How do we process the current situation in our government concerning DACA?
On Friday the Senate was unable to reach an agreement on DACA. The DACA issue was an unrelated attachment to efforts to pass a budget to provide funds to keep the government operating. Failure to approve Democratic demands led to failure to pass a budget bill leading to a government shutdown
What is DACA? The short explanation is as follows” The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals—referred to as Dreamers after the DREAM Act bill—were enrolled in the program created by DACA.
Efforts to pass legislation that would in effect make the bill legal passed the House in 2012, but did not get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate. This had been an ongoing issue since 2007.
In 2011 President Obama made the following statement “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” In March 2011, he said that with “respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.” In May 2011, he acknowledged that he couldn’t “just bypass Congress and change the (immigration) law myself. … That’s not how a democracy works.” Yet in 2012, he did it anyway. He put DACA in place to provide pseudo-legal status to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors, including teenagers.
While the pundits are quick to find fault with Republicans opposisition of immigration reform as proposed by the Democrats, they refuse to acknowledge a political party that uses these children for political gain. Evidenced by their support of President Obama when he circumvented the legislative process by exercising an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch”, in 2012. It appears little thought was given to what the repercussions might be. This unconstitutional decision led to a flood of unaccompanied minor children entering the country in 2014 with catastrophic consequences. Many of these children who were female, became victims of human trafficking, sex trafficking, rape and violence.
There are two things that in my opinion must be recognized to properly address this issue.
One-It is the responsibility of the legislative body to enact legislation not obstruct the government for political capital. Obstructing the government for political advantage is wrong if not legally but in principal.
Congress do your job.
Find a way to provide legal residence for those already here and a fair, equitable, legal way to deal with it in the future.
President Trump in rescinding the Obama policy In 2017 left it to Congress to write and pass legislation by March. Instead of employing political strong arm tactics, find a way to reach across both aisles to provide legal residence for those already here and again,a fair, equitable and legal way to deal with it in the future.
Two- As followers of Christ we are commanded to look after widows and orphans. (James 1:27) Our obligation in these matters is not to a political view, but to show compassion to those who through no fault if their own find themselves here illegally or due to circumstances beyond their control. When the influx of young children and teenagers began in 2014 many ended up on the street or taken in by gangs. It is shameful and I believe based on Mark 12:31, sin, if it is in our power to help and we stand by and do nothing.
Our nation is a nation of laws which are necessary for peaceful existence. It was also founded on the principle of by the people and for the people not a select few. If change is needed let it be done both legally and compassionately.