On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump is rescinding unconstitutional protections for DACA recipients with a six month delay, and Senator Rand Paul already has a proposal to maximize Republicans benefiting from an inevitable compromise.
“The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions announced on Tuesday.
Sessions added that the executive branch under Obama “deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions.”
In a comment about the DACA announcement, Senator Paul announced that he would like to see the receipients stay in the country, with some major immigration reform.
“President Obama’s executive order was illegal. However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion,” Paul said in a comment provided to Big League Politics. “There are ways to make sure people who have been here for many years since childhood are allowed to stay, including reducing immigration in other areas and reforming it. Congress will need to address this problem.”
While Senator Paul agrees with Trump rescinding the order on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, he is against deporting those who have benefited from the program — and doesn’t think it would ever happen in the first place. Therefore, the Kentucky senator has decided to try and pair a compromise with funding for border security and limits on immigration.
According to sources close to Paul, the senator is planning to introduce a bill or an amendment that will allow current DACA recipients to stay, but will subtract the number from the immigration limits for a number of years so that there is no net increase.
While many may immediately say this is unfair to those in line to immigrate to the United States properly, Paul’s plan would not allow DACA recipients to gain citizenship — they would simply be allowed to remain here and continue to work. Paul also believes that all welfare should be cut off for those who are not US citizens.
While his plan may not be quite what Trump called for during his campaign, with Republicans like John McCain and Paul Ryan constantly bending over for the Democrats and supporting amnesty, Senator Paul hopes that serious immigration reform can be part of the deal. Even Senator Tom Cotton, a top immigration hawk, is supporting legalization in the DACA dealings.
“No chance, zero, that these people aren’t legalized,” a source close to Paul told Big League Politics. “Question turns to how to handle citizenship and welfare — and what serious reforms could be added as part of the deal.”