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Many Americans are upset by the decision of President Obama to issue an executive order to reform immigration policy. The executive order effectively grants undocumented immigrants the legal right to remain in the United States if they have been here five years and are parents, children, or spouses of citizens or of legal residents. The president says that he did this because Congress has not passed an immigration reform bill.

Opponents of the president’s executive order are concerned that it effectively grants amnesty to immigrants who have violated immigration law, thereby undermining the rule of law. A more fundamental problem is that it reflects the contradictions of existing law. Many companies need more workers and would like to hire immigrants, but most immigrants do not have the legal right to work in the United States.