King hides behind the fiction that his only concern is upholding the rule of law. Funny, he doesn't seem to have the same regard for the sanctity of laws on the books when it comes to Obamacare -- nor should he. King's fellow Republicans who have sponsored their own version of the DREAM Act, which would give those who immigrated illegally as children the right to stay here as long as they have been law-abiding and stayed in school, believe in the rule of law, too. But not all laws are created equal.
Some laws deserve to be repealed or rewritten. And many of our current immigration laws fall into that category. The last major overhaul of immigration legislation occurred nearly three decades ago. The enforcement mechanism in the law has never worked -- despite repeated efforts to enhance border security and punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Republicans in Congress need to do more than condemn King's words. They need to get serious about passing immigration reform. Since the leadership has insisted on taking up myriad separate bills instead of considering Senate-passed comprehensive legislation, there is no better place to begin than by giving a pathway not only to legalization but also to citizenship for young people who broke our laws unwittingly.
Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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