If Washington worked as it should, President Barack Obama would not have directed the Department of Homeland Security to refrain from prosecuting many young, undocumented immigrants.
If Washington worked as it should, Congress would have beaten him to the punch, protecting valuable immigrants while focusing resources on deporting dangerous ones.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — better known as the DREAM Act — had strong Republican support when drafted a decade ago.
GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio was proposing a bill nearly identical to the directive issued by Obama, until Obama took action.
As House Speaker John Boehner put it, Obama’s action “puts everyone in a difficult position” that makes passage of legislation unlikely.
Why so difficult? Because Obama’s support of any policy guarantees opposition from Congress. Whether the issue is cap-and-trade or individual mandates or deficit reduction, the House flees if Obama agrees.
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