After the Supreme Court declined to hear the White House's appeal of a federal judge's ruling to keep DACA going, the March 5 deadline to "fix" the unconstitutional program is moot. Instead, a must-pass $1.3 trillion spending bill with a deadline of March 23 could be the last chance for open border lobbyists and their allies to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens before the midterm elections. The massive "omnibus" spending package could give cover to an equally massive amnesty and Democrats and some Republicans, like Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), are working to make that a reality.
Flake is working with Democrats to include a "DACA fix" as part of the omnibus, which could also be President Trump's last chance to secure money to build the wall along the U.S. - Mexico border, one of his key campaign promises. But GOP leaders are envisioning a longer game, where they get more leverage if the Supreme Court picks up the DACA issue and overrules an injunction by lower courts to temporarily halt President Trump's decision to rescind the program.
In the meantime, the House of Representatives has been given a chance to truly reveal itself as "the people's house," by taking the first steps to fix our broken immigration system. It can do that by passing legislation like the Securing America's Future Act, which not only delivers on many of the enforcement promises made by President Trump during his campaign, but also extends relief to DACA beneficiaries, contingent on fulfillment of other provisions in the bill. The bill would end chain migration and the visa lottery, make E-Verify mandatory, build the border wall and give DACA recipients a renewable three-year legal status.
It is time for the House to lead by example and fulfill the mandate given to them by the American people who voted President Trump into office.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.