Isakson is on the right side of an issue for a change: he believes that “Dreamers” should be allowed to stay in the U.S. However, he’s been all over the place with immigration issues in the past, how do we know that he isn’t supporting Dreamers now, only to vote against them staying in the future?
In 2014, Isakson was one of the 22 Republican senators to work with Ted Cruz and declare Obama’s executive order, that temporarily protected 5 million immigrants from being deported, unconstitutional. Isakson voted in favor of Cruz’s measure stating, “I also voted to condemn the president’s amnesty executive action by supporting a point of order tonight declaring it unconstitutional.”
Isakson also voted against funding going to sanctuary cities. He referred to the cities that limit their cooperation with national efforts to find and deport undocumented people, as “unconstitutional.” He also voted against comprehensive immigration reform.
However, on the positive side, Isakson questioned Trump’s immigration order banning refugees earlier this year. He said at the time that he hoped Trump would consult his national security team and Senate members to try to find a plan that wouldn’t “infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding U.S. citizens.”
Regarding the recent DACA change, Isakson commented to the AJC, “Children who received status under President Obama’s deferred action executive order should not be punished for their parents’ choices. Congress should protect these young people while also working toward stronger measures to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws going forward.”
So far, Isakson’s support has been ambiguous. However, hopefully he will continue to support, and vote for, the positions he’s taken so far this year. It’s time for the Senator to put his money where his mouth is.
Better Georgia has launched a petition urging Trump not to deport the Dreamers. Sign the petition here.