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tv   Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program  CSPAN  September 5, 2017 4:06pm-4:13pm EDT

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>> and as we wait for this house rules committee meeting to get under way, let's show you a bit of attorney general jeff sessions earlier today talking about the daca program. [ inaudible ] >> 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i'm here today to announce that the program known as daca that was effectuated under the obama administration is being rescinded.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 dhaka program was implemented in 2012 and
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essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, worker authorization and other benefits including participation in the social security program to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens and the policy was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern after congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occupations 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 a circumvention of laws was by the executive branch and the effect that this unilateral executive amnesty among other
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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 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 laws are treasured are societies that tend to flourish and succeed and societies where the rule of law is subject to political whims
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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. there is an open -- 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 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
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approximately see. our collective wisdom is that the policy is vulnerable to the same, legal and constitutional challenges that the courts recognize with respect to the dapa program which was joined on a nationwide basis in a decision that was affirmed by the fifth circuit court of appeals. the fifth circuit specifically concluded that daca had not been implemented in a fashion that allowed sufficient discretion and that dapa was foreclosed by congress' careful plan, closed quote. 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
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amnesty policy, the likeliest outcome is that it would, too, beenjoined as it 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 winddown including the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program. acting secretary duke has chosen appropriately to initiate a winddown 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 are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in america, the department of justice cannot
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defend this overreach. george washington university law professor jonathan turley in testimony before the house jutdishry committee was clear about the enormous constitutional infirmities raised by this action. he said, quote, in his testimony, in ordering this blanket exception, president trump 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 and he's referring to the legislative branch, but destabilizes the tri-apartheid system as a whole. so this is not a littlete

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