Lewis Denounces DACA Ruling as Judicial Activism

Lewis Denounces DACA Ruling as Judicial Activism

June 18, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“Liberal activist judges on the Supreme Court, sadly including Justice Roberts once again, ruled that President Trump may not reverse what Obama himself admitted he had no power to do. This is judicial activism, plain and simple, and something I look forward to tackling when I’m in the Senate by appointing Constitutional conservatives to the courts.

As a policy matter, I voted for two immigration reform bills in the House that would have fixed the Dreamer problem, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Tina Smith wanted nothing to do with it because it funded border security, including a wall. Instead they have continued with their radical plans for open borders by abolishing ICE and sanctuary cities.

As a legal matter, the Court’s opinion is quite inscrutable, given the fact the it was President Obama who did not follow precedent or ‘or­di­nary rule-mak­ing’ pro­ce­dures when he granted DACA recipients ‘undocumented status’ in the first place. And in remarkably stark contrast to Obama’s earlier proclamations, saying In October 2010, ‘I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.’ He further elaborated the next year, declaring, ‘I can’t just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case’ and acknowledged that he couldn’t ‘just bypass Congress and change the [immigration] law myself…That’s not how a democracy works.’  

In the 115th Congress, Democrats refused to back a simple resolution honoring the brave men and women at ICE. That’s an outrage considering our border agents apprehended and arrested more than 120,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions or charges, including human trafficking, in 2017 alone. They also seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics. In 2018, a Shakopee woman was brutally killed by an illegal immigrant charged with 2nd degree murder and whose past criminal history includes numerous misdemeanor convictions, three DUIs and one felony domestic assault conviction. He was deported by ICE in 2012 but illegally re-entered the United States sometime later. Yet now we hear the inexplicable chants ‘No border, no wall, no USA at all’ from radical leftist groups like Antifa while Democrats like Tina Smith continue their war on law enforcement.”

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