As we all know by now, President Obama issued an executive order to “stop deporting hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants and give them work permits.”
The executive order will apply to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and are younger than 30. They also must have no major criminal offenses, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have graduated from a U.S. high school or have earned a GED, or served in the military.
“These are young people who study in our schools and play on our playgrounds,” the president said. “They are Americans in every single way but one – on paper.”
The change is expected to impact roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants.
“I’ve said this time and again to Congress,” the president said at the Rose Garden press conference. “Send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I’ll sign it.”
In urging Congress to pass the legislation, the president said his change was “stop gap” and not “a permanent fix.” The president also made clear he change was not amnesty, immunity or a path to citizenship.
Earlier in the day, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the change takes effect immediately and is needed to ensure enforcement resources are not expended on “low-priority cases.”
“Young people brought to U.S. by no fault of their own and meet several criteria no longer are removed from country or entered into removal proceedings,” Napolitano said in a conference call with reporters.
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Well, first, let’s call it for what it is. This is Obama’s way of pandering to the Hispanic population. He believes this will cause more Hispanics to vote for him. We all understand political gamesmanship and would expect nothing less from the Office of “failed ideas” Obama. I’m wondering if Obama understands that it would still be illegal for these people to vote? Probably not, the administration doesn’t seem to understand the voting process.
I’m not sure I understand the age limitation. Younger than 30? Why? Why not 40 or 50? But, let’s be clear about what this is. It is a 5 month period of time in which these people can walk freely and get a job. After that, there is a risk that Romney will reverse the order. So, this is largely a symbolic gesture, which accomplishes nothing except allows for lower wages for seasonal work. Thanks Barry, you moron.
There are 3 distinct issues here, in which I’ll try to separate. First, this is a moral issue. It is true that there is a certain unfairness about children illegally being brought to the U.S. and then growing up here. To send them back to a land they don’t know and have no resources to function isn’t the right thing to do. On the other hand, there is another morality in play here, fealty to the U.S. I am proudly an American citizen. My efforts have been and are today towards the preservation and enhancement of this nation. Anyone wishing to remain on U.S. sovereign soil as a permanent resident should have this same goal. I don’t care where anyone is from. So, we should offer a choice. Citizenship or a free ride to their homeland. This quasi-legal semi-residence status is unacceptable. If they are to be here and partake of all the wonderful things this nation offers, then fealty to this land and participation in the animating constitutional democratic republican experiment we call the United States of America is mandated. This country isn’t a gateway to an education. It isn’t a welfare state. It certainly isn’t a place for people with loyalties elsewhere. If people wish to work, participate, and become part of the great melting pot which we call the American culture, then I say welcome. Now get in line like the rest of us.
This brings me to the second issue. This is related to the morality issue. It is an economic issue. There are certain realities and constraints we must acknowledge before this discussion can advance. The unrestrained illegal immigration to this country has been allowed because it is a source of relative cheap labor. And the long term effects have been disastrous to both illegals and citizens. It has caused the impoverishment of millions of people. The competition for work is tremendous today, but even before the recession, the unthwarted influx of illegals has doomed the financial prospects of the working poor. While illegals can gain a raise in their standard of living, we see that the increase is capped. They’re not going to get a job in a factory, farm, or construction company and work up to management. In the mean time, the working poor already in this country sees such a downward pressure in their wages, that it makes little sense to go to work when you can get paid better by staying at home and producing babies and living off of the largess of the American public. But, this also enslaves them. 15 years ago, during a rather rough period in my life, I worked in bridge construction. The wages were so poor, even though I enjoyed it and was rather good at it, I couldn’t afford to stay with it. I went to work at a factory. I only got the job because immigration had come through and gutted the factory of workers. My production at the factory was quantifiable. Objectively, I was the best there was at several stations in the factory. It was of little consequence. The illegals came back. The company would offer me marginally more than the other workers, but why pay me significantly more, when 100s would line up and do the same job with just a little decrease in production? Today, these jobs still have the same starting pay rate as they did 15 years ago. Partially because of the influx of illegals, there is no path for improvement, by either segment. There is simply very low wage jobs. Republicans and Democrats alike are to blame for the creation and swelling of this lower class segment of our society. They have a choice, work until they are of little use to anyone and become wards of the state, or simply become wards of the state. May the responsible parties rot in hell.
Now, this brings up the process, or the legality of Obama’s order. It is impossible to tell the immigrants, legal or illegal, that we are a nation of laws when the President of the United States shows them that he has no respect for the rule of law. This imbecilic constitutional scholar makes a mockery of our Constitution. Article Two Section three of the U.S. Constitution states, “…..;he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
This is unambiguous. The role of the president is to enforce our laws. To decide which laws to enforce and which ones he will not, is a breach of the social contract between the executive branch and the citizenry. In my view, this is a violation of his oath and is an impeachable offense. I don’t recommend impeachment, but it is impeachable nonetheless. With Obama’s aggressive violations of our voter laws, he’s trampled on the social contract several times already.
So, what should we do about all of this? Politically, the Republicans have to respond. And, here is how to frame/articulate the response. The economic and social impacts of unfettered illegal immigration is too great for this nation to continually absorb.
Any solution to our immigration problem must be accompanied by a mechanism which will allows us to halt the illegal immigration. This must be the first step.
After this is accomplished, then we need to figure out what to do with the ones here. In my view, this is easy. The ones willing and able to become part of our society should be given a vehicle to citizenship. Those unwilling must go. There should be provisions for the elderly and young children. That is to say, if they are hear illegally, and if they have willing, responsible sponsors, then they should be allowed to stay. For instance, if a family brought their grandmother along, but, she’s too old to participate in work, then the family should be allowed to care for the grandmother. If parents are found with children who don’t wish to participate, then we should give the parents a choice, leave the children with responsible parties or take them back home with them.
This should satisfy the concerns of honest, hardworking illegals. And it should satisfy the societal requirements of ending the unfettered influx. The devastation of the poor, both in the illegal and legally working poor should be highlighted. It is a trap. The end result of unfettered illegal immigration is poverty. And from poverty incalculable social upheaval will ensue.