Byron York on Trump's immigration actions

This page is part of the Trump Supporters on His Immigration Actions series. If Donald Trump's immigration actions work out, then we'll know who to thank. However, if - as is much more likely - Trump uses his immigration actions as a prelude to amnesty or his actions get tied up in the courts for years, we'll know who to blame.

In "Trump's radical immigration plan: Enforce the law" at Washington Examiner [1], Byron York extols Trump's actions, without going into any of the ways they're likely to fail. He extensively quotes Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.

There's one fundamental difference between the new White House and the old when it comes to immigration: Barack Obama ordered his administration not to enforce a number of immigration laws. Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce them.

[P]erhaps the most consequential passage in [Trump's] two combined orders is a single sentence: "The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States."

...Trump's proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border dominated coverage of the two executive orders. But the orders do much, much more than that — or at least they start the process of doing much, much more...

..."I think it's very important that he is telling DHS officers in all three enforcement agencies that they will again have the discretion to enforce the law as written," says Vaughan, "and not be limited by arbitrary prioritization policies that have been so disastrous for public safety and that have encouraged more illegal immigration."

...Trump's orders stop short of measures that would require the approval of Congress, such as resetting the numbers of immigrants allowed to enter the country each year. But they still go a long way. And the early response among Republicans on Capitol Hill was encouraging for the new administration.

"President Trump took action that will launch the process of securing our southern border and effectively enforcing our nation's immigration laws," Sen. Ted Cruz, a former Trump rival, said in a statement. "These are policies on which Americans have waited far too long for action, and I stand ready to work with my colleagues to support these measures with any additional congressional action that may be necessary to ensure they are timely and effectively implemented."

Trump will undoubtedly have proposals for Congress on immigration. But his two executive orders go a long way toward undoing the practices that Barack Obama unilaterally set in place. If Trump makes sure his orders are enforced, he will have kept a major promise to those who elected him.

That "if" is key. Needless to say, it ends there and Byron York doesn't consider trying to make sure Trump follows through. York doesn't consider what opponents of Trump's actions will do and how to counteract them.

There are a couple of dozen comments, and a few demand more: eVerify, an end to birthright citizenship, and visa overstays. However, most are like these:

I love it! What a novel idea, law enforcement of the laws on the books...

Week One, in the can! #Winning.

OMG! Trumps a genius! He's not even a college law professor like Obama and yet he was able to figure this out. Guess a business from Wharton ‘Trumps’ a law degree from Harvard!

And this classic:

No wonder Democrats are foaming at the mouth. The very IDEA of respecting the LAW is enough to send your average Democrat to the nearest safe place to pop a few chill pills or guzzle down a stiff Chablis. . WHERE IS MY P*SSY HAT THESE NAZI FVCKIN REPUKELICANS ARE ENFORCING THE FVCKING LAAAAWWWWWW!!!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHH.

[1] washingtonexaminer . com/article/2613124