Political deceit on immigration

Political deceit on immigration

Rarely has a president made such a transparently political decision as President Obama did on illegal immigration.

Last week, President Obama, acting unilaterally, ordered federal law enforcement to ignore the immigrant status of individuals who were brought illegally to this country by their parents when they were under 16.

Obama's decision came as a big surprise, considering that he stated last year that he lacked the power to do what he just did.

"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed," he said in a speech to a Hispanic civil rights group.

So what happened to change Obama's mind? Politics happened.

There's an election in November and, apparently, Obama and his political advisers have concluded that this grant of quasi-amnesty will boost Hispanic support for the president.

As politics goes, that may be correct. But as policy, Obama's decision is, as he himself stated last year, an affront to the rule of law.

His action is an end-run around the explicit constitutional authority of Congress to determine immigration policy.

Further, his decision will make it even harder for Congress to address the illegal immigration issue because Obama's action can only reinforce suspicions by some that his real policy goal is open borders and mass amnesty.

No country, however, can forfeit control of who comes and goes and expect anything but chaos.

This country is a nation of immigrants, but the levels of immigration always have been controlled. It's ebbed and flowed, based on what was in the best interests of this country, not on what people from foreign countries would prefer.

That is not to say that the individuals who will benefit from the Obama policy do not deserve sympathy. They were, after all, children when they came to this country. But their status should be addressed in a comprehensive policy that shuts down illegal border crossings first and then permits an orderly process for dealing with those who are already here.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on June 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Still waiting to hear Romney's comprehensive policy on immigration.  He is vague about his intentions.  He has spoken more criticizing the President than clarifying his goals on immigration.  What does Romney propose as his comprehensive immigration policy?  Congress has not provided one.  Seems like a lot of criticism; but no alternate plan being proposed.

jthartke wrote on June 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Again, the NG pulls a typical Fox News moment by cutting off the President's quote in mid-thought.  What he went on to say was that the President does have to power of discretion over prosecution -- ie. federal prosecutors do not have to put the prosecution of law-abiding, hard working immigrants brought here illegally by their families when they were children at the top of their already over-crowded lists.

What is even worse is when the NG goes on to say that they deserve sympathy, yet still has no help to offer.  What do we do, wait for a Republican House to pass a law that they have no desire to pass? 

Then you misrepresent the situation on the border, where there is net minus immigration right now, especially due to the huge number of deportations under President Obama, more than any conservative president ever.

So it seems to me that he has done exactly what you want in the last line of your editorial -- secure the border (as much as humanly and humanely possible) and now create a process to deal with those who are here.

The polically motivated inaction of Congress is, again, not the fault of this president.

major02151 wrote on June 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

Hey N-G, your bias is showing again. You might want to have that looked at...and hopefully removed.

EL YATIRI wrote on June 27, 2012 at 8:06 am
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"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,"  Ronald Reagan 1986

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thank you.  The quote showed me how much the Republican party has changed in the last 26 years.  Regan supported amnesty.  Romney does not.  Obama grants temporary amenesty to the Dream Act generation.  Romney attacks him for it.  Obama deports more illegal aliens than past presidents; some combined.  The Supreme Court upholds part of the Arizona law.   More state will follow; but others will not depending on voter population size.  Congress does not want to deal with Immigration Reform; at least until after the election.  Thanks for the quote.