Wednesday, January 10, 2018

U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

This illustrates the axiom that you can pretty much find a wacko federal judge somewhere in the country who will make any crazy ruling you need. I hate getting into a position of defending Trump, but he made an executive order countering a previous executive order. Given that there is no law covering the situation (the reason why Obama made the order in the first place), it's hard to see how the judiciary would possibly have the right to review the case at all, let alone to say that a previous President's executive order takes precedence over that of the current President.

Judges are not supposed to be ruling on things because they disagree with them, but rather because there is a legal basis for doing so, but the judge in his decision simply decided to make his own law based on what he thought was right. He wrote, “Before DACA, Individual Plaintiffs, brought to America as children, faced a tough set of life and career choices turning on the comparative probabilities of being deported versus remaining here. DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce.” Do you hear any legal argument there? All I hear is an inappropriate predisposition to make a ruling based upon his opinion rather than the legal issues. What he wrote is totally accurate - and totally irrelevant to the legal process. Actually, it's worse than irrelevant, since he basically admits in his own ruling that he is biased against the Trump order! It would, however, be perfectly sane coming from the legislative branch, and that's where it needs to get resolved.

Personally, I don't think we should be giving conservative nutbags more ammunition for their angry assault on judicial overreach. This sort of legislating from the bench even pisses me off - and I agree with the Dreamer program. Imagine how angry those who oppose it must be. On the other hand, Congress can resolve the matter immediately by passing a reasonable and compassionate law, which they should have done in the first place.

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