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what you did. You didn't rush ahead and take a chance on the court's sustaining your previous decision. You held up everything until a higher court had reviewed it if you had a new doctrine. It was not only unethical and improper, but it was an abuse of executive power for an officer of the government to visit upon and seek to punish an individual, putting him to the expense of defending himself, when the public official knew that the very law and action under which he was proceeding might be upset by a high court review in the near future. You didn't go any further with cases. You left them right there until the court had decided.

I know that that is the proper procedure and I know that it always has been. It wasn't regarded as proper by the angry public in this case - that is, that part of the public that was angry didn't regard it as such. The theory was that we should have gone ahead and deported him under any circumstances. We should have gone ahead and issued a deportation order against him and let him appeal. That was the most that we should do.

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