While the Trump administration is busy fulfilling the president’s promise to protect the interests of the American people and enforce our immigration laws, the media are fixated on what will or should become of illegal aliens who enjoy temporary protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA was an overly-broad and unconstitutional exercise of executive power by President Obama that would likely have been struck down by the courts had anyone stepped forward to challenge it. In addition to being unconstitutional, DACA also triggered a surge of illegal immigration of unaccompanied minors and families with children in tow. The message it sent was that coming to the United States illegally, or bringing children here illegally, would rewarded.

However much people might empathize with the situation of DACA recipients, we must make it clear that the responsibility for their circumstances rests with the parents who knowingly violated our laws and put their children in this situation. In every other area of law we hold lawbreakers accountable for any negative consequences to family members and immigration law should not be the exception.

Read the rest of Dan Stein’s guest column in USA Today here.