Our Constitution was supposed to make America a nation of laws, not of men.


That changed when President Barack Obama put aside the classes of deportable aliens listed in section 237(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and created his own list of deportable alien classes.

The Democrats are still restricting deportations, but they are doing it now by preventing Trump from receiving the funds he needs for effective enforcement measures. Moreover, they make enforcement costly for him politically by demonizing him whenever he initiates a significant enforcement measure.

They didn't have to resort to such tactics. They could have just replaced the INA with their own immigration bill during the early years of the Obama administration.

From January 2009 to January 2011, they had a majority in the House, and until Scott Brown’s special election in 2010, they had enough votes in the Senate to stop a filibuster. They were able to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate.

In fact, one of Obama's campaign promises was that there would be an immigration bill during his first year in office.

So, what happened?


The Democrats demonize Trump by attacking his character and his intentions instead of addressing the merits of his enforcement measures, which students of logic call the "Ad Hominem Fallacy."


Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...-for-democrats

Published initially on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @NolanR1