EDITORIAL: DACA debacle could be a good thing, if …
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - September 13, 2017 - Updated: September 13, 2017
President Donald Trump has taken his lumps for dumping the fate of “Dreamers” back into the hands of Congress, but revoking the Obama-era government program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may finally clean up a legitimate problem.
Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said recently that DACA is “on shaky legal ground… That’s why we need to pass a law and we should do it.”
The Obama administration created DACA five years ago to give those youngsters who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents a temporary reprieve from deportation.
It was a stop-gap measure Obama implemented when Congress failed to enact a legislative solution, but hardliners criticized it as presidential overreach. Trump and Republicans called it unconstitutional.