Former President Barack Obama is akin to a gift that keeps on giving.
While he’s been out of office for more than a year now, the effects of his haphazard leadership are still being felt.
Whether it’s nonsense policies that were crammed down the throats of American voters with nary a thought given to the consequence or his incessant sowing of the seeds of divisiveness, it’s clear that President Donald Trump and company have their work cut out for them to get the mess cleaned up.
That’s made all the more difficult due to some of the other Easter eggs that Obama left behind.
Breitbart shares the latest example of that.
U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest found a right to “say goodbye” in the U.S. Constitution Monday, in an opinion which, if upheld, will potentially make enforcing orders of deportation against illegal aliens significantly more difficult.
“There is, and ought to be in this great country, the freedom to say goodbye,” Forrest begins her seven-page opinion blocking the deportation of convicted fraudster and “immigrants’ rights activist” Ravidath Lawrence Ragbir.
Ragbir came to the United States legally in the 1990s, but was later convicted of bank fraud and made subject to deportation after his release. After running the full course of immigration proceedings, Ragbir was given a “final order of deportation,” but had his removal continually delayed for nine years. In the meantime, he served, at various times, as executive director of the George Soros-funded “New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City,” as a steering committee member of the “New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform,” and as chairman of the board of “Families for Freedom.” He also married Amy Gottlieb, a fellow pro-illegal immigrant activist who will be attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY).
In Forrest’s world, tugging at the heartstrings while advancing the liberal narrative supersedes the enforcement of laws on the books.
Politicizing from the bench is a serious problem that continually gets swept under the carpet.
Unsurprisingly, Forrest is in a position to do just that because of the previous administration.
According to Judge Forrest, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011, this was a violation of Ragbir’s constitutional right, apparently contained in the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process, to “the freedom to hug one’s spouse and children, the freedom to organize the myriad of human affairs that collect over time.” She argues that because the United States allowed him to stay so long as an illegal alien, he now cannot be deported without fair warning and time to prepare:
In sum, the Court finds that when this country allowed petitioner to become a part of our community fabric, allowed him to build a life with and among us and to enjoy the liberties and freedom that come with that, it committed itself to allowance of an orderly departure when the time came, and it committed itself to avoidance of unnecessary cruelty when the time came. By denying petitioner these rights, the Government has acted wrongly.
Forrest’s opinion refers to “who we are as a country” and argues:
It ought not to be — and it has never before been — that those who have lived without incident in this country for years are subjected to treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust, regimes where those who have long lived in a country may be taken without notice from streets, home, and work. And sent away. We are not that country; and woe be the day that we become that country under a fiction that laws allow it.
In short, Forrest’s worldview rules the day because the case wound up in her courtroom.
She’s interpreting the U.S. Constitution in an incredibly bizarre fashion to support her ruling. It’s unclear if that’s more disgusting or alarming.
If you listen closely, you can hear our founding fathers weeping in the background.