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VB The Wise: On DACA​

Of DREAMers and Those Who Were Really Dreaming

Doug 'VB' Goudie
September 09, 2017 - 3:07 pm

  So let's make some sense of the week that was for DACA.  On Tuesday, POTUS Trump sent AG Jeff Sessions out to announce that DACA was over.  Sessions main arguing point in ending DACA was "Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch."  Less than 24 hours later, the very same POTUS Trump who had sent Sessions out to make that statement then tweeted "Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit the issue."  In other words, if Congress fails to pass a permanent DACA solution, as they failed to under Obama, Trump will then exercise the very same "unconstitutional authority of the Executive Branch" to fix the problem as Obama did!  One can only wonder what AG Sessions thought as he read Trump's tweet.

   But POTUS wasn't done there.  The next day he cut his famous deal with Chuck and Nancy (Schumer and Pelosi), and he signaled to his new BFFs that he was more than willing to go the amnesty route in regards to the 800,000 DREAMers that enrolled in DACA.  And then to put a cherry on top of this immediate about-face, he went back to twitter and wrote "For all those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!"   Remember of course, that just days before Trump's "no action" tweet, the White House, via Homeland Security, sent Congressional Republicans a letter advising DREAMers on how to prepare for self-deportation.  (DHS may want to consult with AG Sessions on how to cope with this presidential flip-flop.)

   Back to Sessions' original pronouncement ending DACA.  The Attorney General said on Tuesday "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 type of overreach."    ​The ultimate irony in all of this is that if Congress again fails to act and POTUS indeed does "revisit the issue", it will be Sessions himself who will be defending "this type of overreach."  

   And in case I'm coming across like a bitter Ann Coulter here, au contrare.  It is I, VBtheWise, who has long said on air that I am ok with DREAMers, and that I would use it as a bargaining chip.  And it looks like Trump is indeed doing just that, so I have no problem with the end here, it is instead the means that aren't justified.  For while I have been arguing pro-DREAMers on air all this time, callers to my show have been telling me that Trump plays chess while others play checkers.  Really?  Because in this case it was Trump's own Attorney General who got check-mated, and it was thine enemies Chuck and Nancy who flashed the grin of victory.   If that's chess, no wonder I don't play it.  And if you, like Ann Coulter, were one of those  Republicans who actually thought that Sessions' speech was going to be Trump's policy (for more than 24 hours); well, all I can say is DREAM on. 

More wisdom next week. 

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