CHICAGO – When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan first took her oath of office in 2003, she said these words:
I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of attorney general, according to the best of my ability.
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan's daughter said those words again in 2007, 2011, and most recently in January 2015.
Wednesday, she joined 15 other attorneys general suing President Donald Trump and his Administration for rescinding former President Barack Obama's executive order setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the president rescinded the program in order for Congress to revisit the nation's immigration laws and reflect the people's will concerning those who came with their parents into America illegally.
Sessions said in his remarks Tuesday,
The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, work authorization and other benefits, including participation in the social security program, to 800,000 mostly-adult illegal aliens.
This policy was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern after Congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions to this same group of illegal aliens.
In other words, the executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.
That, President Trump decided, needed to be corrected – and a constitutional solution found.
In July 2017, AG Madigan's office urged Trump to continue the program – despite being determined it is unconstitutional – saying, "Since 2012, over 42,000 Illinoisans have been approved to participate in the DACA program. Many of those individuals have already successfully renewed their DACA status for an additional two-year period."
Her office refuted arguments set forth by those opposing DACA and threatening litigation, saying they are “wrong as a matter of law and policy,” and urged the President not to “capitulate” to their demands:
DACA is consistent with a long pattern of presidential exercises of prosecutorial discretion. DACA sensibly guides immigration officials’ exercise of their enforcement discretion and reserves limited resources to address individuals who threaten our communities, not those who contribute greatly to them. Challenges have been brought against the original DACA program, including in the Fifth Circuit, but none have succeeded.
The rest of the AG's office's statements HERE.
I’m not surprised Lisa Madigan is defending Obama’s unlawful E.O.
Law Breaker Obama’ unilateral DACA executive order was a violation of his constitutionally granted authority.
The granting of the “executive Power” to the President is not a blank check giving him power to do whatever he wants.
The executive Power is merely the power to put into effect, to implement those Acts of Congress which are within Congress’ enumerated powers. If Congress establishes an uniform Rule of Naturalization (as authorized by Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 4), it is the President’s duty to implement and enforce the law Congress makes. The President is to carry out, to execute Acts of Congress.
It is Trump’s duty to undo Obama’ unlawful E.O.
Lisa, for your information it is congress that makes the laws, not the president
What is PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION?
A privilege given to the prosecuting attorney in deciding whether to prosecute or to plea bargain, recommend parole, etc. ~ source Law Dictionary: What is PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION? definition of PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION (Black’s Law Dictionary)
What is PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION?
A privilege given to the prosecuting attorney in deciding whether to prosecute or to plea bargain, recommend parole, etc.
Lisa the worthless, prosecutorial discretion is not a power granted to the president by the U.S. Constitution. The president has NO lawful power which is noi granted by the U.S. Constitution.
Lisa the partisan politician, if you disagree, then please cite Art, Section, and clause of the U.S. Constitution which grants the president that power. I dare you too, you constitution stomping despot. You give Illinois Third World Banana Republic Justice
Did Lisa Murray Madigan not swear to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States both as a licensed attorney and as an elected official? Did she not graduate from an accredited law school and pass a course in Constitutional Law? If so, why is she attacking the President for abiding by the Federal Constitution and the rule of law?
Shameful political posturing at its worst. So much for Lisa’s integrity.
Why not have the US Congress pass new laws? Oh, because there is no support for Durbin’s Dreamers in Congress. That is why.
President Obama unlawfully and unilaterally changed the law by using an executive order. The granting of the “executive Power” to the President is not a blank check giving him power to do whatever he wants. And neither can congress grant the president power he was not constitutionally granted. The executive Power is merely the power to put into effect, to implement those Acts of Congress which are within Congress’ enumerated powers. Congress makes the laws and congress was granted the authority to make immigration laws. Obama should have been impeached for his obvious malfeasance and despotism.
Lisa Madigan chooses to overlook the fact Obama had no constitutional authority to enact DACA by E.O. It appears Lisa Madigan has contempt for the U.S. Constitution.
“The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means to declare that the government may commit crimes would bring terrible retribution.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis, (1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice, Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 438, 1928
So……how many hundreds of thousands if not millions of Illinois taxpayer dollars is this bankrupt state going to end up spending trying to prove executive orders can’t be rescinded and lose?
Lisa’s major prosecutorial success was closing a penny-ante small-time gambling operation in Maple Park, IL, when she first took office.
But she hasn’t been able to find a corrupt politician in all of Illinois (or is that “prosecutorial discretion?”)
This DACA mess is a FEDERAL issue, as are all immigration issues. By pressing this lawsuit, these Attornies-General are just proving their ignorance and lack of competence for their offices.
She applies it by her political preference.
Illinois now has bright, young GOP candidate for Attorney General, Erika Harold.
She needs people to circulate her petitions.