The core of Donald Trump’s platform was his promise to restore law and order by building a wall to control the border and rescinding President Barack Obama’s executive actions. This emphasis appealed to Americans who see unenforced laws and crave order.
But enforcing the law will create more disorder, not less.
Our legal system has a simple premise: Everything is allowed except that which is outlawed. Our immigration law is entirely backward: Everything is outlawed unless it is specifically allowed. All immigrants are banned unless the government specifically allows them. Every legal immigrant has to fit into a specific, numerically capped and arbitrary government category.