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Tyler Cowen

Rule of Law Can't Ignore Human Costs

DACA friends and foes should remember that immigration enforcement is always going to be selective.
The people behind the idea.

The people behind the idea.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

What exactly do we mean by the rule of law? Some recent dilemmas have forced us to re-examine that question, particularly on the topic of immigration. Advocates of a looser policy have had to face the question of whether they are in sync with American laws.

One of the more emotionally wrenching stories this week concerns a 39-year-old Mexican, Jorge Garcia, who lived in the U.S. for 30 years. He was just deported and forced to leave his citizen wife and two children behind, with no prospect of a legal return, at least not without changes in the law. He came to this country when he was  10, brought in by illegal immigrant parents, but he is too old to be protected by DACA provisions.