Editorial: Compassion should be the first principle in immigration efforts

Editorial: Compassion should be the first principle in immigration efforts

"With Congress unwilling to help, President Barack Obama is exploring his legal options for fixing immigration problems by executive order. In the meantime, he should use the power he already has to stop undocumented immigrants from too-hasty deportations and harsh, unnecessary detentions.

Yes, the Rio Grande border must be secured to stop the influx of immigrants from Central America. But the United States is legally obligated to treat those who already are here fairly and to hear their pleas for asylum.

It’s also the moral thing to do.

The plenary power doctrine, which says that the legislative and executive branches have sole power to regulate immigration, gives Mr. Obama broad authority, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, co-author of the 20-volume “Immigration Law and Procedure,” and a professor of immigration law at Cornell University Law School." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board, July 7, 2014.