The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions has announced that it will not contest a Texas-led lawsuit challenging DACA. While many in Texas will greet this decision with enthusiasm, it was needlessly drawn-out, owing its conclusion more to the leadership of the states than from the White House.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) was an executive program of the last administration. After saying over 20 separate times that he didn’t have the executive authority to suspend immigration law, President Obama then proceeded to do just that, superseding his mandate as the President by granting mass-amnesty to a specified group of illegal immigrants.
This particular overreach of the now former President has long been a lightning rod for conservative and Republican attacks, and candidate Trump was no stranger to unleashing his own rhetorical strikes on DACA. In an October 2016 campaign rally, Donald Trump said that he would “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants.” Those paying attention realize that President Trump, two years into his presidency, hasn’t remotely done anything as decisive as that.
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