Lost in the histrionics and drama, the comedians masquerading as constitutional scholars and actors preaching as moral arbiters, readers of the news claiming that it is “their job to tell Americans what to think,” is the simple fact that newly-inaugurated President Trump has not enacted a single law in the month he has been in office.

Not a single signature on a piece of legislation has created new law on taxes, immigration, jobs, energy or even bathroom choice – or done away with existing law.

Executive Orders of the kind used by every president before him, including his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, have changed the way existing law is to be enforced or implemented in terms of easing regulations in certain areas or stepping up enforcement in others.

The most pressing and controversial of the early Trump Executive Orders – dealing with vetting immigrants – met with violent and immediate reaction from the opposition – including the most liberal federal court in the country, and remains on hold pending a rewrite from the Oval Office.

But the president has found himself trying to reform a broken immigration system where U.S. immigration courts have amassed a docket backlog of 533,909 cases – more than twice the 223,809 pending cases on the docket when President Obama took office in 2009 – just as he begins streamlining the process to enforce the laws already on the books that have been ignored for eight long years.

And to that end, the president is adopting a policy not seen in Washington for almost a decade – he is enforcing the law.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cited the huge backlog in issuing an order allowing illegal immigrants present in the U.S. for less than two years to be deported without a court hearing.

“This unacceptable delay affords removable aliens with no plausible claim for relief to remain unlawfully in the United States for many years.”

Secretary Kelly signed two memos changing the immigration policies in effect during the Obama administration that will increase the number of federal immigration officers and allow local law enforcement officers to assist them, allow deportation of all immigrants unlawfully present in the U.S., excluding so-called DACA “Dreamers” brought into the country as minors – and construction of a physical barrier at the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

Advocates of liberal immigration policies ranging from sanctuary city protections and amnesty to proponents of doing away with borders altogether were quick to condemn the Trump administration moves, while many others applauded the president’s emphasis on the rule of law.

The move comes as several high-profile cases involving illegal immigrants who evaded deportation in sanctuary cities killed after being released onto the streets instead of being turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

Recent polls show 80 percent of Americans support deportation of illegal aliens who have criminal records.

 
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