I have written a lot of rather supportive articles lately about president Trump. I decided going in that I would praise him when it was warranted and criticize him when needed.
It’s only been a few days, and so far, he’s done more good than not. Yet, I refuse to be one of Trump’s pom-pom boys (H/T Mark Levin) that cheer every word he utters.
This is one of those times when I feel I must, as others have, question the President.
One of the major issues – perhaps the major issue, and the one that put Trump on the map – was and is illegal immigration: specifically, building the wall and deportations.
It was my hope and understanding – and I’m certainly not the only one – that one of the very first issues Trump would address was immigration. Yet, in a flurry of very positive Executive Orders, I didn’t see a single one pertaining to Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order. I personally was looking for the President to end the program on day one.
Some will undoubtedly say, “Well, he can’t do everything in his first few days.” True enough, but one would think this would be one of the first. Some might then say that the wall is most important – that if your boat is leaking and at the same time you discovered the leak, you also found stowaways, would you not fix the leak first, then worry about the stowaways? Yep, if these were just stowaways. But DACA “children” just happen to be stowaways, which, left unchecked, will soon become part of the crew – like it or not.
Two nights ago, Mark Levin interviewed Mark Krikorian, the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and author of an article entitled, “Is Trump Going to Cancel DACA or Not?”
Levin asked him why Trump had not yet issued an Order putting a stop to DACA. Krikorian answered: “Was this just a screw up – it could be that it’s just stuck in somebody’s inbox – but – it doesn’t look that way.” You are correct, Mr. Krikorian. It doesn’t look that way.
This past Sunday, Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News that, “I think we’re going to work with the House and Senate leadership, as well as to get a long-term solution on that issue.” You mean the same leadership that didn’t lift a finger to stop Obama in the first place? That leadership?
According to Politico, the most recent public statistics from the third quarter of last year state that, “an average of about 140 initial applications and 690 renewals were approved each calendar day.” And you can bet your bottom dollar that the numbers have drastically increased since then. That’s 5,810 (at least) for each week he waits.
Krikorian said: “What I did not expect was for Trump to break an explicit promise regarding his headline issue on the administration’s first business day in office.” He is referring to the promise Trump made in August, during his Phoenix Immigration speech.
Trump said that, “We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants.”
Although DACA was the only one that went into effect, the two he was referring to were/are “DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – for illegals who came as kids, often called ‘DREAMers’) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents).”
Then just yesterday, Breitbart posted a piece quoting Trump on the DREAMers. Trump said in an interview with ABC News that, “We’ll be coming out with policy on that over the next period of four weeks.” He then added that, “They are here illegally. They shouldn’t be very worried. I do have a big heart. We’re going to take care of everybody. Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried.”
Huh? First, they are still here illegally, regardless of how they arrived. Second – how does he or anyone know that “they are great people that have done a great job?” And third – they are here illegally!
Enough with the exceptions! They have to go. Trump said it all during the campaign and people believed him. Even if he does handle it in four weeks, that’s almost 24,000 illegals which now have effective legal status.
Is the President now agreeing with Obama that it’s okay to defy “federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants?” Sure sounds like it.
Trump has done great in his first few days, but I don’t agree with this at all! Not when he could have put a halt to it with the stroke of a pen.