Obama’s War on Immigrants

As with everything else about the U.S. police state that is often associated with Republicans and the right, the Obama administration has pushed the envelope and showed itself to be as draconian as Bush. Deportations of illegal aliens—as in, people without the federal government’s permission to be here—have increased under Obama, including deportations of those whose only crime was to violate unconstitutional immigration law. It seems like it’s been since the Reagan years that we’ve had a president willing to move in a more humane direction on this issue. Perhaps Bush offered some hope, but that was before 9/11 swept away any establishment interest in normalizing illegals or doing anything that would undermine federal power.

Anthony Gregory is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the Independent books, American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment and The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror.
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