Immigration reform is back. With a very narrow window to do stupid things before next January the White House is reminding Americans that we need to pass a bill right now, before we have a chance to think too much:
We’ve got the time to do it. Republicans in the House, including the Speaker, have said we should act. So let’s not wait. It doesn’t get easier to just put it off. Let’s do it now. Let’s not delay. Let’s get this done, and let’s do it in a bipartisan fashion.1
We were told the same thing about Obamacare, another bright idea currently in disaster recovery mode:
They’re continuing to raise premiums and deny coverage as we speak. For us to start over now could simply lead to delay that could last for another decade, or even more. The American people, and the U.S. economy, just can’t wait that long.2
There is more to this country than using tax dollars to buy the Democratic Party’s future. Before we are force-fed the lies of comprehensive immigration reform like we were Obamacare, we should give some thought to the American values that served us long before Washington had an immigration system.
Five American values and their immigration reform lies
1. Hard work
Do talented citizens still looking for work when their only liability is their age feel better knowing that the White House is looking to foreign workers to bail us out? Which one of our American values justifies rewarding illegal labor (see: These Are the American Workers Who Matter) and offering foreign workers jobs at the expense of unemployed Americans with the lie that our own initiative and hard work are not enough to boost the economy?
2. Accomplishment and success
After hearing over and over how successful companies make money and evade taxes at the expense of Middle America it is a surprise when the president admits some companies play by his rules:
It’s not fair to businesses and middle-class families who play by the rules when we allow companies that are trying to undercut the rules work in the shadow economy, to hire folks at lower wages or no benefits, no overtime, so that somehow they get a competitive edge from breaking the rules. That doesn’t make sense.3
It is not fair to reward illegal immigrants because they work for companies who don’t play by the rules, either, but that is exactly what we plan to do. All businesses will suffer the expense of more red tape if an immigration reform bill passes. Illegals will win a prize.
3. Freedom and security
Washington’s failures cost us money and security. When we have to worry about those wishing us harm we lose our freedom, too. That big, broken immigration system Democrats want to overhaul can’t handle the paperwork it already has. That puts our security at risk. Will more heads to count and visas to keep track of make things better?
How did “bomber” elude immigration workers when they did their background check on a woman turned U.S. citizen who was arrested in Illinois last week?
A naturalized U.S. citizen, who was convicted in Israel for participating in a terrorist bombing, was charged with immigration fraud following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).4
Our lack of diligence on the Boston bomber we were warned about didn’t do us any favors, either. We can’t screen the foreign nationals we let through now any more than we can handle a surge of health care applications. Will processing 11 million illegal immigrants do anything but provide more jobs for federal workers who will not get the job done?
Do the majority of Americans want what the president plans on doing, or do they support what he is telling us will happen if we agree? How do you make an informed decision in a sea of distorted facts, misrepresentations, and outright lies? You can’t. This is not America’s democracy. This is Obama’s.
5. Justice and fairness
These American values should apply to taxpayers, but most of us know how things really work. When it comes to illegal immigrants free education is not enough. Free health care is not enough. Free police and fire protection and other public services are not enough. Minimum wage guarantees for illegal workers are not enough. Resident college tuition is not enough. Illegal immigrants demand legal status and citizenship and will not stop until they get it. We are running out of politicians and public officials with the courage and integrity to deliver a little justice to Americans by drawing a line in the sand and saying NO.