Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ed Rogers: Rescinding DACA Is a Test for the GOP

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ed Rogers: Rescinding DACA Is a Test for the GOP

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Refusing to uphold the law became somewhat fashionable in the Obama era -- especially when it concerned immigration. Enter Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Pardon the Alabama vernacular, but Sessions ain't a real fashionable guy. Good for him. We either have laws or we don't. We can't make them up on the fly.

Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would no longer shield from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, he said, "was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern after Congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions to this same group of illegal aliens." So the administration has given Congress six months to take action and reflect the will of the people.

For his part, Sessions is committed to enforcing the law above all else. Period. Bringing DACA to an end is not an insider legislative tactic. Rather, it is a return to proper law enforcement. And if Congress legislates a provision protecting undocumented immigrants who have mostly known life only in the U.S. -- and President Donald Trump signs the bill -- Sessions would be the first person to uphold that law.

Look, I hope Congress steps up and does exactly that. Passing an exception for those who came here illegally at a young age seems like it would be the fair thing to do. And to that point, I think Laura Ingraham speaks with a lot of clarity on DACA. Her commentary usually runs a tad hot for me, but Ingraham was spot on during "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning when she said, "We don't rule by emotion, we rule by law." If we are going to protect certain immigrants from what many have described as unfair deportations, we will first have to get a law on the books that does exactly that.

Oh and by the way, let's not forget that DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. …

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