A DACA Deport Solution

UPDATE: Lawsuit Dropped COLUMBIA – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson applauded President Trump’s announcement today (Sept. 5) to uphold the Constitution and give Congress time to decide how best to handle so-called “Dreamers,” children and teens who were brought into this country illegally by their parents. “This is a victory for the rule of law and the Constitution,” Wilson said. “The Constitution gives the power to pass laws to Congress, not the president. Now Congress can consider how best to address this issue.” President Trump announced that he’s rescinding DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—but is giving Congress six months to pass a legal solution. Attorney General Wilson was one of ten state attorneys general plus one state’s governor who were ready to go to court to challenge the constitutionality of the DACA executive order. With the president’s action, there is now no need for a lawsuit. With Attorney General Wilson’s participation, a federal Court of Appeals had already temporarily blocked Obama’s executive order on other immigration policies. “As attorney general I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, so I had a sworn duty to stand against this unconstitutional overreach by President Obama. It’s Congress’s job to pass laws and President Trump’s action puts this decision back where it belongs,” Wilson said. “I would not challenge any legislation Congress passes, as long as it’s consistent with the Constitution.”

EDITORIAL -- The worst thing President Trump can do is get rid of DACA.

He will be exposing thousands of children of immigrants to deportation. His executive orders already have ICE flying around the country rounding up Mexican “gang-bangers.” Now, after a 6-month delay, DACA will be no more - and ICE will turn its attention on college students and kindergartners.

It is difficult to believe that President Trump could be so afraid of a lawsuit. Nine Attorneys General say they are going to sue the President if DACA is not done away with.

NINE LAWYERS striking fear into the President’s heart - oooooh, scary stuff. These attorneys will be writing policy for the rest of the nation through their “use” of the court system. Chances are pretty good - unless they are Native American - somebody in their family at some time was an immigrant.

Too bad President Jackson didn’t order them rounded up.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says he will support President Trump’s action. Graham also has filed legislation to make DACA protections permanent.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is one of the gang of nine threatening to sue the President. He was the target of demonstrators at the Labor Day Parade in Chapin, but dismissed them as “out-of-towners.”

Graham was riding in the parade and he got a cheer from the demonstrators - and gave them a thumbs up.

President Trump’s decision to end DACA puts people like Clinton High School graduate and former cheerleader Eloise Santiago at risk of being deported. She is going to college, but because of her DACA status, she has to pay “out-of-state” tuition. Not sure what will happen to the business she runs or their homeplace in Cross Hill once ICE finds her.

Once the world’s great melting pot, the United States is becoming a nation of “us” and “them,” and the “us-es” are much less willing to share than they used to be. These young DACA-protected people are the future engineers and teachers and doctors who can keep old people like the rest of “us” living in the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed. Some of “them” take the jobs that some of “us” believe are too much below our status in life. And “us” are looking down on “them” - go figure.

The DACA-protected people - for now - are known as the “Dreamers” but, really, aren’t we all dreamers? Don’t we dream of a nation better than the one we inherited? Do we really feel that getting rid of all “them” will make that happen? What message are we sending the rest of the world by our “pull in the borders and put up the wall” actions.

Yes, ICE needs to find the criminals and send them back where they came from. We have enough home-grown criminals, thank you very much. But classifying a whole generation of young people as “undesirables” is not the way to do it. We are still “the dream,” the shining beacon of hope upon the hill - we need to start acting like it.

While hurricanes ravage Texas and Louisiana, and maybe even Florida and South Carolina, fires burn down Montana, earthquakes rattle Idaho, and Joel Osteen’s church is open and closed and open again, our President chose Sept. 5 to cede to the demand of nine Attorneys General who said they were going to sue him. It’s not really hard to understand - President Trump’s never been in court before and, everybody knows, court is a scary place. That’s why police give Teddy Bears to children who might some day have to go to court. Maybe that’s the DACA solution.

President Trump just needs a Teddy Bear.


(DACA Is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - 2012 President Obama executive order - program affecting nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants working and studying in the U.S.)




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