When President Barack Obama issued his 2014 executive amnesty order – DAPA – Republicans were outraged. Their anger, though, was only minimally centered around the specific effects of the decree. Yes, it would put a costly burden on those states forced to provide drivers’ licenses and work permits for illegal immigrants protected by the order. Yes, it would open the door to another surge across the border. Yes, it would have a devastating effect on American citizens already facing tough competition for unskilled labor positions. All of that was true.
But even if Obama’s order would have had little effect on the ground, Republicans would have been just as compelled to oppose the DAPA order with every legal tool at their disposal. Because the most dangerous aspect of Obama’s executive action was not about illegal immigration at all; it was about the boundaries of the president’s power.
Now we’re faced with the same crisis in reverse.
No competent legal scholar can reasonably argue that the president of the United States does not possess the authority to limit immigration. No lawyer who isn’t utterly blinded by his own liberal agenda can seriously believe that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was justified in maintaining a block on President Trump’s 90-day travel ban.
But they did it anyway, much to the delight of ignorant Democrats everywhere.
Just look at this bizarre and stunning part of the court’s opinion:
Even if the claims based on the due process rights of lawful permanent residents were no longer part of this case, the States would continue to have potential claims regarding possible due process rights of other persons who are in the United States, even if unlawfully.
Yes, the court ruled that not only was it unlawful for Trump to ban travelers previously granted legal U.S. residence status, but that he may have trampled the rights of immigrants who have no business in the country to begin with. Put plainly, this court believes that the law does not permit the president of the United States to ban ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS from our nation!
This goes well beyond the threat of terrorism. This is an attack on the rule of law.
If Trump ultimately loses this case, immigrants from Yemen will be the least of our worries. The real threat to our nation isn’t coming from the Middle East; it’s coming from our own courtrooms.