It must be gratifying for illegal immigrants to sneak into the U.S., grab their new identities, and hear news reports of states being whacked by our Justice Department. Our government did a great job helping illegals thrive in 2011. This did not stop immigrant groups from whining about deportations, but those making the most noise will never be satisfied with anything but mass amnesty.
How far are politicians willing to go to assure illegal immigrants that the Obama administration’s backdoor amnesty policy keeps them safe from law enforcement? The Justice Department has sued Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, and Utah, and parts of Georgia and Indiana’s laws have been halted by federal courts. The newest attack on state immigration enforcement returns us to Arizona, this time targeting Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
It seems odd that with all the turmoil over who to favor with year-end spending no one thought to retrieve a few dollars from illegal immigrants. Instead, Obama’s faux citizens had a pretty good week. They heard about a Connecticut mayor who got it into his head that they should be able to vote, they received news that the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits will likely be extended, and they heard that the Supreme Court will give them a voice, albeit indirectly, by hearing Arizona’s case on behalf of its immigration law.
Republicans going after Barack Obama’s job are making a big mistake by embracing the illegal immigration issue. The question of what to do with millions of illegals has plagued Mr. Obama from his earliest vows to deliver a path to citizenship. Why are Republican contenders following in his footsteps, and why are they permitting illegal immigrants to become a focus of dissent within the GOP?