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Obama’s statement on DACA is heavy on the heart strings, light on facts

Obama’s statement on DACA is heavy on the heart strings, light on facts

Calls Trump administration’s DACA wind-down “cruel”

Former President Obama descended from his ivory tower Tuesday to criticize the Trump administration’s changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.

Earlier Tuesday, Attorney General Sessions announced the administration would begin winding down the program, kicking the can to Congress to act.

President Obama called the decision to roll back DACA “cruel” and a “moral question” though it’s neither. Obama created several arguments no one looking at this issue through a constitutional or logical lens is making: that kicking an issue that ought to have always been one for the legislature is one of decency, and about who we are as a nation.

Defending his use of executive action to create the DACA program in 2012, Obama cited prosecutorial discretion, which as Professor Jacobson points out is a load of BS, “he didn’t just decide not to prosecute (deport) them, he gave them a new legal status he invented and which appears nowhere in legislation.”

DACA went far beyond prosecutorial discretion, which is why it drew not only the ire, but the legal action of numerous states whose complaints helped scale back the program Obama intended. Anyone remember DAPA?

“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love,” wrote Obama, failing to recognize MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest), a program run by the DoD which provides a shortcut to citizenship for foreign nationals serving in the U.S. military. MAVNI is currently under review, but still active as far as we can tell.

Obama’s full statement here:

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.

But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?

Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.

It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.

Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

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It’s pitch-perfect Obama. Never mind the law, or anything else in reality. Think of the chil-rens…

Oh, and the principles that “make us Americans”.

Forgetabbut all that legal mumbo-jumbo an’ stuff. Because…. fairness…

Barack Obama is such a FRAUD! He cares about precisely TWO things, power and money. Play the race card to get votes, and, thus, power, which then begets MONEY. Hard to know which he values more, the money or the power. Obama and the Clintons- peas in a pod.

Barack Obama: let me be clear, I will unleash thousands of violent black bloc militia thugs on America if Trump persists in repealing my unconstitutional executive proclamations.

buckeyeminuteman | September 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Obama always talks about “playing by the rules.” He’s mentioned it about taxes, about health insurance, about immigration, yada yada yada. But the majority of the things he peddled on America were set up so that certain Democrat-favored people didn’t have to play by the rules, himself included.

    4th armored div in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | September 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    i could just hear the violin or is that violence ?

    the rules he talks of are HIS rules.

    i came to the USA as a 2 year old, child of Holocaust survivors.

    my parents took night school classes to learn english – no esl.

    they had to prove that they spoke and understood english before being ble to get citizenship.

    yhey both worked 2 jobs to be able to make it.

    i don’t need to hear from BHO about line jumpers who are NOT ccoming due to fear of their lives…..

Time to melt the phones, again. Time to scrape the Obama legacy off our shoes

Hey Poser, don’t care one iota about what you think!

Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.

Paper is important. Things like, you know, birth certificates. And licenses. I like my physicians to be licensed. The fact that a guy “always wanted to be a doctor” really isn’t enough when I’m knocked out and he’s poking around my viscera with power tools. And pieces of paper with numbers and pictures of presidents. Hard to get along without money; and not something you print out on your computer. Wishful thinking and big plans aren’t a substitute. No paper, no deal.

Gotta love it when Obama says

Let’s be clear

That’s one of his “tells”—it means he’s about to deliver a line even he realizes is a total howler.

And I suppose somebody has to say it, so here it is …

It’s about who we are as a people

I personally do not want to be anything that Obama defines as “who we are”. And hey, screw him—I was here first. You want to change “who we are”, take a number and get in line with all the other choomer deadheads.

DACA was a cruel program. It gave false hope to people who have no legal status here.

    Ragspierre in reply to Sanddog. | September 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    It’s still an open question as to how many little brown children Barracula killed during his term in office?

    How many were made sex slaves?

    How many were turned to crime to survive?

    The truth would be terrible to fully contemplate.

Obama again? I thought 8 years of listening to that smarmy red liberal bastard was enough!

The guy needs to fuck off.

Remember the jackass’s idea for his brownshirts? —

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

What a sick basta-rd.

“The federal government has a responsibility to defend and secure our borders, but we must do so in a way that upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. I will be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to devise and pass comprehensive immigration reform, which will include the DREAM Act.”
—John McAnus

So, T-rump rebuilt the Gang Of Eight and slapped on a supercharger.


    Trump has nothing to so with the gang of eight. He simply followed the law and put the decisions were they belong. Your buddy McCain and anyone else in that “conservative” party is free to act within the law. The problem for you faux conservative prog enablers is Trump is doing the conservative things you said he wouldn’t, and it is the “conservative” republican party that is trying to thwart a conservative agenda.

    Obama care. Still there.

Obama seems incapable of offering an actual argument for anything. Dialectic, maieutics, hyperbolic doubt … these seem to be far beyond him. All he can offer are strings of fantasies, non sequiturs, syllogistic fallacies … what an ultramaroon.

We were gawddam lucky that in eight years he didn’t do anything really stupid.

“They often have no idea they’re undocumented . . .”

Huh? That their parents lied to them for years is now our problem?

Early in Obama’s nascent political career he was interviewed by a radio host on a local Chicago station (it may have been WMAQ). What this Adjunct Professor, i.e., part-time lecturer, of Constitutional Law said gave me an insight into his state of mind, which which has been reinforced by his later actions as President.

He said of the Constitution as being fundamentally flawed document in that it guarantees “negative rights” which he defined as those actions the government cannot take against the people. He expressed his belief in a constitution that grants “positive rights” which he defined as those rights the government government gives the people. The conceptual difference is, the premise as stated in the Declaration of Independence that the Creator or nature’s God endows upon the people fundamental inviolate rights which no government, man or king can take from the people(Obama’s negative rights), as opposes to the premise of the Magna Carta in which all rights were endowed upon by the King upon his subjects(Obama’s positive rights). What Obama calls a positive right, DACA being a prime example granted by fiat is readily taken by fiat. Try as many have, no one can take our thoughts or words from us. If the King says you have a free speech, just don’t start spray painting The King is a Fink upon the castle walls lest you don’t mind being strung up by wrist irons in the castle dungeon. But say whatever you want about Trump, Obama or any politician, you may end up in heated argument with those of opposing viewpoint, but not in jail.

I will take those misnamed negative rights, without hesitation, over those so called positive rights every time.

    tom swift in reply to MadisonS. | September 6, 2017 at 1:54 am

    “Positive rights” include things the government owes the citizen. The wishlist can include the right to employment, shelter, a minimum income, health care, etc. It’s a formula for a government which must grow in size and power in order to provide these things to a growing population; the antithesis of a government of limited and enumerated powers. In fact, it’s a formula for outright socialism. And socialism implies control; there’s no other way it can work, even theoretically.

    “Negative rights” are about things the government can’t do to the citizen, at least not without going through various restraining processes. That is, a government of limited powers, and one which need not grow to unlimited size in order to do its intended job. The colonial-era concept of “liberty” is liberty from the government.

    It’s no surprise that Obama’s ideas were (and are) so profoundly un-American. He himself was aware of this; otherwise he wouldn’t have felt any need (or desire) for “fundamentally transforming the Unted States.”

OBozo and the demoCraps want OUR nation to be a dumping ground for everyone across the world,,, all at the expense of the hard working Americans. Vote them all out of public office.

JusticeDelivered | September 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

Historically, much immigration actually improved America’s gene pool, but that is not the case when we allow relatively dull witted, highly reproductive people who are not the best and brightest.

DACA supporters need to stop denying and defending the diverse causes of mass emigration from second and third-world nations, including Obama’s trail of tears, leverage for “reformed” and “progressive” social institutions, Democratic gerrymandered districts, welfare industry profits, and globalist special interests. The anti-nativists need to be exposed for forcing a progressive financial burden on American taxpayers, replacing Americans and depressing wages, increasing the cost of health care, and reducing the quality of education and services available to American children.

Oshitbag is heavy on bullshit and light on facts. Ever notice how our Constitution or the law, ever entered into his thinking or actions?