Attorney General Jeff Sessions is right on DACA, only Congress can repeal a law

Aug. 6, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions on his stand against District Judge John Bates’ ruling attempting to compel President Donald Trump not to enforce U.S. immigration law when it comes to minors arriving illegally:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exactly right. The executive branch cannot repeal law by simply writing a letter stating that U.S. immigration law no longer applies to entire classes of illegal immigrants, in this case minors who enter the country illegally. Yet that is what District Judge John Bates would have the nation believe, upending more than 200 years of constitutional governance and obliterating the separation of powers, saying, in effect, that the President is no longer allowed to enforce the law because the prior President abdicated his responsibility to do so.

“Attorney General Sessions decision to stand for the constitutional rule of law and fight this decision is why he is invaluable as our nation’s Attorney General. Restoring the rule of law while coming out of an age of lawlessness is essential to the fundamental principles of equal justice and law by the consent of the governed which underpin our republic.  The legitimacy of the implied power of judicial review depends greatly on the presumption that basic constitutional structures, like Congress making law, will be followed by judges. But today there is an increasing trend of court decisions that appear to depend entirely on who is in the White House. That is the end of constitutional governance, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be universally praised for standing in the gap for the rule of law.”

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