Sessions: DACA was an ‘unconstitutional exercise of authority’

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy would be rescinded. Since Obama signed his executive order five years ago, an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants have been spared deportation.

Sessions described Obama’s executive action as an “unconstitutional exercise of authority.” Indeed, members of Congress rejected on numerous occasions to grant the same type of benefits accorded by the Obama program to this section of the population.

“The executive branch through DACA deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize,” Sessions said.

The attorney general also highlighted that hundreds of thousands of American people had been deprived of a job because of the DACA program and that immigration policies should not penalize law abiding citizens.

“[…] immigration policies should serve the interests of the people of the United States – lawful immigrant and native-born alike,” he stressed.

He also emphasized that President Trump was fulfilling his promises when he decided to scrap the controversial program and that his decision reflected the opinion of a majority of Americans who had rejected Hillary Clinton and her open-border policies.


“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone that would like to come here. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that,” he said.

Sessions also quoted George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley who told the House Judiciary Committee that Obama’s 2012 program had made a mockery of the Constitution and that such behavior was actually detrimental to the rule of law.

“In ordering this blanket exception, President Obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with,” Turley told the Committee before adding that “If a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend key federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes little more than a pretense.”

The attorney general, who insisted that his role was to see to it that laws were enforced and that the Constitution was not violated, stressed that the rescission of DACA was in keeping with Mr. Trump’s desire to Make America Safe and Great Again and that the president’s ultimate goal was to “protect American workers, increase wages and salaries, defend the national security, ensure the public safety, and increase the general well-being of the American people.”

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