Boston Herald Kimberly Atkins column

2018-01-11 | Boston Herald

Jan. 11--WASHINGTON -- President Trump is blasting a federal court ruling protecting immigrants brought into the country illegally as children and doubling down his demand that any legislative fix include funding for a border wall.

California-based U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup granted a temporary order barring Trump from ending the policy for those already participating in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Alsup rejected the Trump administration's claim that Obama exceeded his executive authority, adding that Trump's decision to nix the program poses irreparable harm because it "would tear authorized workers from our nation's economy and would prejudice their being able to support themselves and their families, not to mention paying taxes to support our nation."

Trump denounced the ruling yesterday.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts," Trump tweeted yesterday, referring to the appellate court that would hear any appeal of the ruling filed by government.

But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said yesterday that the ruling would not hamper their efforts to hammer out a solution for those who were affected by the rescinded DACA policy and address other immigration system problems.

Republicans unveiled a bill that would boost border security while also providing DACA recipients a three-year permit during which they could "take the existing paths that we have in our system for citizenship," Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) told reporters yesterday.

But any plan that includes a border wall will face opposition by Democrats.

"President Trump also backed off his demand that a DACA deal include an absurdly expensive and ineffective border wall across the entire length of the southern border," top Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said yesterday, referring to Trump's remarks Tuesday that a wall need not be a coast-to-coast physical structure.

But though Trump also said Tuesday that he'd sign whatever deal lawmakers agree to, he clarified yesterday that a border wall must be part of it.

"No, no -- it's got to include the wall," Trump told reporters yesterday. "We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."