Most conservatives are jumping for joy after Trump officially announced today that he would rescind Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not among them. He wants Congress to snap into action, and work to preserve much of the DACA program, which protects young immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents.
“President Obama’s executive order on DACA was illegal,” Paul said to his social media followers. “However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion. There are ways to make sure people who have been here for many years since childhood are allowed to stay. We should include efforts to reduce and reform immigration in other areas at the same time. Congress will need to address this problem.”
Paul’s defacto endorsement of amnesty is a stark contrast to the rhetoric that initially won him his Senate seat in Kentucky. As candidate Paul back on the campaign trail in 2009-10, he supported a physical wall as well as a virtual electronic fence around the border to be enforced by armed law enforcement personnel using helicopters to round up illegals. But years in the Washington D.C. swamp have changed Paul, resulting in him adopting more of a donor-friendly perspective on immigration.
Paul is not alone with his opposition to Trump’s plan to terminate DACA. Many moderate Republicans are crying foul as well.
“It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said in a press release. “However, we as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents.”
“I don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said last week.
“Like the president, I’ve long advocated for tougher enforcement of our existing immigration laws. But we also need a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in a public statement.
Paul will now be tasked with crafting an amnesty proposal with the worst of his party as he battles with President Trump over this major policy shift.