As I’ve mentioned before in these pages, I support a limited plan to legalize those who were brought here by their parents. My plan would legalize those young people who are doing well in school and staying out of trouble, who may even want to serve in the U.S. military.
It would not be a path to citizenship or amnesty.
It would simply legalize young people brought here by their parents. My plan would not legalize their parents or every other relative.
This week, President Obama left a bunch of these “DREAMers” crying outside the Supreme Court.
So why was this case in the Supreme Court, anyway?
First, President Obama, with Democrat majorities, did not legislate the problem. They promised but did not deliver on immigration reform.
Second, and worse, an angry President Obama reacted to the 2014 election (and the loss of the U.S. Senate) by waving the pen and signing an executive order legalizing millions.
It was arrogance of the worst kind. It’s the kind of “presidencialismo” (presidential-ism) that has done so much harm to Latin America, from Perón in Argentina to Chávez in Venezuela to Mexican presidents who went around the legislature over and over again.
President Obama could have sat down with Congress and resolved this issue of the young DREAMers. I think there are enough GOP representatives and U.S. senators willing to resolve the legalization of youngsters who were brought here years ago. Again, we are talking about young people who are in many cases performing well in our schools and plan to attend our universities. Are we really going to punish these youngsters because their parents walked into the country illegally?
We should add that the Supreme Court has stopped President Obama before, as the WSJ reported:
The one-sentence ruling was the latest defeat for Mr. Obama in the courts, which recently have stymied some of his administration’s top policy goals.A federal judge in Wyoming on Tuesday blocked a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. And in February, the Supreme Court suspended the Obama administration’s cornerstone climate-change regulation limiting carbon emissions from power plants while litigation proceeds.
The DREAMers are now under the bus and will likely stay there for a long time. They should blame President Obama.
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