Rule of law is the foundation of western civilization. Your dismissive wave of the hand of "rule of law" is shocking. You can disagree with the decision on DACA, but to say that Fate has a fetish for "rule of law" is like saying you have a fetish for "democracy."
Realy? Here's a few laws that I believe were immoral. (I'll keep them to US laws, since were discussing DACA, not to pick on the US. All countries have their share, now and especially in the past.)
If the laws were indeed immoral, then it follows that the enforcement of these laws must also be immoral.
Which of these Geo do you disagree with being immoral? Which would you have actively considered enforcing ? Which would you have actively tried to over turn? Which would you have sought to protect people from prosecution?
- The Fugitive Slave Law
- refugee bans of jews in WWII?
- racial segregation (jim crow laws)
- laws denying access to contraception?
Was it moral to enforce all of the above laws? Should they have been enforced until the minute they were legally changed, or do moral people have a duty to oppose, protect their victims and even actively subvert these laws.
There isn't always a moral answer, and the law is often at its worst when attempting to divine or impose moral consensus, as opposed to interpreting black-letter law. The law is cold, mechanical and objective for a reason: when judges unmoor morality from logic, you find judges whose morality tells them to install monuments to the Ten Commandments in their courthouses.
Certainly if the current DACA recipients lose their protection and the law is strictly enforced and they are deported ... the enforcement of law will be an immoral act.
Rule of law is the foundation of western civilization
But I think it was Holmes who said "The Spirit of the law is more important than the law."
Blind obedience to "the rule of law" is folly. And often the refuge of the tyrants, either the few or the majority, defending their privileges .
Laws are the constructs of men. When laws are designed to enslave, and discriminate, then they need to be torn up and changed. And until they are changed civil disobedience of immoral laws is the moral course.
I the case of DACA Obama recognized the moral injustice being perpetrated against what are, for all intents and purposes except "the rule of law", young Americans. His action was moral. And it offered a patina of legality.
Rescinding DACA without readying a just and moral legal solution to the fate of these young people is cowardly and immoral.
Using the "rule of law" as a defence for immorality has a long and inglorious history. This is just one more instance where "rule of law" would be itself a crime against humanity.