When President Donald Trump announced the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today was supposed to be its deadline. Congress had until today to come up with something to replace it.
DACA isn’t a law. It was something put in place by then President Barack Obama with an executive action. He bypassed Congress entirely when he put DACA in place.
Today, March 5th was supposed to be the day DACA recipients could not renew expiring two-year permits. The courts stepped in and called Trump’s justification for ending the program questionable. Because of this, they did away with the March 5th deadline. Federal judges ordered the Department of Homeland Security to continue renewing all existing DACA permits.
The Trump administration tried to get the Supreme Court to hear the case, but they refused to take the matter up. Instead, they said it should continue to work its way through the lower courts.
My thoughts on DACA are mixed. I feel sorry for people living here illegally who were brought here as children. As children, I believe they did nothing wrong. The wrongdoers were the people who brought them here. Those are the people who should be punished.
I also don’t like how the current system doesn’t offer a pathway to citizenship. I believe anyone coming to the United States should have the goal of being a citizen. If you are coming to the United States for the purpose of making money to send back to your family in your home country, then I don’t want you in my country. The money you earn in this country should benefit the economy of this country.
What I find ironic about this non-deadline is how once again the courts have stopped Donald Trump from doing what he wanted to do. It’s kind of hard living up to the reputation of being the worst president in American history when the courts stop you at each and ever turn from enacting your agenda.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like Donald Trump. I did not vote for Donald Trump. I very much did not want him to be my president. With that said, my life is really no worse than it was before he took office. I attribute that to his ineptitude. He’s so terrible at being president, he cannot get anything done even though his party controls both houses of Congress.
Maybe that’s the secret when voting for a president. Instead of picking the person you think will do the best job, pick the person you think will do the worst job. If they’re bad enough, the courts and their own party will stop them from doing anything.