obama overstepped his authority when he granted amnesty via executive action. Immigration law, like all legislation, is supposed to be written by Congress. This is not a grey area. It’s spelled out in in the Constitution.
But when Obama ignored the Constitution on this, Republicans offered little push-back other than lip service.
So in the coming days we’ll see what the Republican Congress is made of. They could get rid of DACA, as promised, or they could grant amnesty, giving lip service to their promise. Like they did with their promise to repeal Obamacare. It just depends what the Chamber of Commerce wants.