After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the Trump administration will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and allow Congress six months to replace DACA in Congress, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., issued a statement expressing his support for the decision.
“However well-intentioned, President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air,” Ryan said. “Just as the courts have already struck down similar Obama policy, this was never a viable long-term solution to this challenge.”
My statement on the Trump administration’s announcement on DACA → https://t.co/jtODbY0reL
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 5, 2017
Obama signed DACA, a program protecting roughly 800,000 children, into law in June 2012 via an executive order.
But many criticized Obama for the program, saying it was unconstitutional because it bypassed Congress.
Ryan said the three branches of government make it clear that the legislative branch is responsible for writing laws, not the executive branch.
“Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches,” Ryan said.
But he emphasized that there is still much work to be done.
“But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act,” Ryan said. “The president’s announcement does not revoke permits immediately, and it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out.”
Ryan said young people that came to the United States illegally with their parents shouldn’t be punished, noting that many of them have lived in the U.S. their entire life.
“At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them it’s the only country they know.” Ryan said. “Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years.”
Ryan ended by saying he hoped Congress and the Trump administration would soon be able to agree on a permanent solution.
“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,” said.
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source: Western Journalism