“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Gaius has even linked to the very laws which grant the executive branch those powers.
An illegal is stopped by the cops and the cops ask how long that person has been in the US the illegal replies more than five years. The cop cannot prove otherwise and the illegal is not required to prove so the illegal goes about their business. American tragedy.
Other recent precedents have been part of the contemporary debate. In 1985, during the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, Congress passed a reform bill that shielded some 3 million immigrants from deportation. The bill, however, did not include family members and Reagan responded to this flaw by halting the deportation of their children without waiting for Congress to act. In fact, Congress failed to act during his tenure and Reagan's Republican successor, George H. W. Bush, acted unilaterally to protect families from breakup through deportation. Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush also used presidential powers to make policy on immigration.
Reagan and Bush Sr. both used executive order to circumvent congress' do nothing on the topic. What say you about the constitutionality of that?