Disdain of law does not help America

Perhaps Mr. Merrick would be kind enough to cite where in the Constitution the president is empowered to alter US law via executive order.

When Congress rejected the DREAM Act, the president simply directed the secretary of Homeland Security to disregard the existing law and not prosecute illegal aliens. This clearly is not “faithfully executing the laws of the U.S.”

Attempted illegal entries are greatly increased because the president publicly refused to faithfully execute existing immigration law and thereby encouraged an explosion of illegal immigration.

The number of “deportations” reported by the administration is wildly inflated because rejecting entry into the US is being inaccurately reported as deportation. The New York Times in April reported that “Court deportations dropped 43% since 2009,” due to the Obama administration’s decision to limit prosecution of illegals. This change in policy was established by executive order and violates established laws.

The essential point of my original letter was that refusing to enforce US laws undermines the rule of law on which American society is built and clearly violates the oath of office of all federal and state officers, including the president.

By his effort to illegally benefit tens of millions of illegal immigrants by refusing to enforce long-established immigration law, the president encourages the erroneous belief that obeying US law is optional. This jeopardizes legal citizens who become direct and indirect victims of resultant lawlessness.

This disdain for the rule of law is exacerbated by the executive’s directed early release from prison of convicted illegal alien criminals (without required subsequent deportation) and the undocumented distribution within the US of entering illegal aliens convicted of crimes in their homeland; or clearly members of violent gangs – a violation of every US Immigration law since 1870 and a violation of common sense.

BTW, it appears that unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been released to undocumented and unverified “sponsors” in many cases with no record of where they have been sent, in violation of established law.

It is irrational to presume that official disdain for the rule of law will yield good results for America.

Frank D. Banta

Newnan



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