Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe reminded former President Barack Obama on Tuesday that during his time in office, he and the Democrats had ample opportunity to change the nation’s immigration laws, but since they did not, he should “please go away.”
Obama contended that since those covered by his executive order spent at least part of their formative years in the U.S., “These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”
But Boothe did not want to hear it.
“With all due respect to the former president, please go away. You had your chance,” she said on FNC’s Outnumbered.
She contended it was really Obama and the Democrats who have been playing politics with the immigration issue for years.
Boothe noted the Democrats held both houses of Congress (including a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate) when Obama took office, yet did nothing on immigration.
Boothe pointed out that Obama’s decision to proceed with DACA in June 2012, during the heat of his re-election campaign, shows that to him, the issue was a political one.
“The idea that all these protesters, the Democratic Party are using this, playing politics once again, trying to lay this at the feet of the Trump administration and Republicans is absolutely ridiculous,” she said.
DACA allows those who arrived to the United States before they turned 16 the ability to apply for renewable two-year deferments on deportation.
“This is a temporary stopgap measure,” Obama said in announcing the policy.
But Obama had previously claimed to recognize the limits of his executive authority.
“I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen,” he said in a 2010 Univision interview.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the DACA program would be winding down. As of that day, no new deferral applications will be accepted, though Dreamers currently in the program are able to apply for one more two-year deferment.
Appearing as a co-host on Outnumbered, GOPAC chairman David Avella said, “The least compassionate thing Republicans could have done was left the current system in place. A judge could have ruled today that this DACA program is out, and then DACA Dreamers, all have to go.”
But Democrat strategist Jessica Tarlov disagreed.
“I feel President Trump came to it from a position of weakness, actually. He didn’t know what to do, and he went back to immigration because that’s a rallying cry for his base because he’s not getting anything else done,” she said.
Boothe countered that Trump chose to act on Tuesday because several states were preparing to file a federal suit challenging the constitutionality of DACA.
“Many people believe it would meet the same fate that DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) did, which was struck down by a Texas appeals court and was kept by the Supreme Court by a 4-to-4 decision,” Boothe said.
She added it would make no sense for the Trump administration to defend a program in court it believes to be unconstitutional.
In a series of Tuesday tweets, Trump put the ball in Congress’ court regarding the legalization of DACA.
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
I look forward to working w/ D’s + R’s in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
“President Trump is doing what he needs to by law, and now this issue is where it should have always been, with Congress, because Congress has the authority to rewrite the laws, not the president of the United States,” Boothe said.
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source: Western Journalism