The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive directive signed by President Obama in 2012 has now been pulled by his duly elected successor. And quite expectedly, Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is leading the way in stirring up the masses about how wrong it is to not act in a “bipartisan manner.”

Well, excuse me, but the executive directive stopping removal of illegal aliens was not exactly conducted in bipartisan fashion. And Republicans hollered loudly about it.

President Trump is to be commended for engaging in a completely unconventional exercise in Washington, D.C. He is following through on his campaign promises. Many longtime politicos deem this quality dangerous to the “ghost infrastructure” in our nation’s capital. However, I was always told that if you make a promise, you better keep that promise.

Where the president has become dangerous is in the probability that his value as a leader has increased significantly. Perez sees lawlessness in President Trump’s action Tuesday and this sentiment is now being echoed throughout immigrant communities nationwide. However, for many others across America the Trump administration is providing fresh ventilation as he lowers the swamp levels, just as promised. Draining a swamp, after all, will bring forth unpleasantness as the submerged garbage and carcasses become visible and a temporary stench is raised in the bright light of day.

To accuse Trump of lawlessness, as some critics now do, is tantamount to advocating real criminality. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear in quoting George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley’s testimony before Congress, “. . . President Obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with . . .” This is not an authority granted to the president under any circumstances. It violated the separation of powers our Framers instituted when they wrote the Constitution.

Perez and others claim President Trump’s actions are contrary to the American way. He is being blamed for actions that will break up families and turn hundreds of thousands of children into criminals. But the real blame is more appropriately placed with parents (or other relatives) who brought the so-called “Dreamers” here when they entered our nation illegally. Suspension of enforcement of immigration statutes did not demonstrate a legal right of illegal aliens but, rather, denied the right of U.S. citizens to be safe and secure in their homes and persons.

Further, DACA’s suspension of the rule of law could be viewed as only a start down a path of lawlessness by our government. The claim is that it’s more compassionate to disregard immigration laws because these Dreamers did not ask to be placed in this position and that scrapping DACA would create a hardship for them and their families by sending them to countries that have become alien to them. But where would this suspension of the law then stop? Would it become defensible to not prosecute a person who robs a bank to pay for medical treatment of a child? The bank robber, after all, might have a legitimate reason for stealing someone else’s money.

Most people who claim that President Trump is “violating the rule of law” do not understand what the rule of law is. Rule is not a noun, it is a verb meaning that we are ruled by the law, not by person or persons. I’ve heard it said that jury nullification was a key part of “common law” and was legally used during colonial times in response to the feeling that a law from an unfeeling king in England and a remote Parliament was wrong. But we are not colonies anymore. We expelled the crown. We opted for the law to rule over us and provide us with safety and security.

By rescinding DACA, our nation is on track to being ruled once again not by emotion or sentiment but by law, the dispassionate sort of justice necessary for safety and prosperity. True justice is blindfolded but not blind. Propriety determines our course and the rule of law drives us in the right direction.

So don’t blame this president for the situation, blame those who broke the law and got away with continued criminal behavior. Abide by the law!

Pete Commander is a 14-year veteran of the Navy and holds a master’s degree in international relations from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. As a child, he lived in Colombia and Ecuador, the latter of which was under the dictatorial rule of Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra. A coup d’etat by the Ecuadorian military deposed Ibarra in 1972.