What do a death row inmate and a Democrat have in common? When the end is near they do unexpected things. Killers find God. Desperate Democrats worry about spending too much. That’s the kind of absurdity we are faced with as Congress fights over the Trump wall. The cost to taxpayers is suddenly a worry for Capitol Hill spenders who usually regard Americans as a convenience to fund their agenda.
Is an amnesty sellout disguised as comprehensive immigration reform still on the way? Illegal immigrants may be losing their quest for legalization and citizenship, but the new threat of undocumented children crossing the border and Obama’s attempted extension of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, now stalled in the courts, puts a new spin on arguments for overhauling immigration laws.
Few things showcase the insanity of liberalism better than state efforts to hand the benefits of everything their citizens work for to illegals. California and Illinois lead the pack, their fiscal crises set aside in the rush to lure the undocumented to their streets. No benefit or accommodation is too great: driver’s licenses, resident college tuition and financial aid, and in Chicago assurances of sanctuary city protection by a mayor still doing our president’s bidding.
In this category you will find posts on border control, amnesty, the failure of our government to enforce immigration laws, and the consequences of telling Americans a sweeping immigration bill will solve all of our economic woes.
Immigration reform is no longer about fairness, justice, or America’s history as a nation of immigrants. If it was, we would not be arguing over sanctuary cities in the wake of a murder by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco. This contentious issue has turned into a debate over whether what this country has to offer should be doled out for political gain.
UPDATE February 21, 2017: the debate just changed with the announcement of a new immigration enforcement order by the Trump administration. Only DACA appears spared at the moment and that could certainly change. No one seems exempt from removal any longer, though most of our efforts will continue to be directed at criminals. Perhaps this will make illegals think twice about making that journey over the border, especially with new catch and deport rules in effect.
At first I thought the Recognizing America’s Children Act (“RAC”) was a Democratic ploy to keep DACA alive in case President Trump and Jeff Sessions turned their attention to deferred action. Not so. H.R. 1468 is a GOP creation. It’s what a Republican amnesty bill looks like. The RAC Act reads a lot like DACA and has something in common: it talks about children but the people it benefits aren’t kids.
Is there a better reason to build a border wall than the data on illegal reentry of deported aliens? The numbers are going down, but that didn’t stop 15,744 individuals from being convicted of illegal reentry in 2016. 97.7% were sentenced to prison for an average of 14 months.1
We can’t stop deported aliens from coming back to the U.S.
How much abuse of a government system we rely on should we tolerate before we finally say no? We got an answer earlier this month when Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was finally deported for a crime committed years before.
If you are a Democrat money grows on taxpayer trees. When problems that impact citizens conflict with issues like immigration the hot button usually wins.
It took eight years and a few weeks. It seemed much longer. At long last we have the immigration order we want. This one isn’t another White House excuse like prosecutorial discretion. It’s not a weepy nod to children in their twenties brought here through no fault of their own or another trick to allow their parents to stay.
I go to work every day. My job is important to me. Could my company get along without me? Of course. Anyone can be replaced, but it would never occur to me to boycott my employer because of my political convictions. Boycotting your job to prove your worth is a good sign that you don’t value what you do and aren’t offering much to the economy.
What could be worse than millions of demanding foreigners who ignore our laws, protest how we enforce them, and refuse to leave? How about American citizens and government officials who stand with them? Protests over ICE raids rounding up criminal illegals make a very disheartening statement about where our citizens place their loyalty.
Protests over ICE raids: crime is an exception to the law
While the outcry got louder over ICE’s immigration clean up, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told us:
Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.
When it comes to political predicaments it’s hard to top having to please everyone on immigration. The obvious solution is to do nothing. That hasn’t worked so well and is a damned no matter what you do scenario. Short of deporting every last illegal by the end of January, Trump will have a hard time pleasing hard liners.