By Duncan Smith
President Donald Trump is undeterred by the U.S. Supreme Court’s horrendous decision this week to rule against his attempt to rescind the Obama-era DACA program after it was unconstitutionally imposed via executive fiat by his predecessor.
As such, he has already ordered the Department of Homeland Security to craft new guidelines, per the Supreme Court order, to restart the process of ditching a program that violates current immigration law six ways to Sunday.
The Epoch Times adds details:
A top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said Friday that President Donald Trump has instructed the agency to revise its guidelines around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with the aim of forcing lawmakers to negotiate a lasting, legal solution to the problem of people who entered the United States illegally as children.
'This morning he gave us the instruction—the Department of Homeland Security—redo the guidelines to wind down DACA, and that is intended, it will have the practical effect of forcing this back into Congress' hands, where it always belonged in the first place,' said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, in an interview Friday on Fox News.
Cuccinelli said Trump has long sought a lasting, legal solution to the vexing issue of the so-called 'Dreamers' program, as DACA is also known. The program was put in place via executive order by President Barack Obama, and currently some 649,000 immigrants are enrolled. Obama signed the order in 2012 following failed immigration reform negations on Capitol Hill. Many conservatives, including Trump, have argued DACA is unconstitutional, although the president has expressed sympathy for the Dreamers' plight and has indicated openness to a negotiated, bipartisan solution.
'He was always willing to talk and to negotiate and to try and solve this problem legally … within the boundaries of the law and the Constitution—that's President Trump's approach to this,' Cuccinelli told Fox News, noting — truthfully — that Democrats have consistently blocked any effort to legislatively fix the DACA program (hint: because the party doesn’t really care about illegal immigrants unless it can transform them into a voting bloc).
'For a decade, the left has been playing politics with these peoples' lives,” Cuccinelli added.
“It was the president—President Trump—who was willing to try and solve this problem and it was Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who walked away because they thought they'd get an advantage in the 2018 elections and people should remember that as we now move out of a court case, are they going to come back to the table?'
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