Guest editorial (Wheeling): On DACA, Trump abiding by the oath he took

Monday, 11 Sep, 2017

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children. Few people seem aware that he's ending an administrative amnesty for illegal aliens that President Barack Obama lacked the constitutional and legal authority to implement. That leaves it up to Congress to decide the next step for the nation's so-called Dreamers. "I think it's very bad", St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said Friday. "But, we would also certainly provide as much support to any of our students as we possibly could". Without proper codification from Congress, those people who have enrolled and have had their status deferred could now be considered illegal immigrants. "A residency would give them a way to abide by our laws and then whether or not they would eventually become citizens would be on their own merits", Russell added.

"We can not stand idly by while this administration needlessly and cruelly threatens the futures of more than 10,000 CT residents", he said. The Democrats who applauded Obama's action in 2012 should thus join with sympathetic Republicans to make the legislation happen.

Second, and most significant, we must talk about immigration reform.

Donald Trump was elected president the same night that we were first elected to serve as legislators, and we knew this would give new meaning to our first terms in office. Ending the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program won't boost US employment at a time when an aging workforce and a low jobless rate have left many employers struggling to find skilled workers. That's $1.2 billion that may disappear from our budgets if President Trump repeals this program.

The DACA QC Coalition is a "peaceful community coming together to support DACA recipients and the Dream Act", according to its Facebook page. DACA holders are law abiding residents who contribute to the USA society and economy. It's not at all clear.

As head of one of the country's largest community college systems for the past 23 years, Padron says the plight of undocumented college students is nothing new. Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, and Jeff Flake, as well as Reps.

Also on Friday, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution condemning the decision to end DACA and urging Congress to pass a legislative solution. They argue that Obama overstepped the constitutional authority of the presidency.

They believe the action would not survive court scrutiny. However, if Congress does not want this order in place, all they would have to do is wait. "Congress needs to act quickly", Nadella tweeted. But now it's up to Republicans to clean up that mess.