David Clarke: ‘You Have to Strip Away the Emotion’ from DACA Debate

Former Milwaukee sheriff says it's time for lawmakers 'to put on their big-boy pants and do their job'

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 06 Sep 2017 at 12:29 PM

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said that once “you strip away the emotion” clouding the national debate over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it’s an “easy” decision to make. He spoke during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

Clarke, who announced Tuesday that he would be joining a pro-President Donald Trump super PAC, blasted liberals and moderate Republicans who ripped into Trump for announcing Tuesday that he would be ending DACA with a six-month delay allowing Congress time to act. Saying that former President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by creating DACA through an executive order in 2012, Clarke praised Trump for sending DACA “squarely where it belongs.”

"I'm just getting tired of all the crocodile tears being shed by the people on the Left — people like [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer, other liberal organizations — about the plight of these individuals," he said. "And it is high time in America for the GOP especially — I think all leaders — but for the GOP in Congress to put on their big-boy pants and do their job."

Ever since reports began circulating over the weekend that Trump would end DACA, Democrats and many Republicans announced their support for legal status for the roughly 800,000 so-called dreamers, recipients of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Clarke, a staunch supporter of immigration enforcement, lauded Trump for sending DACA to Congress instead of issuing an executive order that dealt with the dilemma himself.

"President Trump put this thing, DACA, squarely where it belongs, and it's in the Congress," he said. "Under Article 1, Section 8, it says that Congress shall form rules on naturalization — not the president of the United States through an executive action. So actually what President Trump did in reversing this Obama-era policy was restore the Constitution and the rule of law."

But the Left, especially, appears to be incapable of having this discussion because it allows emotions to cloud the conversation, Clarke said.

"You have to strip away the emotion. When you strip away the emotion, this is an easy thing to arrive at," he said. "The Constitution is not secondary. The Constitution is primary. It is the bedrock of this republic and of our representative democracy. So for people today who just kind of want to chew it away, this is a very slippery slope."

But the country allowed Obama to "sidestep the Constitution" for "eight years" while "nobody said a damn thing," Clarke lamented.

"Now all of a sudden President Trump comes along to restore the rule of law and put the Constitution at its rightful place at the heart of everything that we do, whether it be politically, whether it be legislatively. And all of a sudden he's the bad guy," the former sheriff said. "This is just — it's almost like you wake up some days and you say, 'Is this real?'"

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