It has been requested by Democrats for President Obama to pardon the DREAMers, but the White House has confirmed that he would not, Buzz Feed reports.
According to American Immigration Council, the DREAMers are a group of unauthorized immigrant children in the United States. In 2012, President Obama revealed a deferred action initiative that would allow unauthorized children, who were brought to the United States after June 2007, to be temporarily safe from deportation. Those between the ages of 15 and 31 are currently eligible for the deferred action, but children 14 and under are not currently eligible, DHS reports.
Why is President Obama unable to pardon the DREAMers and keep them safe from being deported to countries of which many have no memory or knowledge, and some who don’t even know the language? According to White House officials, the president does not have the authority to pardon unauthorized immigrants.
“We note that the clemency power could not give legal status to any undocumented individual. As we have repeatedly said for years, only Congress can create legal status for undocumented individuals.”
This statement came after President Obama received letters from Democrat House members requesting that all prior and future immigration violators be pardoned so that President-elect Donald Trump is unable to deport them.
An immigration lawyer, David Leopold, did agree that President Obama does not have the ability to pardon these immigrants, but he urged the government not to be so quick to dismiss finding a way to help them.
“I think at a minimum the pardon power can be used effectively legally to put DACA recipients or DREAMers on a path to regularize their status if they had another method to do it.”
Unfortunately, the Administration officials worry that any work and effort put forth to help the immigrants would simply be undone once President-elect Trump is in office.
Immigrants are afraid of what will happen to them after President-elect takes office. Time and time again, Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall and deport all illegal immigrants from the United States.
“Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced – we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country.”
During Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix, Arizona, he gave a speech about immigration and his plan to fix the immigration system.
“Sadly, our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized.”
President-elect Trump described the fundamental problem of our immigration system. He said it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists, and powerful, powerful politicians, but it doesn’t serve the American people.
Donald Trump believes that the immigration reform should mean improvements to our policies to make life better for the American citizens.
“It’s our right at a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.”
Then Donald describes the issue with security.
“Countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws like they have to be enforced. I have met with many of the great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders.”
The open border policy has taken many lives of our fellow Americans. He described how President Obama’s open border policy had failed many Americans, including Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck, Kate Steinle, Earl Olander, and U.S. Air Force veteran Marilyn Pharis.
Some additional points that President-elect Donald Trump made during his speech encouraged supporters and enraged his detractors.
- Illegal immigrants are taking the jobs from our American people.
- Illegal immigrants are treated better than our Veterans. This will not happen anymore under Donald Trump’s presidency.
- The government spends way to much time on less important problems like Global Warming, while the core issue is and should be “the American people.”
- President Obama and Hillary Clinton have surrendered the safety of the American people to open borders.
Take a look at Donald Trump’s immigration speech in Phoenix.