Some say if you listened just hard enough, you could hear a small scream erupt from the direction of the White House Monday morning as the news broke that the Supreme Court isn’t reviewing the order that compels the Trump administration to continue DACA.
This is significant because DACA is set to expire in a week. The Trump administration was hoping the Supreme Court would hear the case and rule against DACA. However, the highest court in the land prefers the case to “proceed expeditiously” through the lower courts.
Here’s the kicker, and why Trump is so mad. The lower court that DACA will be reviewed under is quite liberal, and in California. It’s highly unlikely the California court will strike down DACA or ask for any big changes.
Congress has been also been seeking a solution, but thus far has only managed to argue about what do… as usual. Sen. Jeff Flake acknowledged the struggle of passing something saying, “I can promise that I’ll be back on the floor, again and again, motioning for a vote until we pass a bill providing relief for those struggling due to our inaction.” Republican Sen. Flake and Democrat Sen. Heitkamp are working together to add a three-year extension to DACA to the $7.6 billion dollar monstrosity that is the border wall. But, other leaders in Congress like Sen. Lindsey Graham see a more short-sighted solution to DACA. Sen. Graham said, “I think we wind up punting. I think we’ll do a one-year extension of DACA and punt.”
Great. So not only do the Republicans enjoy being obstructionist, but they actively create situations in the future to be obstructionist about. But maybe this is part of an overall GOP strategy to keep their voters angry and afraid. Voters forget about DACA for a year, and then when it resurfaces, the GOP can start afresh, espousing the evils of allowing children to stay in the United States. And with school shootings taking the spotlight, it’s hard to focus on saving these children. But lest we forget, their lives are just as important.
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