Upholding the law when it's difficult

Upholding the law when it's difficult

May 9th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

There is little debate among the American people about upholding laws such as those against bank robbery, murder or aggravated assault. Almost everyone recognizes the need to punish such acts.

But the law should also be upheld even when it may have less "popular" results.

For no good reason, the governor of Connecticut and the state's two U.S. senators recently intervened on behalf of an illegal alien and secured for him the undeserved "right" to stay in the United States - probably for good.

The alien, who is now an adult, had been brought to the United States as a child by his family, and he had done well in school. We commend him on his work ethic.

But that does not change the fact that he was in this country in violation of our laws.

That makes it troubling that Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy used their "pull" to gain permission for the young man to stay in the United States.

Even more troubling, nearly two dozen Senate Democrats have asked President Barack Obama to suspend deportations of large numbers of illegal aliens, The New York Times reported. The Democrats are upset over the defeat last year of an amnesty bill that would have halted deportations of many illegal alien college students. Now, even though the bill failed, they want the president to halt the deportations anyway - by executive order.

That's outrageous! The Congress of the United States considered the amnesty bill and defeated it. Members of Congress certainly should not be urging the president to enforce a law that was never enacted!

That shows serious contempt for the rule of law, and it is a suggestion that the president surely should reject.