Congress Can’t Ignore DACA
The influx of unaccompanied minors along the southwest border, mostly entering from Central America, is in large part the result of the Obama Administration’s selective enforcement of immigration law. If congressional action is to be more than a face-saving political gesture, it must address the President’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“DACA must go,” explains the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano:
“The president’s 2012 policy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, regardless of the Oval Office’s intent, sets a precedent that encourages further unlawful migration, particularly among minors. It leaves those in the program mired in uncertainty as to their future status. It resolves nothing, encourages the problem to grow and is a detriment to establishing fair, consistent and sustainable immigration policy. Dumping DACA, on the other hand, would send a strong and unequivocal signal there is no advantage in rushing to the U.S. to shortcut the line and receive legal authorization to remain here.”
Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham called the President’s supplement spending request “a non-starter because it seeks to address the symptoms, not the cause.” Needham also urged Congress to act “through the regular appropriations process where priorities can be re-ordered and spending can occur within the established budget caps.”
Heritage’s David Inserra explains DACA can be addressed in precisely that manner:
“Through the normal and currently ongoing appropriations process, Congress should end DHS’s ability to carry out the DACA program. Such action would stop one of the elements that are driving the current surge of unlawful immigrants.”
While various members and working groups continue deliberations, they must all remember DACA is the root of the problem and it is unsustainable to leave it in place.