Another Issue Dapa Faced Was That Mitch Mcconnell Delayed
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Another issue DAPA faced was that Mitch McConnell delayed confirmation hearings of Merrick Garland. McConnell is the current Majority Leader in the Senate, and he argued that no president can appoint a Supreme Court Justice on an election year, even though it is nowhere stated in the United States Constitution. Under the Checks and Balances powers of the Legislative Branch, the Senate can deny confirmation of a Judge appointed by the Executive branch. The Senate cannot deny the confirmation hearing of a nominated Supreme Court Justice as this is one of the Executive branch’s constitutional rights.
Because of the struggle to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice, former President Obama was left with very little choice. However, another…show more content…
However, since DACA was an executive order, it’s future remains unclear as any president can revoke the executive order. Even if the order is revoked by the president, Congress has the power to introduce a bill, and if passed, can provide legal protection to illegal immigrants.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the institutions and laws regarding immigration, we can now discuss the Bridge Act and what it seeks to reform. The Bridge Act was first introduced in the Senate on December 9th, 2016, and is sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham. Its cosponsors include Senator Richard J. Durbin, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Jeff Flake, and Senator Charles E. Schumer. It was then introduced in the House of Representatives on January 12th, 2017, and is sponsored by Representative Mike Hoffman. It has twenty-one cosponsors in the House.
There are several goals that are contained within the Bridge Act. First, the Bridge Act seeks that the Department of Homeland Security, “…grant a three-year provisional protected presence to a qualifying alien,” (H.R.496 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): BRIDGE Act). This will allow immigrants who do not qualify for citizenship renewable protection every three years. Unlike DACA, however, these protections cannot be revoked by executive action if the bill is passed. The Bridge Act will also ensure that the Department of Homeland Security, “…may not remove the alien from the United States unless such