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Sarah Huckabee Sanders-This is something
that needs to be fixed legislatively
by Nathan'ette Burdine: September 10, 2017

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is something that Congress, not President Donald Trump, needs to fix.

Huckabee Sanders said, “This is something that needs to be fixed legislatively… Congress makes the laws, not the president.”

Unfortunately for everybody, Congress hasn’t showed any willingness to fix the immigration system.

In fact, trying to get Congress to do anything with immigration is harder than herding cats.

Y’all remember back in the summer of 2007 when George W. Bush (W) was president and asked his Republican brethren to lift a leg and help straighten out the immigration system?

And the Republicans were like, “Naw, we don’t want to get into that.” Welp, the Republicans’ inaction caused W to say this, “Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people and Congress’ failure to act on it is a disappointment."

”A disappointment” it is because leaving the immigration issue un-resolved has placed a burden on future administrations, the courts, and Congress.

Like W, Barack Obama thought he could get Congress to do by appealing to their more rational, human side.

Things were looking good at first. A bi-partisan group of Senators got together and formed the Gang of 8 in order to tackle the immigration issue.

The Gang of 8 managed to get 14 Republicans on board to pass the bill in the Senate but…then…the House.

After admitting to himself that Republicans are why Congress isn’t going to do anything but keep their chairs warm when it came time to doing anything with immigration, Obama decided that it would be best to just do on his own.

So, he huddled with his crew and issued an Executive Order, creating DACA.

Now, fast forward four-years later and President Donald Trump is faced with the same problem that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were faced with.

It’s just that Trump is getting little sympathy for his decision to place the responsibility on Congress to fix the immigration system because he has moved back ‘n’ forth between his “love” for the DACA folks to his “wanting” to keep his base’s support.

Trump, of course, says all of the hate over immigration coming his way is a bunch of bull.

And at the end of the day, it’s Congress’ job to fix the immigration system. And he’s right. Congress is the legislative body, and the president comes under the executive branch.

Therefore, there has to be a maintaining of the separation of powers between Congress and the Executive Branch because if it isn’t then the lines get blurred and stuff goes wrong.

Besides, the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the Obama Administration’s appeal from an appellate court’s ruling against the administration, concerning Obama’s Executive Order allowing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants to continue working in the U.S. has put future administrations in a hole whereby they can’t do anything but wait for Congress to act.

So although it was wrong for Trump to tell 800,000 young folks that they have between 0 to 6 months to pack their duds and go to a country that is not their home, it isn’t wrong for Trump to tell Congress to do what is clearly their job; which is to fix the broken immigration system.

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