The Obama Administration has expressed extreme disappointment over U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen‘s rulings against President Obama‘s deferment of deporting young immigrants, which was set to solidify this Wednesday and before its May 19 date.
In the original decision, President Obama had proposed a reprieve for young immigrants and whose parents are citizens or have been naturalized as such under the law of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is meant to protect their (the “Dreamers”) rights in stay in America (if it’s been over 5 years and obtain no criminal record), but those who have opposed the amnestic law complain that there are currently 4.9 million immigrants undocumented, and in simple English, feel that DACA lets them off the hook in having not registered their existence beforehand.
Mainly Republican politicians, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, have also questioned if DACA is even constitutional, accusing the President of overreaching his power. The resistance is typical of those that have vouched against immigration laws that are remotely supportive of foreigners in the U.S., documented or not, and has been a decades-long issue, long before Obama ran for the presidency.
Naturally, immigration-rights advocates have stood with Obama and DACA, but this major political issue has some loopholes further penetration by matters of opinions. The New York Times tried to point out some “paradoxes” in the well-meaning law in that “On one hand, they said, Mr. Obama plans to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants so that they can come out of the shadows and be better integrated into American society. On the other hand, they said, the administration is shutting them out of the health care system that would help them become productive members of society.”
The White House has objected any opinionated disagreements about DACA and Obama’s leadership and issued their own statement about the fairness in which DACA was created in: “The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and the district court in Washington, D.C., have determined that the president’s actions are well within his legal authority. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, common sense policies from taking effect…”
It’s hard to tell if opposers against DACA are doing so for the sake of looking out for immigrants, or just (as they sometimes so rudely refer to as) want these “aliens” out of America, especially if they were not born and raised. Judge Hanen prior to his vetoing gathered a coalition of 26 states with the right to file lawsuits against DACA. But today, following his interruption, the White House has announced an appeal and the Department of Justice is looking further into it.
This immigration issue continues to get messier and messier and again feels more like a battle of political parties than combating for the betterment of the American people. The families and parents of the 5 million immigrants are depending on Obama’s DACA to be their refuge but their American dreams are continuously being challenged.