Our founding fathers designed our government to be a system of checks and balances. They were terrified of any one branch, or any one person, having too much power. Lord Acton shared this mindset by saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Our constitutional framework was created in a brilliant fashion and it allows for each branch of the government to exercise certain powers over another. This is not a redundancy; this is a fluid idea that is alive today.
For proof of this we need to look no further than President Trumps decision to end the Obama Executive Order called “DACA” or deferred action for childhood arrivals.
President Trump has faced a tremendous amount of negative press for making a decision that should be praised. Before y’all burn me in effigy; hear me out.
For just a moment I want to remove the substance of the executive order and look independently at what President Trump did. He reviewed an Obama era executive order. He determined that this executive order was written in a direct attempt to circumvent the entire legislative process. This is precisely the type of action our founding fathers feared.
The DACA executive order must be undone. This executive order is actually hurting the “dreamers” as well as many American citizens. We can’t allow these individuals to live in perpetuity. President Trump realizes that his best option is to allow congress to weigh in and find a solution to the problem. I believe he made an outstanding decision. He is addressing the problem of DACA by properly submitting it to congress so they will be able to legislate a solution. Once this is done the dreamers will have closure and a legal process to pursue should they want American citizenship.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said “If President Trump chooses to cancel the DACA program and give Congress six months to find a legislative solution, I will be supportive of such a position.” Senator Graham is joined by a bipartisan effort to find a legislative solution to this problem.
I think it’s important to recognize the selfless decision President Trump made. He realized that DACA was a poorly written order and couldn’t survive. It was hurting America. He made the decision to end the executive order but he wanted to make sure America was in the best possible position to handle this change. He is asking congress to legislate a solution and giving them six months to get it done. I applaud President Trump and this incredibly well thought out plan. This is precisely what our founding fathers wanted.
Now is the time to contact your representatives and make your voice heard. Call your congressman and explain your feelings on the issue. Remember- representative government only works when citizens are engaged.