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We are continuously being bombarded in the media with DACA and the "Dreamers!" Do you know the origin and meaning of these terms? Recent poll numbers indicate that less than 7 percent of Americans actually know their meaning.

In addressing the illegal immigrant issue in 2012, President Obama signed an Executive Order granting indefinite residence status to 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States as minors and continued to live here illegally. DACA is the acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This Executive Order is also known as the "Dreamer Act," even though it is NOT a law and never was. The action was open end in its application. Yet, in 2016, several states filed suit against the Administration to stop the executive order resulting in a 4-4 deadlock. The lower court decision stayed the executive order effectively stalling DACA.

Now comes President Trump in 2018 sparring with congressional Democrats who doggedly have tried to use the DACA issue to leverage their permanent citizenship. This week, this matter was allowed to bring our entire government to a stand-still. This is nothing short of amazing since the Dreamers as a group is not organized, certainly not citizens, currently have no voting power, yet, were able to grind this country to a halt.

This entire process is a classic display of rotten politics at work in D.C. And, it’s not just Democrats misbehaving. Five Republicans joined them in shutting down the government lead by Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), the true definition of a RHINO (Republican in name only).

But is DACA really about humanity and the right of immigrant children? No! California (425,000) has already implemented laws that have passed their first legal hurdles that allow DACA immigrants the right to vote. Not bad if California can inflate their Democratic voter ranks by 425,000 with the stroke of a pen.

There has been much written about the constitutionality of presidential executive orders. These orders actually go back to George Washington with more than 14,000 having been implemented through Obama. While many have been voided by the courts, they are generally not challenged.  Volumes have been written as to the constitutionality of Obama's Dreamer Executive Order. No court has actually ruled on its applicability, but, under Article 1, Section 6, Clause 4, the U.S. Constitution, immigration and naturalization regulation is reserved to the Congress.

Hopefully, at least for the moment, we are back in operation as a nation. Nevertheless, the Dreamer issue MUST be addressed -- and soon. We cannot continue to spin our wheels and let a group of illegals hold our nation hostage!

Maybe I am naive, but how can we have a Republican president, Republican Senate and Republican House of Representatives and still not get the job done?

A good start would be to purge ourselves of disloyal party members.

James W. Anderson

Talladega