tv Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program CSPAN September 5, 2017 2:22pm-2:34pm EDT
state insurance commissioners testify tomorrow on stabilizing health insurance premiums. and we'll hear from state governors testifying on thursday. live coverage beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern, also online at cspan.org and listen live on the free cspan radio app. all of that news conference dominated by discussions on the jeff sessions' announcement today. reports saying that president trump's administration is rescinding an obama administration legislation. a dhs official writes says d.r.e.a.m.ers whose work permits expire by march 5th will be allowed to apply for a two year renewal as debate continues about the future of the program. the announcement made by the attorney general.
good morning. i'm here today to announce that the program known as daca that was effectuated under the obama administration is being rescinded. the daca program was implemented in 2012, and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, work authorization, and other benefits, including participation in the social security program, to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens. the policy was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and 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 of authority by the executive branch. the effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things contribut things contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible consequences. it denies job of hundreds of thousands of americans by all allowing those illegal aliens to take those jobs. we inherited from our founders an unsurpassed legal heritage, which is a foundation of our freedom, our safety, and our prosperity. as attorney general it's my duty
to assure that the laws of the united states are enforced and that the constitutional order is upheld. no greater good for the overall health and well-being of our republic than preserving and 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 border's policy and the american people have rightly rejected that. therefore, the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we admit 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 principle and duties in mind and in light of imminent litigation that we reviewed the obama administration's daca policy. our collective wisdom is that the policy is vulnerable to the same legal and constitutional challenges that the courts recognized with respect to the daca program. which was enjoined 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 doc aca was foreclosed by
congress's 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 daca. 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 winddown, 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 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 infirmties 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 destabilized the system as a whole. this is not a little matter. ending the previous administration's disrespect for the process is an important step. all immigration policies should serve the people of the united states, lawful immigrant and native born alike. congress should 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 are people of compassion, and we are 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 progressive 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 it. the substantial process 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. but the problem is not yet solved. without more action, we could see illegality rise again. 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, insure 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 raise act which would produce enormous benefits for our country. and 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 whom ever 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 insure the safety and security of the american people. thank you very much. >> will you use the personal information of daca -- >> thank you. [ inaudible question ] congressman keith elson joins political candidates talking about social movements and political platforms. issues include race, disenfranchi disenfranchisement, and climate change. this is from the annual netroots nation conference held recently in atlanta.