Last week, I wrote about the abuse by the Forward regarding an article I submitted on DACA.This is the column as submitted to them.
It took a Category 5 hurricane to halt the hysteria over the Trump Administration’s decision to force Congress to create legislation that would deal with individuals brought by their parents to the United States as children, an illegal act. It is now time for Jewish leaders to help forge a solution.
You know that in 2012 President Obama issued an executive order, now known as DACA, that established a process allowing children who had entered the country illegally to stay here after meeting certain conditions. This executive order was issued after Mr. Obama stated publicly on multiple occasions that he did not have the constitutional authority to do so and the authority rested with Congress. After Obama issued the order he stated: “Let’s be clear: this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix.”
Once President Trump announced that he was giving the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) a six-month period to have Congress pass legislation dealing with the program within the framework of the law, he was viciously and widely attacked by the organized Jewish Community and others, including his predecessor. As stated by legal expert Andrew McCarthy, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, “It is remarkable to find Obama condemning Trump for ending a program Trump has not actually ended while simultaneously defending DACA on prosecutorial principles, which Obama invoked, but did not follow, and which Trump is actually following while preserving Obama’s unconstitutional program.”
The Jewish Community chimed in with overwrought statements. David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, called Trump’s action “a betrayal of the nation’s soul.” He stated “I am saddened and ashamed.” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO said, “This action by the president and his administration is cruel, unnecessary and inconsistent with the core values of our Country.” In a more civil tone, but wholly overstated, David Bernstein, CEO of JCPA, added,
“Our government made a promise to protect these young people who were brought to this country as children, who know no other country but the United States, and who seek only to live and work without fear.”
On these pages, the tone was even less civil. Professor Samuel G. Freedman of Columbia University used terminology that could only be meant to assuage his own distaste for Trump and added little to the discussion of how to solve our immigration policy failings. Using terminology such as demolish, vengeful, bully-coward, ruthless act as…