I do not know if it was constitutional for President Barack Obama to take executive action in establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), but it was the right thing to do. I strongly disagree with Tim Robinson’s contention in the letter “President Trump did the right thing on DACA” (Sept. 6) that President Donald Trump’s plan to end DACA in six months “is not xenophobic.”
The suggestion that a Congress led by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will affirm DACA is fanciful. I can’t think of anything the Republican leadership has done which benefits immigrants.
As for Congressional responsibility, there is a much higher priority. Take Mr. Trump and all future presidents out-of-the-loop for launching a nuclear weapon. It is terrifying to think Donald has access to the “nuclear football.”
Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. We need our legislators to take the football from the Oval Office.
Regarding DACA, it is important to know our history. President James Polk, an imperialist, took from Mexico wide swaths of land which today are part of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Remember the Alamo, as its defenders were there to steal land to make it a slave state.
About 140 years later, the Reagan-Bush administration waged war on the people of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. One consequence is that people from these countries, except Nicaragua, are fleeing ultra-violence and economic distress caused in part by U.S. imperialism.
Max Obuszewski, Baltimore
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