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  Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program  CSPAN  September 5, 2017 11:02am-11:14am EDT

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in guatemala, el salvador, all those people come here illegally because they come clean -- come fleeing from the mercenaries in the united states. those warseeing all from central america. thank you very much. did you want to comment? guest: the flows from central america did begin in earnest from the 1980's and into the 1990's, which is the period -- >> good morning. i'm here to announce today the program known as daca under the obama administration is being rescinded. the daca was implemented in 2012
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and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, worker authorization, and other benefits, including participation in social security program, to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens. it was implemented unilaterally through legal concern after congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions to this same group of illegal aliens. in other words, the executive branch through daca deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. such an open-ended circumvention of law was an unconstitutional exercise by authority of the executive branch. the effect of this amnesty,
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along -- among other things, conservative to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded and humanitarian consequences -- fielded in humanitarian consequences, and allowed the same illegal aliens to take jobs. we inherited from our founders and have it than's and unsurpassed legal heritage, which is the foundation of our freedom, safety and prosperity. it is myey general, duty to ensure that the laws of the united states on august and that the constitution order -- constitutional order is upheld. no greater good for the all well-being of our republic, then strengthening the impartial rule of law, societies were the rule of law is treasured are societies veteran -- societies that tend to flourish and 63 at
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-- and succeed. to have a lawful system of immigration and serve the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. it is that simple. that would the open borders policy and the american people have rightly rejected that. therefore, the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we admit to each year and that means all cannot be accepted. this does not mean they are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way. it means we are properly enforcing our laws as congress has passed them. it is with these principles and duties in mind, and in light of imminent litigation, that we
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reviewed the obama administration's daca policy. collective wisdom is that the is vulnerable to the same legal challenges the courts recognize what respect to a program enjoined on a nationwide basis on a decision affirmed by the fifth circuit court of appeals. the fifth circuit concluded that daca had not been implemented in a fashion that allowed sufficient discretion and that daca was foreclosed by congres'' careful plan. in other words, the immigration law that congress passed for closed this responsibility of daca. in other words, it was inconsistent with the constitution and separation of powers. that decision was affirmed by the supreme court on an equally undivided basis. if we were to keep the obama
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administration's executive , the likeliest outcome is that it would, too, .e enjoined as was daca the department of justice has been lysed the president, and the department of homeland security, that the department -- has advised the president, that the department of homeland security has run down the cancellation of the memo activating this. they have chosen to initiate a process. this will enable the department of homeland security to conduct an orderly change and fulfill the desire of this administration to create a time. congress period for tags, should it choose to we firmly believe this is the responsible path. if we were to further goals of stationing the constitutional order and the will of law in
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america, the department of justice cannot defend this overreach. george washington university law professor jonathan turley in testimony before the house judiciary committee was clear about the enormous constitutional infirmities raised by this action. he said "in ordering this blanket exception, president obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with. if a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend key federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes a little more than a pretense. the circumvention of the legislative process not only undermines the authority that this branch -- referring to the legislative ranch -- but destabilizes the system as a whole." so this is not a little matter.
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this disrespect for the legislative process is an important first step. the interest should serve the people of the united states, and congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursued the thoughts of reforms that are right for the american people. our nation is comprised of good and decent people who want their government leaders to fulfill the promises and advance an immigration policy that serves the national interest. we are people of compassion and law. but there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevent human suffering. loss in the past have put our nation at risk of crime,
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violence and terrorism. the compassionate thing to do is end the laws, enforce our law, and if congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process put forth by our founders in a way that advances the interests of the american people. that is what the president has promised to do and has delivered the american people. under president trump's leadership, this administration has made great progress in the last few months for establishing a lawful and constitutional immigration system. this much makes us safer and more secure. further economically the lives of millions to our struggling and it will enable our country to more effectively teach new immigrants about our system of government and to
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assimilate them to the cultural understandings. the substantial progress in reducing illegal immigration at our border seen in recent months is almost entirely due to the leadership of president trump and his inspired immigration officers. the problem is not yet solved. without more action, we could again,egality rise rather than be eliminated. as a candidate and now in office, president trump has offered specific ideas and legislative solutions that will protect american workers, increase wages and salaries, defend the national security, ensure the public safety and increase the general well-being of the american people. he has worked closely with many members of congress, including in the introduction of the race act,which would -- rays
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which would improve benefits for our country. there are many interest groups in our country and everyone has a constitutional right to advocate their views and the present whomever they choose, but the department of justice any narrowpresent in interest or subset of the american people. we represent all the american people and protect the integrity of our constitution. that is our charge. we at the department of justice are proud and honored to work and advance this vision for america and to do our best each day to ensure that safety and security of the american people. thank you very much. >> [indiscernible] >> attorney general jeff
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sessions confirming news the trump administration will bring program ande daca president trump said he will be calling on congress to work on legislation to protect those immigrants. if you missed anything of what attorney general had to say, you can see it on line at www.c-span.org. we will continue with live coverage as we take it to nikki haley discussing policy toward iran in washington. it started a couple moments ago. haley: in violation of international law, they held 52 american marines and diplomats hostage for 444 days. for the 38 years since, the iranian regime has existed outside the nations. henry kissinger famously