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If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I probably wouldn’t have believed it – the president of the United States said, “We’re a nation of laws, but…” What came next is irrelevant, but for the record it was “we’re also respecting the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants.”
There is no “but.” We’re either a nation of laws or we aren’t. And increasingly we aren’t.
In that immigration quote President Obama gave historians the theme of his two terms in office – “but.”