President Joe Biden has vowed to fight the “deeply disappointing” ruling of a federal judge who blocked new applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era executive order that unlawfully protects undocumented immigrants who came to America as children from deportation.
In a stunning admission, Biden called a legislative mass amnesty for DACA recipients, or DREAMers, the only “permanent solution” as he swore to “fortify” the DACA program, The Hill reported.
Judge: DACA was never legal
Judge Andrew Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee, had ruled Friday that the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it created DACA.
While allowing the program to remain in effect for the 600,000 DREAMers under its protection, he ordered new applications to be frozen. In a statement, Biden called the status quo of “uncertainty” for DREAMers unacceptable and declared his intention to “fortify” DACA in the meantime.
“The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA,” the president said. “And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule concerning DACA in the near future.”
Biden added that a legislative amnesty is necessary to provide the citizenship that DREAMers “deserve,” and signaled that he would be fine with achieving this unilaterally, “through [budget] reconciliation or other means.”
Former President Obama also said it’s “long past time for Congress to act” and grant DREAMers “the protection and certainty they deserve,” The Hill noted.
Biden vies for amnesty
Biden appears to have silently recognized that DACA was an unconstitutional expedient, and as PJ Media notes, then-President Donald Trump similarly suggested that Congress pass protections for DREAMers.
But Biden reaching the same conclusion that Trump once did is hardly a consolation as the 46th president contemplates working an amnesty into a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation deal, which would allow Democrats to unilaterally add millions of undocumented immigrants to the electorate, and effectively their voter base.
The push comes as Biden’s proposal to give citizenship to the untold millions of illegal immigrants living in America, certainly the most ambitious scheme of its kind in American history, has struggled to make headway since January.
While it’s true that Obama used an illegal process, it would be no less an affront to American sovereignty to enact a mass amnesty through the “proper means” in Congress. The proper solution would be to deport those in the country unlawfully.
But it would be foolish to expect the Biden administration to do right by the American people at this stage after it confirmed using the military to ship migrants into the country. What a disgrace.