Monday, February 6, 2017
The Irony of President Trump's Immigration Executive Orders: He Campaigned Against President Obama's More Modest Executive Actions
Does it seem ironic to anyone that President Trump is now embroiled in controversy over his executive actions on immigration when he campaigned in part challenging President Obama's allegedly unconstitutional executive action on immigration? President Obama's last two years in office were marked by legal challenges to the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, with a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas allowing a lower court injunction barring the President from putting DAPA into effect.
In his first month in office, President Trump has issued three executive orders on immigration that have caused a firestorm of controversy. The Executive Orders generated a great many legal challenges, with the travel ban on nationals from seven predominately nations has been put on hold, at least for the time being. It seems to me that the constitutional challenges to Trump's executive orders are more substantial and formidable than those leveled at DAPA.