Say No To DACA, Mr. President


Dr. Richard Moss, candidate for Congress, urged President Trump to take DACA off the table.  “It should be non-negotiable.  It was lawless and unconstitutional when Barack Obama signed an executive order granting temporary legalization in 2012, a power he did not have, and it remains so today.  It was also a major part of the Trump campaign to repeal Obama’s unconstitutional executive order.  He should veto any legislation from Congress that reinstates it and allow it to die a natural death.”

DACA or Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals temporarily shielded some illegal aliens who arrived in the country as children from deportation.  It applied to aliens who illegally entered the US before the age of 16, were under the age of 31, had continuously resided in the US since June 15, 2007, were in school, graduated, or honorably discharged from the military.  There was also a requirement that the alien speak English fluently.  Much of this, as we will see, has gone by the wayside.

“We have no obligation to illegal aliens whether they came here as children or not.  No one is breaking up their families. They should return to their country of origin to reunite with their families since they are here unlawfully.  Our commitment is to American Dreamers. Not illegal aliens.”

Obama created DACA by executive fiat in June 2012 when Congress failed to pass the so-called “Dream Act” (which would have provided amnesty for nearly 4 million illegal aliens).  But the President does not have the right to create new immigration policy because Congress failed to do so.  Congress did not act because there was no popular mandate for such legislation.  Americans don’t want to legalize illegal aliens.  To not act on an issue is also the prerogative of the people and their congressional representatives. 

“Obama imposed DACA on the nation despite stating previously on multiple occasions that he did not have the authority to do so, which is correct. Only Congress has the power to pass immigration law.  But Obama did a simple electoral calculation and decided it would help him win a second term in 2012 by appealing to tribal affinities, in this case Hispanics, playing the race card in effect, this despite knowing it was unconstitutional.”

There was a time when Democrats opposed illegal aliens and open borders as they sought to protect the rights of American citizens and workers.  But the Democrat Party has become the Party of Illegal Aliens and has gone full-bore into promoting mass third world immigration including illegals to help them electorally.  And it has worked.  Many Third World immigrants are liberals, depend on government services, and vote Democratic.  If they were Republicans, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would be on the southern border building the wall themselves.  California, which gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and other Republican stalwarts, is now deep blue and will never elect a Republican for statewide office again.  New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado, formerly reliable red states, have flipped to the Democrats in large measure because of immigration.  This process is underway throughout the land including in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and others.  Unable to convince Americans of the soundness of their socialist policies and cultural Marxism, they have decided on simply transforming the country demographically.  And a number of suicidal Chamber of Commerce Republicans have gone along with this.

“Granting amnesty for only current DACA recipients, roughly 800,000, would result in far higher numbers of immigrants.  An automatic 2 million parents would become eligible for amnesty.  Seventy six percent of DACA beneficiaries are from Mexico. Mexican immigrants sponsor an average of 6.38 additional legal immigrants—the highest rate of any nationality for chain migration (the average is 3.45). Through chain migration, even from a relatively small 800,000 amnesty, an additional 4-6 million immigrants from Mexico would enter the country. Furthermore, Democrats and clueless Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham are not negotiating over a DACA fix for the 800,000 but revisiting the Dream Act, which would grant amnesty to nearly 4 million illegal aliens.  Subsequent numbers for chain migration would be much higher than for the DACA fix, which is already bad enough.”

“Only 900 out of the 800,000 DACA recipients have served in the military, or .1%.  Their average age is 24-26.  They are therefore adults and have had 6-8 years to address their illegal status and chose not to.  Eleven percent are between the ages of 31 and 36, hardly the childhood ‘Dreamers’ we hear endlessly of.  There are unpleasant facts about illegal aliens that are rarely heard from the political class.  DACA-age (18-35) illegal aliens in Arizona, for example, commit twice the rate of crime as citizens.  They also tend to commit more serious crimes including rape, assault, robbery, kidnapping, driving under the influence, and murder.  They are over represented by four times according to their population in the penal systems of California. Sixty two percent of households headed by an illegal immigrant receive public assistance compared with 30% of native households.  Forty percent of DACA recipients have dropped out of high school. Twenty four percent of the DACA eligible population was functionally illiterate in English and another 46% had only ‘basic’ English. There is little benefit to America and huge costs to legalizing this group, not to mention the corrosive effects on American sovereignty, culture, and the rule of law.”

President Trump and Republicans should reject DACA and amnesty.  They should build a wall, secure the border, mandate E-verify and employer sanctions, and end sanctuary cities and states.  They should implement aggressive deportation of illegal aliens, even on an Eisenhower level (President Eisenhower deported more than a million illegal aliens), beginning with those currently incarcerated in our nation’s jails (27% of the federal prison population).  They should ensure good health before entry into the country. Those in ill health or carrying diseases should not be allowed into the country.  Prospective immigrants should have proof of employment or support so as not to become public charges.  There should be no access to public programs for a minimum of ten years.  They should not hold values or ideas that are intrinsically hostile to American values (Sharia Law, for example).  Congress should pass the “No Sanctuary for Criminal Aliens Act” and the Department of Justice should begin prosecuting and arresting city and state officials who fail to comply with federal law regarding criminal aliens in their custody.  They should pass the “Davis-Oliver Act” (named after two law enforcement officials killed by an illegal alien) to punish criminal aliens and deter them from returning to the country.  It also deputizes local and state law enforcement to assist federal officials in apprehending illegal alien law-breakers.  They should pass the “RAISE Act,” which would cut immigration by half (my preference would be for much sharper cuts, perhaps 100,000 or less per year over ten years to allow for assimilation of current immigrants), eliminate the “Diversity Lottery,” end family chain migration, and establish a merit-based point system.  Congress should rein in our left wing lower federal courts and eliminate their jurisdiction over immigration policy, a legitimate First Article Constitutional power that belongs to Congress.  We should also end birthright citizenship, a corruption of the Civil War era 14th Amendment, which was intended to provide citizenship to recently freed black slaves, not the children of illegal aliens. 

Immigration should be limited, meritocratic, diverse, and highly selective, bringing in the best and brightest from around the world, preferably fluent or proficient in English, with skills and background suited to our post-industrial, high tech, modern economy, who love our country, its values, culture, and way of life, and who will assimilate and contribute to our society.  This is what I refer to as “America First Patriotic Immigration,” and should form the basis of any further legislation on this matter.

“Immigration policy should serve the nation’s interest not the interests of poorly educated, unskilled immigrants, legal or illegal, or the failed nations and cultures they come from.  Make America Great Again, President Trump, by enforcing existing immigration law, rejecting DACA or Dreamer amnesty, and reforming immigration in a way that benefits American citizens, workers, and the nation as a whole.”

Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children. 

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