Yesterday I was invited to speak to a class at The Evergreen State College about Executive Action (DACA and DAPA programs). I learned some things myself when I did.
First – its just prosecutorial discretion. Consider the policeman who pulls you over when you have been speeding. He does not HAVE to give you a ticket…. and the ICE deportation machine does NOT have to carry out a deportation just because it knows someone is here without documents.
So whats all the fuss? Why are the republicans in congress and republican governors so bent on taking it down? I suppose its this — Once in a protected status, the government already has a system to offer offer temporary work permission, which feels like, but is not, fully legal status. So it looks like, but is not – legalization (some would say amnesty). Those who oppose don’t like that this program looks like a law that really should be passed by Congress… (by them!) It looks like a law, and they don’t think that the president has the authority to announce a program that looks like a law. And so they filed a lawsuit (Texas v. U.S.) that has temporarily blocked the program.