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.
When we talk about immigration policy do we mean law enforcement or amnesty disguised as a comprehensive reform bill? At the moment illegal immigrants are losing their quest for legalization and citizenship. Even the fate of DACA recipients, the sympathetic poster children for reform, is up for grabs until Republicans can decide what to do without angering their base, Democrats, or both.
Immigration policy pits states against feds
Few things showcase the insanity of immigration policies better than state efforts to either crack down or hand the benefits of everything their citizens work for to illegals.
Under Barack Obama state enforcement meant federal lawsuits while liberal states like California and Illinois set their fiscal crises set aside and lured the undocumented with driver’s licenses, resident college tuition and financial aid, and assurances of sanctuary protection from federal law enforcement.
Fairness, justice, and hypocrisy
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 Kate’s Law and bills to reign in dangerous immigrants. This contentious issue has turned into a debate over opposites: how much can the left dole out to curry favor and how much of the right’s push to close our gates is just?
What is the immigration category about?
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 our economic woes.
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.
No, the world is not coming to an end. All Trump did was lay out a plan to enforce the border. He didn’t advocate that we use snipers, sharpshooters, or land mines to stop unwary illegals and their DACA-bound kids.
He might as well have.
Instead we got a border wall, which is a pretty benign solution to a very big problem that a fading number of conservatives being criticized as Trump’s base still want to put a stop to.