Sessions says DACA illegal because of high approval rate

by Stephen Dinan
October 19, 2017

The Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty for “Dreamers” wasn’t illegal on its face but rather because of the way it was being carried out, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Congress on Wednesday.

Mr. Sessions said the policy might have been defended if illegal immigrants were evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but he said the near-blanket level of approvals — more than 92 percent according to the latest statistics — undercut its legality.

“A DACA program might be legal if it was done on an individualized basis. But the Department of Justice can’t just wipe out whole sections of the American law and say we’re not going to enforce it,” Mr. Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He helped scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last month, ruling that the department could no longer defend the policy in court. After that, the Homeland Security Department announced a six-month phaseout of the program.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jose says:

    Why phase out in six months something that has been “illegal” to begin with. If it is illegal to possess something why wait six months to actually make it “illegal”. Just like an illegal drug, if caught with it, the person is not given 6 months to quit having the illegal drug so daca should be in the same boat, illegal is ILLEGAL right now not 6 months from now.

  • Josh P. says:

    Exactly. So return them also as a mass and then let them apply one by one. They want to get angry and march and protest? Great! ….pick them up in herds at the protests and fast-track them out of the country. Sort of like this:

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