One of the biggest differences between President Obama and President Trump? How they wield their Presidential authority.
Obama abused his executive orders to push through his agenda. He did not want to work with Congress. It was an obvious and flagrant violation of the Constitution’s limits on power.
Trump, on the other hand, isn’t interested in going beyond what the law allows. He understands that to make a permanent change, you need to do it through law. That’s why he rescinded DACA’s, Obama’s worst abuse of executive authority.
Now he’s made it clear, he won’t sign any orders extending the controversial program.
From The Hill:
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Tuesday that President Trump is unlikely to extend the deadline for work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5 if Congress has not reached a deal on immigration by that date.
Kelly told reporters on Capitol Hill that he was “not so sure” that Trump had the authority to extend the deadline because the program was not based on law, The Washington Post reported.
Work permits for DACA recipients will begin to expire on that date due to Trump’s decision to rescind DACA in September with a six-month delay.
Would you have ever heard these words out of Barack “the ends justify the means” Obama? Barack “never waste a good crisis” Obama? No, and here’s what’s at stake:
“There are 690,000 official DACA recipients and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million,” Kelly continued. “The difference between 690 and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up.”
Obama grossly overstepped his bounds when he issued DACA. He refused to work with Congress to provide a lasting solution (legally and within the bounds Constitution). It’s why we are facing the problems we have today. Obama’s impatience and short-sidedness left us with today’s crisis.
Trump is not Obama. He’s not interested in forcing issues to get his own way. He wants lasting fixes for our ailing country. That means getting Congress to draft an immigration solution that will work. And continue to work for many years. Unlike DACA, which was a poor, short-term Band-Aid.
But will Congress be responsible enough to make that fix? President Trump laid out his goals in the SOTU address. It’s up to Republicans in Congress to draft up a bill to fit his vision. But Democrats might not be willing to compromise. Which will lead to more gridlock and possible government shutdowns.
The question is: will Democrats be mature enough to swallow their pride and work with Trump? Hmm, I’ll let you answer that yourselves.
Source: The Hill