Brett Samuels, The Hill, August 6, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday vowed to press forward with the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite a judge’s ruling last week that it must be restored.
“Not only did the Trump Administration have the authority to withdraw this guidance letter, it had a duty to do so,” Sessions said in a statement.
“The judicial branch has no power to eviscerate the lawful directives of Congress — nor to enjoin the executive branch from enforcing such mandates,” Sessions said.
“We have recently witnessed a number of decisions in which courts have improperly used judicial power to steer, enjoin, modify, and direct executive policy,” he added.
President Trump has repeatedly sought to pin the blame for the program’s limbo on Democrats. However, three separate bipartisan measures and a White House-backed bill that addressed DACA all failed in the GOP-held Senate in February.