In a move that should probably come as no surprise to anyone, a federal judge — in California, go figure — has decided that the President of the United States cannot perform his duties.
At least that’s how I and many other people seem to read this.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup was hearing motions from the federal government regarding the dismissal of lawsuits filed against the government over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allowed certain children in the country illegally to not be immediately deported.
If you remember, this was an immigration measure put into place by then-President Barack Obama through executive order. A similar plan for the children’s parents — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans — was instituted later; however, DAPA was ruled unconstitutional and was rescinded by the Trump administration.
Similarly, news reports indicate DACA was to be rescinded, as it was deemed to be just as unconstitutional, hence the five lawsuits.
However, Alsup, who first demanded to see any and all communications the White House put forth on this matter, decided that it will be reinstated in full and ordered the Department of Homeland Security to do so.
That order also required the federal government to renew work permits to DACA recipients.
That is the most egregious example of legislative fiat I’ve heard of. It follows that executive fiat that created the law in the first place.
It begs the question: What is going on in this country?
The three-tiered system of government was instituted to provide checks and balances to keep the government on track. It was never designed to allow one branch authority over the other, and it certainly wasn’t designed to allow a rogue judge to demand anything of the president.
Talk show host Mark Levin pointed out, extremely correctly, that in the case of the judge demanding any communications, it puts the judicial branch in the position of approving steps the other branches would take to begin the lawmaking process. That can’t be, ever.
The system, allowing this, is broken, if it allows a judge to decide that non-citizens have more rights than Americans, and if judges can make policy simply with orders from the bench.
•This week’s Headline of Note comes from msn.com, courtesy of People Magazine: Helen Mirren is shocked to learn her real age.
It’s listed on the site as one of the most-viewed items.
I’m not sure if this is a real issue for her, or if it’s a real deep, meaningful and insightful story for the readers of People and MSN, but I know that it’s probably not anything the rest of the world needs to worry about.
Hey, I’m 35 and proud of it …
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.