The United States Contracts With Illegal Immigrants Essay examples

1268 Words Oct 19th, 2016 6 Pages
In 2014, President Obama announced broad executive action to change the way the United States deals with illegal immigrants.. The action contained various clauses, but the most controversial were the ones involving the deferment of deportation for an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants. Responses to this executive action varied, with some in favor, and others vehemently opposed. This action raises both moral and legal questions regarding the responsibilities of the president and the limits of executive power, however I argue that it is impossible to definitively determine whether or not the action was justified because there are many equally legitimate yet opposing arguments both for and against President Obama’s executive action.
One moral dilemma in this issue is that of the president’s personal responsibility vs. his responsibility to the position. The oath of office the recently elected president swears upon his inauguration states: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The second of these clauses delineates the president’s duty to uphold the Constitution. The first demands that the president execute the Office of President, the responsibilities of which are laid out in Article II of the Constitution. By that standard, the president’s first responsibility is to uphold the law, which for some is…

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