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The Palij Precedent on Deportations


Beginning yesterday, former Nazi prison-camp guard Jakiw Palij was arrested, detained, and deported from American soil. This morning, Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a video of the deportation, praising ICE for their good work. Democrats have joined in, praising the Trump administration for the action. I, too, think Trump made the right call.

But before we get too busy congratulating ourselves for our intolerance toward former-Nazis, perhaps we should pause to consider the precedent this sets for other illegal immigrants in the United States. The deportation of Jakiw Palij teaches us two things about American immigration policy:

1) if you lied on your immigration papers to gain citizenship, that citizenship can be revoked,

2) if you're here illegally and Americans really, really don't want you here, you have no legal recourse against deportation.