Sometimes no matter what you do, it’s never enough. When the Trump administration announced the October 5, 2017 renewal deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals so DREAMers could get their ducks in a row before the program expired, Democrats worked themselves into a lather. The word got out. America was getting ready to line up fleets of jetliners to start a massive deportation process to remove our youngest and brightest.
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.
It makes sense that a congressman from Chicago, Illinois would want to do everything humanly possible to cut down on the city’s gang problem. I’m not sure how he feels about gangbangers who are citizens, but Rep. Luis Gutierrez is certainly concerned about criminal alien gang members who could be removed if H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, picks up more traction and becomes law:
his [Speaker Ryan’s] priority is feeding red meat to the anti-immigration wing of his party and satisfying them with a big helping of ‘let’s label Latino youth as machete-wielding menaces.’1
That sounds a little inflammatory even for Gutierrez, but when it comes to immigration he has a knack for that.
At the beginning of the summer Attorney General Sessions announced the National Public Safety Partnership as a way to funnel even more federal crime-fighting money to violent cities. The program is a carrot for those that choose to fall in line with Trump administration policies on criminal aliens. Denying federal funds is the stick for places where big city values collide with public safety.
There are no Democratic cosponsors to H.R. 3004, but the House vote that gave approval to Kate’s Law shows that at least 24 Dems are willing to publicly place Americans first and illegal aliens second.
That’s not the case for most of their colleagues. Party politics came first when House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) came out against the bill:
Kate’s Law would further criminalize repeated denials of entry into the U.S., making it harder for people coming here on employment visas, for family needs, or even seeking asylum to be treated fairly.
Fear-mongering over immigration was the best thing Democrats had going for them until they decided Russia was more important than domestic policy. A lot more fear was spread by angry lawmakers than anything that came from the White House. In fact, something has been going on behind the scenes that we don’t hear much about. USCIS case processing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has proceeded quietly in the background.