Executive Action: Misguided But Predictable Response to Total Dysfunction [Hub Debate]

President Obama’s about to effect some sort of immigration reform via executive action. The word on the street is that it will involve shielding illegal immigrants without a criminal record from deportation and expanding the Presidentially-effected Dream Act, which — in my opinion — is an improvement on our current immigration situation and something that I would likely support via legislative action. But that’s really neither here nor there (at least for purposes of this debate).  After all, one really gets the sense that the current tempest over immigration seems to be…

Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…

Want to Fix the Immigration Problem? First Fix Our Outdated Laws [Hub Debate]

While there has rightly been a lot of concern about the plight of tens of thousands of children along the US/Mexico border, the debate seems to come down to how to make the border more secure. That certainly is one important part of the immigration debate, but instead of asking how we can effectively fortify 1,945 miles of inhospitable border, we should be asking why so many people are trying to cross it at all costs instead of immigrating to the United States through the proper channels.

President Obama has become a constitutional squatter

During my first year at the University of Chicago Law School, while wading through painfully obscure court decisions from hundreds of year ago, I learned that under English Common Law individuals who had no ownership rights in a piece of property could establish “squatters rights” by taking exclusive possession of the property and staying there for a long period of time. The courts of those days reasoned, correctly, that if a rightful property owner did not seek to exercise and enforce his rights within a reasonable amount of time, then…

Immigration reform is a moral issue

As a staunch conservative Republican and former Utah Republican Party Chair, I believe “Freedom,” “Liberty” and “God-given rights” are more than mere words in America. They are the foundational beliefs upon which we have built the greatest nation on Earth. They also are the principles that should guide us on the issue of immigration. In the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders wrote:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are…