The best friend undocumented immigrants have ever had just got jeered during a speech in Obama-friendly California because his plan to do something fundamentally unfair to citizens isn’t moving fast enough. The hecklers were few, but immigration reform is in trouble. Does that mean our president’s ideas have to be shelved, or do Democrats just need to come up with more taxpayer-friendly ways to be fair?
It hit me while Illinois politicians were slapping each other’s backs over their new gay marriage win. Perhaps it was naïve not to have realized what was happening before now. Lawmakers must sense that their house of cards is about to come crashing down as debt consumes our state. What better way to protect yourself for the bad times than by seeking forgiveness in advance?
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.
There was no uproar when it happened, but what John Morton pulled off for the Obama administration with his prosecutorial discretion memo was a political coup that is still paying big dividends. The ICE director paved the way for Barack Obama’s deferred action order and stuck a big foot in the door for illegal immigrants. When comprehensive immigration reform fails to pass, prosecutorial discretion will be the basis for executive orders and policies that will accomplish the same thing without the involvement of Congress (see: Deferred Action Order Flaunts the Genius of Obama).
The Boston terrorists brought Americans together. The shootings in Newtown drove us apart. What was the difference? The Newtown tragedy was pushed aside so members of Congress could focus on controlling guns with a polarizing bill that, ironically, brought a surge of Second Amendment patriotism.
The Boston attacks raised old questions about the sort of open-armed immigration policies that make life in America accessible to immigrants but less safe for citizens.
For all the demands that we delve into the identities and backgrounds of citizens who purchase guns, did anyone stop to consider why we deny the same citizens the protection of not having to compete with illegals for work? When gun owners go to the polls should they worry that their voting rights are not being protected, either, because the identification needed to buy a firearm is not required to exercise the right to vote?
It figures that New York Senator Charles Schumer would link the Senate immigration sell-out with Dyngus Day on April Fools’,¹ talking about Polish immigrants instead of the Latino illegals Democrats have pinned their hopes to. Taxpayers have heard enough nonsense about reforming America’s immigration system to secure our nation’s future and not enough about the real motivation behind a reform bill.
When citizens lie to congressional committees we call it perjury. When politicians play games and reinvent the truth, or confuse it so badly that neither the government nor the public has any idea what the truth is, we call it partisanship.
In Washington, going back to square one after lots of money and effort have been expended means failure, a radical policy shift, or both.