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I Support DACA in Principle, But President Trump Is Right to End It

In principle, I think DACA makes sense. There are people here today whose parents brought them here illegally as toddlers.

By Erick Erickson

They know no other home. They are, for all intents and purposes, American. Many of them have grown up and are college aged or older and I am not opposed to them staying if they have no criminal record. But, there is a big caveat to this.

President Obama, almost until the moment he enacted DACA, insisted such an act by the President would be unconstitutional. I agree. While in principle I support DACA, I do not believe the President has the power to enact it without legislation. There is no legislation that would give the President the power to do it. Therefore, I believe DACA is unconstitutional.

Regardless of my personal preferences, I think the constitution has to override everything else. And without constitutional authority, whether I like it or not, I cannot support it. I see many of my Christian friends upset with the President. And, to be sure, the President probably does not have constitutional motives for undoing DACA. Nonetheless, it is the right thing to do regardless of the President’s motives.

The President appears to be giving some time for Congress to act. If Congress wants to, it can and should act. But if Congress fails to act, DACA needs to go away. We live in nation with restrains on each branch of government. Even if you support DACA, you should cheer on a President restraining himself and walking back something a President really has no power to do.

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