10 Scholars Defending Immigration Action Have Democratic Ties
The Department of Justice has released a letter from 10 legal scholars at colleges across the country which defends President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
But while the DOJ touts these professors’ prominence, their neutrality is coming into question.
In the letter, the legal scholars say they don’t all see eye-to-eye on presidential power and immigration policy, but that they “are all of the view that these actions are lawful.”
Of the 10 legal scholars, seven are registered Democrats. Two live in states that don’t release party affiliation, but they both donate exclusively to Democratic candidates. The lone Republican, Eric Posner, is also an exclusive Democratic donor and has repeatedly written that Obama can literally “do whatever he wants” when it comes to executive authority.
Three of the scholars work at the University of Chicago, where Obama taught constitutional law.
One scholar, Lee Bollinger, is the president of Columbia University, where Obama did his undergrad work. Bollinger is also directly involved in the effort to make Columbia the site of Obama's presidential library.
Walter Dellinger, another letter writer, served in the Clinton administration and is friends with Justice Elena Kagan, who was nominated by Obama.
Then, there’s Laurence Tribe, a mentor to Obama at Harvard Law School, who called him “the best student I ever had and the most exciting research assistant.” He also campaigned for Obama.
Watch Trace Gallager’s report above.