The immigration policy announced by Mr. O last Friday was beyond stunning for me and hopefully all Americans and also to these immigrants currently here lawfully waiting patiently in line to become a citizen. His complete disregard of our Rule of Law and failure to recognize his duty to uphold the Constitutional duty that he swore to do is very disturbing. This has been enumerated on so the purpose of my post is to point out what I think hasn’t been focused on and a few inconvenient truths the president omitted. I’ll end with a scary premonition or perhaps a prediction spoken seven years ago of what our country may look like in the near future if we go down the DREAM Act road.
Keep in mind that The DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001 by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and came closest to passage in 2007, when it fell eight votes short of bypassing a filibuster. For 11 years, Congress has attempted to pass this type of Bill and it has failed, largely due to a public outcry of not until the borders are secured. Also, the name of the bill is an acronym: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.
First, it seems that this was another untimed announcement similar to Biden forcing Obama to evolve on gay marriage, although it’s hard to know the truth of egg vs. chicken timing with this admin regarding their announcements. It’s also possible the public wasn’t even so supposed to know at all or maybe much later in the year according to the Washington Times article from Thursday, June 14, 2012, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/14/catch-and-release-for-low-priority-illegals-propos/?page=1
Secret report: Catch and release for low-priority illegals proposed, Border agency’s
draft policy includes ‘prosecutorial discretion’
U.S Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with guarding the U.S. borders, has written a secret draft policy that would let its agents catch and release low-priority illegal immigrants rather than bring them in for processing and prosecution.
The policy, which has not been signed off on, would be the latest move by the Obama administration to set new priorities for the nation’s immigration services, and would bring CBP in line with other Homeland Security Department agencies that already use such “prosecutorial discretion.”
The policy was detailed in an internal memo obtained by House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Lamar Smith and reviewed by The Washington Times, which confirmed the document. [...] The memo pointedly warns that “no public mention” should be
made of the policy in order to keep it from being subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. The memo says the policy was drafted at the behest of immigrant rights groups.
Secondly, this isn’t his fault and as usual, he didn’t take full responsibility for this being his conscious decision:
This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will make to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient and more just, specifically for certain young people sometimes called DREAMers.
Thirdly, he said that many have no idea that they were brought here illegally after 15 years of living here. I guess their parents found it inconvenient to tell them truth or they flat out lied to their children. Either case, I have a hard time believing it.
They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants, and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license or a college scholarship.
So if the aim of the Policy Directive (it is not an Executive Order from my understanding), is to allow Alien Minors (per the acronym) that have been here since before the age of 16 and also here for 5 consecutive years with the other stipulation being they must be in the U.S. as of 6/15/2012, why does the DHS allow them to qualify before the age of 30? Why the 14 year gap? I think up to the age of 21 would be more in-line if Mom and Dad lied and one just found out at 16. If most graduate from high school by 18, that gives them 3 more years presumably driving around looking for a job, working or in the Armed Forces to figure out that they aren’t here legally. Does the military knowingly except illegal aliens? See here for the rules: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120612-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-for-young-people.shtm
Of course, Mr. O said this is entirely the fault of Republicans which is yet another convenient lie:
Now, both parties wrote this legislation and year and a half ago, Democrats passed the Dream Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed; the need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.
On 12/18/10, the Senate vote was 55 to 41, and fell shy by 5 votes since the Senate voted overwhelmingly to agree to bypass a filibuster so it only needed a majority vote. The problem is five Dems voted against the bill, so they actually blocked its passage! They had the votes to pass it if only their Leader Reid could have kept his caucus in line. Only 3 Reps voted for the bill.
A few last points on the deferred action process as DHS calls it. It seems that illegals that are either in college or that are still active in the military do NOT get a break on deportation. From the homepage of DHS.gov, is this stipulation, #3 of all 5 points:
Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
I also read that those receiving deferred action will not get a card or certificate showing their status, so I’m not sure how employers will be able to identify them. And if they are working and get laid off, will they get unemployment benefits?
Also, will an applicant be required to state the reasons why they want to stay in this country, for work, study or just to send money back to their homeland?
This sounds odd but not if you heard the caller I did last night on the Ben Ferguson Radio Show where he basically said, I’m here illegally, drive a truck, no I don’t want to be an American and you people use the wrong word, you should say a U.S. citizen since an American can be from Brazil, etc. and no I don’t have any desire to become eligible to work or become a citizen since you took our land and I’m here on my land that you took! He said we could keep land north of Utah! I listed more comments last night from the show that were quite astonishing (http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2012/06/16/politico-president-obamas-passive-aggressive-immigration-policy/#comment-67504.
There are still so many unanswered questions that makes this even more dangerous than amnesty legislation, including adding more to our growing unemployment rolls at a time we can least afford it. I don't see a tracking mechanism, nor a limiting definition, just as the DOJ is filing lawsuits on states for cleaning up their voter rolls!
Legal immigration is wonderful and adds to the great fabric of our country. My preference is to secure the border with whatever tools are needed manpower, airpower, and existing fence. I find it hard to believe that America can wage war thousands of miles away and we can’t even secure our border, especially with all the troops coming home that may want to remain in active duty intead of being honorable discharged due to budget constraints. I also think we should require E-Verify, cut off all welfare programs for illegals, only teach and conduct government business in English, provide seasonal work visas for farmers and other industries as needed, and to get 90% of the bureaucrats out of D.C and into the field to track those on legal temporary green cards or visas to
ensure they don’t over stay their welcome. In other words, I don't support amnesty in any form.
We’ve seen this movie before when President Reagan granted amnesty in 1986 based upon unfulfilled empty promises of securing the border.
The reason for my hard line view is that legal immigration should have a purpose for any country and especially our fragile Republic. Our laws should be flexible on a needs basis such as the type of contributing members we need or desire in our society and clearly not on a basis of prejudice. We fall behind many other nations in education, science, engineering, etc. Our current system dictates what percent of each year’s quota can be from each country which is a form a preferential treatment since it is not equally split among all countries. While I believe we should welcome legal immigration, it is not a right, and should be focused with consideration to social and economic needs.
Most importantly we need to encourage and foster assimilation to preserve what we value as Americans. I don’t mean baseball and apple pie, but a common understanding of our history, Constitution, traditions, ideas, values and sacrifices that shape our essence of being an American to pursue our dreams. Certainly we should be open and willing to learn about others heritages too as it can create a powerful bond between people that share their experiences. We must maintain a common of thread or else we will lose what it means to be an American.
"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment" by from Robert Hutchins.
I’ll leave you with this speech, from Richard Lamm, a former Democrat governor from Colorado
that he gave at an immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC in 2004 on the perils of multiculturalism, seemly without assimilation in my opinion. He renamed the original speech from, “A Frightening Analysis” to “I Have a Plan to Destroy America”. This is something I just stumbled upon on the web this weekend and given current events, thought it was wise to share it. He outlined an eight-point plan and below is #7, and afterwards the audience was so stunned into silence and fear. I urge you to read the whole speech here and pass it on. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/lamm.asp
Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of ‘Victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.