President Trump has arranged a soft landing for the illegal immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's unconstitutional DACA program. Now it's up to Congress to craft a solution for this unique category of illegal immigrants — in a way that doesn't do more harm than good.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program might well have ended abruptly Tuesday, by judicial order, since 10 states had threatened to sue if the administration didn't act — with a deadline of this week. Instead, the nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants will be able to keep their work permits for up to 2.5 more years, as the program is wound down.
Whatever the merits of the individuals involved — illegal immigrants who sneaked across the border or overstayed a visa before age 16 — the DACA program itself is illegal and had to be ended. No less an authority than Obama said in 2011 that enacting what would eventually become DACA "would not conform with my appropriate role as President."
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