Ending a Breach of Power – DACA Opinion
by Katelyn Smith
Our founding fathers created the nation with a system of checks and balances. They saw how detrimental it was when one person had too much power. Thus, today we have three branches of government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. The legislative branch was given the power to make laws, the executive to enforce them, and the judicial to rule upon them.
President Obama was well aware of these rules. In fact, Obama stated in 2011 that he could not “just bypass Congress and change the (immigration) law myself. … That’s not how a democracy works.” That is true, that is not how democracy works. DACA is a difficult and very touchy subject, but the root of the issue is the fact that Obama’s issuing of the DACA executive order was unconstitutional.
President Trump has been blamed for the ending of DACA. New Presidents are given the opportunity to either continue the executive orders of former presidents or to let them discontinue. Though it has been portrayed differently, President Trump gave the power of immigration reform back to its rightful, constitutional owner: Congress. He did not end DACA; he let an unconstitutional order meet its natural end.
I am not here to argue whether or not it is right to allow the children of immigrants to stay in the United States. While I do believe that they are not at fault for the actions of their parents, I cannot say if it is right or wrong that they stay. The right to say is up to the American people as a whole. We argue back and forth whether we live in a democracy or a republic, but the fact still remains that we elect our representatives. The word representative means that they are to represent the opinions of the people they were elected by.
The person that holds the real right to change legislation is not the president. It is the people. What President Obama did was a breach of power. What is important in this situation is making sure that the power is in the correct hands. Our country was created to reflect the opinions of the population’s majority, not just the president. If the people stand together for what they believe in, Congress will have no choice but to do what the people who have elected them want. However, playing the blame game will result in nothing but more hatred.
Congress has 6 months to put the DREAM act, or a form of it, into place. It is up to them to decide whether or not the bill will become a law. If the people of America want the DREAM act, then the people that they elected into positions of constitutional power-Congressmen and women- have the power to make it a reality.