tv Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program CSPAN September 5, 2017 11:37pm-11:50pm EDT
♪ >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. up wednesday morning, texas democratic congressman held green discusses hurricane others senators talk about the trump administration decision to overturn daca immigration policy. sure to watch c-span's washington journal, live at some :00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. >> attorney general jeff sessions announced the trump administration will begin winding down the deferred action for childhood arrivals for daca program for top general session said that dr. was an unconstitutional overreach by president obama. the current justice department could not defend it.
[indiscernible chatter] attorney general sessions: good morning. i'm here to announce today the program known as daca under the obama administration is being rescinded. the daca program watts implemented in 2012 and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for renewable two-year term, worker authorization, and other benefits including participation in the 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 immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise by authority of the executive branch. the effect of this amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. it also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs. we inherited from our founders and have advanced an unsurpassed legal heritage, which is the foundation of our freedom, our safety, and our prosperity. as attorney general, it is my duty to ensure that the laws of
the united states are enforced and that the constitution order is upheld. no greater good for the overall health and well-being of our republic, than strengthening the impartial rule of law, societies where the rule of law is treasured are societies that tend to flourish and succeed. societies where the rule of law is subject to political whims and personal biases tend to become societies afflicted by corruption, poverty, and human suffering. to have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. it's just that simple. that would be an 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 reviewed the obama administration's daca policy. collective wisdom is that the policy is vulnerable to the same legal and constitutional challenges that the courts recognized with respect to the dapa program which was enjoined on a nationwide basis in a decision that was 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 dapa was foreclosed by congres'' careful plan.
in other words, the immigration law that congress passed foreclosed this possibility of daca. in other words, it was inconsistent with the constitution's separation of powers. that decision was affirmed by the supreme court on an equally undivided basis. if we were to keep the obama administration's executive amnesty policy, the likeliest outcome is that it would, too, be enjoined just as was dapa. the department of justice has advised the president and the department of homeland security that the department of homeland security should begin an orderly lawful wind down, including the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program.
acting secretary duke has chosen appropriately to initiate a wind down 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 period for congress to act should it so choose. we firmly believe this is the responsible path. simply put, if we're to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in 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, quote, in his testimony, 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 little more than a pretense. the circumvention of the legislative process not only undermines the authority of this branch, he's referring to the legislative branch, but destabilizes the tripartite system as a whole. this is not a little matter. ending the previous administration's disrespect for the legislative process is an important first step. all immigration policies should serve the interest of the people of the united states, lawful immigrant and native born alike. congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the american people. our nation is comprised of good
and decent people who want their government's leaders to fulfill their promises and advance an immigration policy that serves the national interest. we're people of compassion and we're people of law. but there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering. failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence, and terrorism. the compassionate thing to do is end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and if congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our founders in a way that advances the interest of the american people. that is what the president has promised to do and has delivered to the american people. under president trump's leadership, this administration has made great progress in the last few months toward
establishing a lawful and constitutional immigration system. this makes us safer and more secure. it will further economically the lives of millions who are struggling, and it will enable our country to more effectively teach new immigrants about our system of government and to assimilate them to the cultural understandings that support 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 and without more action we could see illegality rise again 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 welfare being of the american people. he has worked closely with many members of congress, including in the introduction of the race act, which would produce enormous benefits for our country. this is how our democratic process works. there are many powerful interest groups in the country and every one of them has a constitutional right to advocate their views and represent whomever they choose. but the department of justice does not represent any narrow interest or any 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 to advance this vision for america and to do our best each day to ensure the safety and security of the american people. thank you very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: former president obama put out a statement on the trump administration decision to end the deferred action for childhood arrival program or target six months -- "to hopeful young strivers who grew up in a is wrong, because they've done nothing wrong to her coat you can read president obama's entire statement on his facebook page.
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