Trump sim­ply right­ing wrong

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - HESSIE L. HAR­RIS Sil­ver Spring, Mary­land

Those at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s as­ser­tion that he will is­sue ex­ec­u­tive or­ders ad­verse to “birthright cit­i­zen­ship” and open­bor­ders asy­lum de­mands were strangely silent when then Pres­i­dent Obama re­peat­edly acted at vari­ance to the con­gres­sional con­sti­tu­tional prov­ince with re­gard to im­mi­gra­tion laws.

The most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple is DACA, which Mr. Obama cre­ated by ex­ec­u­tive or­der be­cause Congress re­fused to cre­ate it by leg­is­la­tion. It grants nearly all of the ben­e­fits of cit­i­zen­ship to il­le­gal aliens based on the ques­tion­able ra­tio­nale that their il­le­gal-alien par­ents are re­spon­si­ble for their pres­ence. It also grants priv­i­leges that abridge the rights of Amer­i­cans. DACA is clearly un­con­sti­tu­tional, yet out­law judges have con­sis­tently is­sued de­crees negat­ing Mr. Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders to right that wrong. They are all on ap­peal.

In con­trast to Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump’s pro­posed ac­tions are to pro­tect and pre­serve Amer­ica from the ex­cesses and con­se­quences of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. Ul­ti­mately the mat­ter will be de­cided by the U.S. Supreme Court due to Congress’ ab­di­ca­tion of its re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Sim­i­larly, Pres­i­dent Lin­coln took such ac­tion to pro­tect and pre­serve the United States by is­su­ing an ex­ec­u­tive or­der, the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion, di­rected at the slave-hold­ing se­ceded states no longer func­tion­ing as part of the United States. It was not un­til af­ter the Civil War that the 13th Amend­ment was passed and rat­i­fied, which put an end to slav­ery.

Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is an is­sue of na­tional emer­gency, as was slav­ery.

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