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Obama amnesties illegal aliens by executive decree (08/28/2011)
By John Edstrom


     
Our president has been tough on congressional opponents after the markets cratered following the recent downgrading of the U.S. federal government’s credit rating. Certain (tea) parties, he grumped, cared only about winning the next election and would rather “see their opponents lose than see America win.” This accusation rests on the shaky notion, of course, that the credit downgrade was the result of tea partiers demanding that the federal government slow down a bit in its Gadarene rush to destruction, rather than the exploding debt itself.

With this heap of accusations still freshly steaming, the Obama administration then announced that, henceforth, the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records would cease and that, instead, they would be allowed to apply for work permits, presumably to access the multitude of jobs created by the near-trillion dollars of Obamulus touted to hold unemployment under 8%.

The announcement was made days after “immigrant rights” activists threatened that a lack of action on their agenda would cost the president dearly in votes from the Hispanic population which they claim to represent, as though a continuing flood of illegals might somehow benefit legal Latino citizens who are finding it tough to find jobs like everyone else.

According to Senator Dick Durban, (D-IL), the new policy would prevent deportation of the same illegals amnestied under the terms of his bill, the Dream Act, claiming, “these young people should not be punished for their parents’ mistakes...” as if flouting U.S. law to illegally enter or stay in our country were somehow some kind of oversight, and not a crime. In any case, the Dream Act did not pass, so how can the Obama administration just blatantly adopt its provisions while refusing to enforce existing law? And how can it justify announcing to the world, lawbreakers already here, and potential lawbreakers still outside our borders, that there would be no consequence for their past and future criminal behavior?

President Obama, his Attorney General Eric Holder, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have all taken oaths to uphold the U.S. Constitution and our laws. How are they not in blatant violation of those oaths in promulgating and implementing this lawless policy of amnesty for illegal aliens and repeal of our immigration laws by executive decree?

Napolitano has said that dismissing low priority cases, that is, illegals who have not committed felonies, will free up resources to deal with those who have. But if funding and resources are a problem, why has this administration consistently sued states like Alabama and Arizona which have passed legislation to enforce on their own the laws that the federal government now announces publicly that it will simply ignore?

So rather than facing deportation, illegal aliens now in custody will be given permits and turned loose into the work force. That, in a long period of over 9% unemployment apparently makes sense to President Obama, who will soon be delivering an address on his fresh new jobs initiatives after Labor Day when he has returned from his vacation – jobs for illegal aliens! And to think that some people will do anything to win elections.

J.E. 

 

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