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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Americans expect more than fumbled fair catch of Trump’s DACA punt

Perhaps it’s fitting that today marks the start of the 2017 NFL season because President Donald Trump executed a textbook football move the other day when he “punted” the contentious immigration issue back to Congress where it constitutionally belongs.

Of course the media painted Trump’s decision to rescind Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program as the unmerited undertaking of a heartless and promise-breaking tyrant, but if reasonable people actually stopped long enough to grasp what the president did they would recognize that not only was no DACAone forced to “self-deport” immediately but Trump’s order also provided Congress with a little push to finally get going on devising a permanent resolution to the immigration predicament.

Nolan D. McCaskill of Politico reported on Tuesday, “President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his administration will end an Obama-era program that offers some protection to thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. But he will give lawmakers six months to act first, effectively punting the fate of so-called Dreamers into the hands of Congress.

“It’s not clear whether Republican lawmakers, who have struggled for years to agree on an immigration reform package and who face a series of other high-stakes deadlines this fall, will be able to score a legislative solution by March.

“And Trump appears to have dramatically upped the stakes, with the White House saying Congress needs to pass sweeping, ‘responsible immigration reform’ that not only addresses former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but also improves the green card system and establishes a merit-based immigration system.”

Wow. Trump accomplished all that just by saying he’s cancelling Obama’s DACA in half a year? That’s all it took?

If you listen closely you might detect the low frequency murmuring sound of the sweat dripping down the brows of Republican congressional leaders right about now. In acting on DACA President Trump not only ripped open the wounds from the last major immigration “reform” fight in 2013 he’s also poured salt on the scabs by actually demanding the pontificating politicians finish something with gulp, a deadline…in an election year no less.

One way or another, people just want to know…what’s the law that will be enforced?

If liberals are really all that distressed over Trump’s DACA announcement they need to call their congressman and senators to complain. If the folks in Congress are similarly upset that the president laid yet another potentially explosive issue in their laps to resolve, they have no one else to blame but themselves.

Both parties share culpability in getting to where we are today on immigration. Democrats shied away from the subject in Obama’s earliest days in office when their party enjoyed sizable majorities in both houses of Congress. If Democrats really cared about it, they could have shoved through a bill and there was a president waiting with a pen to sign it at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue; but they didn’t because they figured they’d get killed at the ballot box (of course they did anyway because of Obamacare).

Likewise Republicans have had years and numerous opportunities to come up with a fix of their own and, for lack of a better way to put it, “punted” the matter for future Congresses to deal with.

All Trump did was move the matter to the legislative fast-track. All in all, it was a brilliant step.

It’s also hardly a coincidence that Congress will need to legislate something by early spring, just in time for lawmakers to register plenty of votes prior to the summer party primary season. The ruling class congressmen and senators who’ve ducked behind the cover of “show votes” and stalling tactics won’t be able to disguise themselves this time. They’re exposed for all to see.

And instead of Trump shielding them by issuing executive orders – or worse, unilaterally extending DACA – he’s brought the Constitution back into play simply by keeping another campaign promise to let Congress decide on who stays and who goes.

Tuesday’s news was so earth-shattering it even brought Obama out of his depressed seclusion to comment on it. Kevin Liptak of CNN reported, “Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor's decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move ‘cruel’ and ‘self-defeating.’

“’To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong,’ Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ‘It is self-defeating -- because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.’...

“’It's a political decision, and a moral question,’ Obama wrote. ‘Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.’”

Obama cares about the young? Tell that to the millions of aborted babies every year.

Good ‘ol “Uncle Joe” Biden also chimed in via Twitter echoing his former boss in calling Trump’s six month-long “punt” to Congress “cruel.” The duo’s DACA talking points were no doubt agreed upon months ago, maybe even on the steps of the Capitol as the ousted Democrats awaited their escorts to sail away into the sunset on Trump’s inauguration day.

Reading their statements caused a flashback (more like a nightmare) to a time when Obama and Biden were dishing out daily dribble on all aspects of American policy. It made me even gladder Donald J. Trump and Jeff Sessions are calling the shots now. Obama’s commenting on Trump’s administration can only be a good thing for the latter’s approval ratings.

But in further delving into Obama’s comments, is he correct that these “dreamers” haven’t done anything wrong and they’re only here to “staff our labs,” carry rifles for Uncle Sam and contribute to the country like any native born kid from Tuscaloosa would do?

Or in reality were they educated at the taxpayers’ expense, provided basically free healthcare, welfare subsidies (to their parents), food stamps, federal housing assistance and protected by laws that prevented law enforcement from mentioning anything about or looking into their legal status?

There is certainly a hefty load of compassion from Democrats and a good lot of establishment Republicans for all of the “DREAMERS” affected by this decision, but what about the people who have been negatively impacted for decades by illegal immigrants coming to this country taking jobs, consuming resources and depressing the cost of labor?

Who speaks for them? These are the folks who pay the taxes to support the governments to make policies they don’t agree with. How many public schools have been overrun by illegal immigrant children who don’t speak English, need to be transported and fed and in some cases bring communicable disorders with them?

Are these the ones Obama was talking about?

There’s little doubt a lot of people have benefitted from the cheap labor illegal immigrants bring – but their undocumented children are essentially takers, not producers. They may indeed have “dreams” but so do the kids whose parents came here legally and endured the sometimes arduous application process to gain legal status. Is it fair to these new Americans that a class of people skirted the law and will get the prize without paying for admission?

It’s something Congress will have to decide. As the majority party, Republicans will receive the lion’s share of the pressure to come through. Seung Min Kim and Rachel Bade of Politico reported, “A growing number of Republicans have urged Trump not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — with some lashing out against the president in harsh terms — while other GOP lawmakers have indicated he is not ending the five-year-old initiative quickly enough.

“Meanwhile, some Republicans such as conservative Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas are openly floating trade-offs to protect DACA recipients, even as Democrats insist that Dreamers aren’t bargaining chips for tougher immigration restrictions. In the House, senior Republicans still believe there’s a possible deal to be struck with Democrats: codifying DACA in return for Trump’s sought-after border wall.”

In case some might feel sympathy for Republicans in this whole DACA dilemma, it should be pointed out that GOP leaders continued to fund Obama’s unconstitutional executive-created program along with Obamacare and every other bit of feel good big government largesse the Democrats managed to force down Americans’ throats over the years.

It only makes sense that should Republicans bow to the will of the Democrats and all of the scaremongers that they’ll suffer politically. The base merely asks for immigration policy to be set by Congress and enforced by the executive. One way to perhaps move the needle is to grant to those affected some sort of permission to stay but permanently bar citizenship for everyone who came here illegally. If they want citizenship, they’d have to go through the process. Fair enough?

Democrats signaled that they’re not willing to compromise in the slightest on the issue, claiming they’re not going to bargain with people’s lives. But the longer the immigration matter goes unsettled the more lives will be effected -- and perhaps even wrecked.

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