Attorney's reminder to Sotomayor: Judges don't make policy

Friday, November 15, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Supreme CourtArguments were heard at the Supreme Court this week over President Donald Trump's push to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – and while conservative justices seemed ready to rule in favor of President Trump, a liberal justice urged them to think twice.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the Trump White House has not adequately justified its reasoning to end the DACA program that former President Barack Obama created by executive order after attempts to get the legislation through Congress failed.

Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, contended that the Trump administration has failed to plainly say "that this is not about the law – this is about our choice to destroy lives." She also feels the Trump administration hasn't taken sufficient account of the personal, economic, and social disruption that might result if the program ends.

Hamilton

Abraham Hamilton III, general counsel for the American Family Association, argues that it's not the job of judges to make policy. "That's what policymakers do," he emphasizes.

"… If a sitting president can no longer rescind an executive order from a prior president solely because Supreme Court justices prefer the prior president's opinion on the issue, we have eviscerated the separation of powers completely," Hamilton adds.

Hamilton made his comments earlier this week on American Family Radio.


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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