Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Don’t Sacrifice Rule of Law for a DACA Fix

As Congress ties itself in knots attempting to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, one critical issue appears conspicuously absent from the debate: the rule of law.
It is a topic that Republicans should know pretty well by now.
During President Obama’s two terms, Republicans routinely excoriated his administration for its casual relationship with the law, particularly in the area of immigration enforcement. “Lawlessness” is how many Republicans characterized Obama’s approach, particularly his unilateral executive action to institute the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, even compiled a list of what he described as the Obama’s Administration’s “non-enforcement” of federal immigration laws.
For years, fealty to the rule of law has formed the basis for Republican efforts to end sanctuary cities, take stronger enforcement actions against illegal immigrants who commit crimes, and raise opposition to amnesty on the grounds that it is fundamentally unfair to the legal immigrants who “wait their turn” and “follow the law.”
However, in contemplating a massive amnesty for upwards of 2 million people, Republicans are threatening to undo not just their political credibility, but also risk the future of our immigration policies and our ability, as a country, to maintain a just and stable public order.
Read the rest from Rachel Bovard HERE.

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