Some things sound good and fuel our anger about unfairness. Regardless of how good a policy may feel, we should hold the policy up to principles that guide our believe about our constitution.
Here are a couple to think about around deportations:
- Will it expand the scope and size of government?
- Will it lead to coercion and tyranny?
Clearly we need to secure our boarders. Criminals should be immediately returned upon their completing their sentences.
The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers.