House Republicans seem convinced that executive action on immigration (or anything else) must be illegal. According to the New Republic, both Presidents Reagan and Bush took executive action on immigration (as Obama wants to). The Atlantic’s David Frum wrote about Reagan’s executive actions on immigration. “Reagan and Bush acted in conjunction with Congress and in furtherance of a congressional purpose,” Frum writes. “Nobody wanted to deport the still-illegal husband of a newly legalized wife.
“Reagan’s (relatively small) and Bush’s (rather larger) executive actions tidied up these anomalies.”
In other words, it would be unfair if Reagan and Bush deported children and spouses of newly-legalized immigrants. In fact, Bush’s executive action was called the “family fairness” program.
It begs the question, “Why can’t President Obama do what Reagan and Bush did?”