There is no group of people showered with more adulation than those granted amnesty under Obama’s illegal “DACA” program. Even Republicans speak approvingly of the “dreamers,” and there is near-consensus among the political class to protect “DACA,” as if it were a statute passed unanimously by Congress (like immigration enforcement laws!) or enshrined in the Constitution. For years, we were told that these people were the greatest among us, people who are valedictorians and are destined for a bright future. Well, if that is the case, why are they suing us to access welfare?
Yesterday, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and CASA de Maryland filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against the Trump administration’s new rule, which finally enforces our public charge laws in our legal immigration system.
So, who are the parties to the lawsuit? Two illegal aliens! They are suing a law that is designed to protect taxpayers from giving green cards to those who are likely to become a financial burden. The problem is these two illegal aliens, although granted DACA amnesty by Obama, have no ability to get a green card. Aside from the absurd notion of suing Trump for partially enforcing a much stronger law, there quite literally is no standing in this case. Yet they are now treating DACA as if it is a legal category making illegal immigrants eligible for green cards.
More broadly, this lawsuit exposes another farce about the “dream” amnesty crowd. What happened to the valedictorians and entrepreneurs? How could advocates, on the one hand, tout these people as the most industrious folks in the country, but on the other hand sue the administration’s very weak public charge policy? Under the proposed rule, applicants can still receive funding from emergency medical assistance, disaster relief, national school lunch programs, WIC or CHIP, foster care and adoption, student and mortgage loans, energy assistance, food pantries and homeless shelters, Head Start, and refundable tax credits – and still not be considered a public charge. All pregnant women and children can still receive Medicaid.
I thought these people were all net contributors in the tax system. Well, we seem to get the truth from lawsuits. Nothing reveals the true motivations like lawfare.