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The Bogus Rule of Law Argument Behind Trump’s Deportation Crackdown: New at Reason

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 13:17
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Within weeks of assuming office, Donald Trump has cranked up the govenment’s deportation machinery to eject undocumented workers from the country. But as he doesFence and Flag so, a resistance movement is also rising to challenge and subvert him. Indeed, for every city that signs up to assist the feds in their deportation efforts, new sanctuary cities and civic groups are emerging to stop them, setting the stage for a moral showdown not unlike the one that the country saw in the run up to the Civil War, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia.

Despite the obvious differences between slavery and immigration, fugitive slaves were the illegal immigrants of their time, banned by law from selling their labor to whomever they wanted wherever they wanted. And the harsh efforts to enforce the law against illegal immigrants will be thwarted for the same reason that those against fugitive slaves were: They depend, paradoxically, on an increasingly lawless uses of state violence.

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