Executive Action to Benefit Alien Traffic Offenders

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Since almost the beginning, the Obama administration has distinguished itself from previous administrations by the number and expansive nature of the executive actions it has taken on immigration matters. The goal has been to undermine the enforcement of immigration law and limit the reach of ICE in order to protect a larger and larger number of illegal aliens from deportation.

These actions typically are expressed as guidelines that sound benign, but which in practice also prevent the deportation of illegal aliens involved in crime, or whose behavior has endangered the public. One example is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was sold to the public as deportation relief for young illegal aliens brought here by their parents, through no fault of their own, who have been in school, and have stayed out of trouble.

While no doubt some DACA beneficiaries meet that description, the program operates in such a way as to also benefit less meritorious illegal aliens, including those who have committed crimes or other infractions, are involved in gangs, or who have caused other problems in their community. Additionally, in practice, a substantial number of the DACA recipients are not — and have not been — in school, belying the argument that the program was designed to permit them to obtain secondary education, college degrees, and become “productive members of society”.

Many of these executive actions have been created out of whole cloth as a way of circumventing the legislative prerogatives of our Congress, thus rendering them both constitutionally and legally suspect. In our view, they have also harmed the national interest and public safety…

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