EDITORIAL: Congress must address immigration
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - September 13, 2017 - Updated: September 13, 2017
On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The new plan, announced by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, gives Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program.
President Obama instituted the program by executive order in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the United States with their families as children.
DACA has been controversial from the start, and it’s a politically charged topic that people from both sides of the issue feel passionately about. We are not going to weigh in on which president we think is right. In fact, we believe that creating policy by executive order is not the way our government should function. It’s Congress’s job to create laws and policy, and we’d like to see them find a way to work together and pass legislation that offers a better way for people to gain legal citizenship here.