Immigration watchdogs watching Congress, courts

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump at WH immigration meetingAn immigration reform activist says the Democrats will pay a political price if they force a government shutdown over DACA.

In the past, Democrats have often used the threat of a partial government shutdown to make the Republicans panic and cave to their demands. Yet now the Democrats hope to use a looming January 20 government shutdown to force Republicans to give amnesty to nearly 900,000 DACA recipients - without offering border enforcement provisions. 

President Donald Trump believes this time, however, a government shutdown will help him politically. Art Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies agrees with the president.    

"I have no doubt that it would," he observes, "because we've got troops in the field in Afghanistan. We have ISIS on the run and the fact is that we can potentially take them out as a force. If you shut off funding, you put all of that in danger."

Meanwhile, as Trump squares off with Democrats and some Republicans over DACA, the Trump-led Department of Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the latest pro-DACA ruling from a liberal federal court

ICE arrestsOn Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by a lower court that found the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty legal yet at the same time ruled the Trump administration's effort to phase out the program was illegal.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the ruling "defies both law and common sense," and said they're asking the justices to hear the case directly and skip over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform says he judge's ruling is incomprehensible.

Mehlman

"It is hard to imagine," he says, "how any judge could come to the conclusion that the sitting president does not have the authority to discontinue a policy established by his predecessor, especially one that is constitutionally questionable as DACA is."

Regarding the threat of a government shutdown, Arthur says Democratic government workers want to get paid.

"Quite frankly, government employees are a pretty big Democratic constituency," he says. "And if there is a danger that they're not going to get paid but still have to do the work, that will put a political price on the Democrats."

Arthur says President Trump gets to determine just how the shutdown takes place and should inflict the "maximum amount of pain" on Democrats' constituents just as his predecessor in the White House did.

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