Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net
Source: NY Times
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.
While they might not be considered a “threat,” they are criminals by their very presence. Need I say more? I don’t care where they come from, “illegals” are just that; illegal. They should have respect for our country and its laws, even though flawed. Those wishing to reside within America should help lobby for proper and fair immigration reform and to get the process shortened instead of trekking over the border in the middle of the night like a common thief and then becoming a burden for our tax system and law enforcement … “clogging up the deportation courts” because many are repeat offenders.
I welcome people from the world over to come and share in the misery that the United States has become. And with open arms, I welcome them to pay the same taxes I am forced to pay under threat of fine or imprisonment. I welcome all to pay into Medicare even though it will be gone long before they or I retire. But sneaking into this country, having children and then often times, enrolling them into welfare benefits, is beyond wrong on a moral and ethical level.
Let’s go back to March of 2011. Obama responded to a question by an illegal immigrant student who was holding a deportation letter at a Univision-sponsored town hall meeting - via FOX News:
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” the president said.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president,” Obama said.
The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces.
White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.
Hayden’s Note II:
“…Flagrantly…” The very act of crossing the border – which is no easy task for most – is a flagrant act. If it were any other crime, it would be an open and shut case.
Under the new policy, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, can provide relief, on a case-by-case basis, to young people who are in the country illegally but pose no threat to national security or to the public safety.
The decision would, through administrative action, help many intended beneficiaries of legislation that has been stalled in Congress for a decade. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, has argued that “these young people should not be punished for their parents’ mistakes.”
The action would also bolster President Obama’s reputation with Latino voters as he heads into the 2012 election. Just a week ago the leaders of major Hispanic organizations criticized his record, saying in a report that Mr. Obama and Congress had “overpromised and underdelivered” on immigration and other issues of concern to Latino voters, a major force in some swing states.
Hayden’s Note III:
via Washington Times - A draft memo last year showed that staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services thought the administration could follow through on back-door options to stopping deportations, or what the authors said was “a non-legislative version of amnesty.”
After the memo came to light, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ruled out using those methods to legalize broad groups of illegal immigrants, and Mr. Obama seemed to close the door even further Monday, saying he must enforce the laws.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, denounced the new policy.
“The Obama administration has again made clear its plan to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants,” Mr. Smith said. “The administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them. Officials should remember the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land.”
White House officials emphasized that they were not granting relief to a whole class of people, but would review cases one by one, using new standards meant to distinguish low- and high-priority cases.
Mr. Durbin said he believed the new policy would stop the deportation of most people who would qualify for relief under his bill, known as the Dream Act (formally the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act).
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