President Donald Trump has made immigration a top priority since he decided to run for president back in 2015.
And despite little to no help from Democrats, the president has gone above and beyond to address and fix the crisis at America’s southern border.
But Trump kicked things up a notch this week when he called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Democrats have refused to work with Trump to address the immigration crisis, and the president has made his position clear: work with him to pass DACA through Congress or he will order that the program be terminated.
The Supreme Court is taking on a case this term regarding DACA and whether the program is legal.
In a series of tweets, Trump explained that he wants DACA struck down because it’s an abuse of the president’s power and should come from Congress instead.
“President Obama said that he did not have the right to sign DACA, that it will never hold up in court. He signed it anyway! If the Supreme Court upholds DACA, it gives the President extraordinary powers, far greater than ever thought,” Trump wrote in the first tweet.
He added in the second: “If they do what is right and do not let DACA stand, with all of its negative legal implications, the Republicans and Democrats will have a DEAL to let them stay in our Country, in very short order. It would actually benefit DACA, and be done the right way!”
….DACA stand, with all of its negative legal implications, the Republicans and Democrats will have a DEAL to let them stay in our Country, in very short order. It would actually benefit DACA, and be done the right way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
As part of its busy fall term, the Supreme Court is taking on three cases on the legality of Trump’s September 2017 rescission of the immigration program.
In all three cases, lower courts decided Trump had acted illegally in canceling the program that Obama started to grant immigration benefits to so-called Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as minors.
In his Wednesday tweets, Trump repeated a claim that Obama had himself said DACA was an unconstitutional program.
The Obama-era DACA program has not only shielded millions of illegal children currently in the U.S., it also rewards illegals over American children and families.
Trump has offered Democrats several chances to negotiate a DACA deal, but they have balked at everything he proposes.
Last year, Trump offered a more than fair deal to Democrats: he would support a pathway to citizenship for 1 million DACA beneficiaries in exchange for a $25 billion trust fund for border security measures, ending the immigration lottery, and a substantial reduction in chain migration.
Democrats have refused to even discuss the proposal, let alone negotiate it any deal at all to address the border crisis.
The Supreme Court ruling is going to be massive.
If the Court upholds DACA and rules Obama had the legal right to create the program, it’s doubtful that Democrats would even try to negotiate a deal with Trump.
But if the SCOTUS strikes down the program and rules it unconstitutional, Democrats will be in total disarray.
They will either have to make a deal with Trump and Republicans to get DACA passed in Congress or the president would have the power to have all of the Dreamers deported.
The ruling is expected sometime this year — and it’s going to send shock waves.