The fight over President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has highlighted the embarrassing strain of pro-amnesty sentiment that remains a problem within the Republican Party. These Republicans, elected by and large by conservative voters who are sick and tired of watching millions of jobs vanish into the black hole of illegal immigration, will simply not stop supporting efforts to legalize the undocumented.
So far, 18 prominent Republicans have come out forcefully against the Trump administration’s plans to bring the program to an end. In a feature article last week, Breitbart News helpfully published their names:
Three Senate Republicans and 15 House members — including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) — are urging President Donald Trump to continue former President Barack Obama’s executive action, put in place in 2012, to give some 850,000 illegal aliens temporary legal status and work permits, at least until Congress can come up with immigration legislation to determine its fate.
Aside from Ryan, the other lawmakers who don’t want Trump to end DACA are: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – who voted against the Dream Act in 2010 that basically gave the same protections as DACA) – and Sens. Orin Hatch (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ); and Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Will Hurd (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Scott Taylor (R-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and John Faso (R-NY).
So let’s be clear here.
This the Republican Party that profited wildly off opposing President’s Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders that granted a species of amnesty to these illegal immigrants. They fundraised off it and they won big in the 2014 midterms thanks to their rhetoric opposing Obama’s lawless moves. This is the Republican Party that was swept back into control last November thanks to one man – Donald J. Trump – who promised to make illegal immigration a thing of the past. This is the Republican Party that now wants Trump to “do the right thing” by these poor, innocent little DREAMers?
It’s enough to make you sick.
If nothing else, the Trump Era is really making it clear where the GOP stands on illegal immigration. And guess what – it’s not with the American people.
We hope Trump follows through with his plan to end this program. We may not need to deport all 800,000 DREAMers, but we desperately need to rid our nation of Obama’s unconstitutional actions.