The Obama administration’s courageous decision to grant innocent, undocumented youth protection from deportation makes good sense from a moral, economic, and political perspective. Here are five reasons why:
First, and most importantly, it is the right thing to do. These kids are blameless and a clear national consensus has emerged that they should be given the opportunity to earn the American Dream. This is why opponents of the president, excepting radical extremists like Rep. Steve King, have chosen to attack the legality of the action rather than the substance of the policy. Unfortunately for them, the president’s legal authority to do this is irrefutable.
Second, it is smart law enforcement. Every administration has to make choices about how to deploy law enforcement resources. And it makes no sense to focus resources on individuals who everyone agrees are in violation of the law through no fault of their own. So temporarily taking these kids out of the enforcement matrix until Congress can fulfill its responsibilities allows the enforcement agencies to better focus on removing those who actually pose a threat.This article was originally published in U.S. News and World Report.