Does Mencken not translate well, or are the illegals applying for Obama’s new immigration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), too busy jumping through Citizenship and Immigration Services hoops to sign up for English classes? If they took a moment to consider why our government is offering them a temporary, $465.00 stay from being deported, they might understand why DACA immunity is such a cynical political calculation.
Obama’s new immigration policy is for Democrats, not illegals.
Only an idealist with brain damage could believe that the DACA program came from the president’s deep-seated sense of injustice over the plight of foreign youngsters dragged across our border. The White House desperately needed to show that Mr. Obama was capable of following through on at least one promise in four years other than health care. The new immigration policy was the easiest success he could pull off without involving Congress. Illegals did not get comprehensive immigration reform or the DREAM Act. Instead, they got DACA.
Citizenship and Immigration Services takes a political stance on deferred action.
Tucked away in the Citizenship and Immigration Services list of deferred action FAQs are these two gems:
Q12: Does this Administration remain committed to comprehensive immigration reform?
A12: Yes. The Administration has consistently pressed for passage of comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act, because the President believes these steps are critical to building a 21st century immigration system that meets our nation’s economic and security needs.
Q13: Is passage of the DREAM Act still necessary in light of the new process?¹
The answer to this one was also a resounding “Yes.”² Now that we know where Citizenship and Immigration Services stands, why are we allowing an agency that is so obviously politicized on the illegal immigration issue to be the one deciding who will benefit from the wand of temporary amnesty? Because the White House left us no choice.
Is applying for DACA an admission of criminal behavior?
The DACA application process allows illegals to use W-2s or other employment records to prove U.S. residence. Not to belabor the obvious, but in lieu of a work permit which would make temporary amnesty unnecessary, how do applicants manage to produce W-2s without admitting that they broke the law? They will also be turning in their employers for labor law violations if they were not authorized to work, but perhaps Obama immigration law will spare illegals as long as we prosecute the businesses that employ them.
DACA dumps illegals in immigration limbo.
Citizenship and Immigration Services raised the question about the ethics of the new immigration policy:
As the President has stated, individuals who would qualify for the DREAM Act deserve certainty about their status.³
Legal limbo is not a good place to be when you have no right to be where you are and the rug can be jerked out from under you at any moment. For DREAMers considering applying for DACA, is temporary amnesty preferable to maintaining a false identity and waiting for Democrats to grant amnesty with a comprehensive immigration reform bill?
There are various employment scenarios for Obama’s DACA DREAMers. None of them are good. They can look forward to low wage jobs with businesses that refuse to bear the expense of training employees who might be on a bus back home in two years. How many employers will make the decision to hire a DREAMer with a temporary work permit instead of a citizen who needs a job? In the unlikely event that companies embrace the untapped talent supposedly residing in DREAMers, then these special illegals will be competing with Americans looking for work. Can DACA applicants seriously believe that the nation will support them as they brandish their new work permits to take skilled jobs from citizens?
Politicians have a knack for remembering who supported them, something Hispanic voters in favor of DACA may wish to consider before they throw their support behind the president. We are a long way from comprehensive immigration reform and the blanket amnesty Democrats seek. America could see a responsible GOP majority before the amnesty bill DREAMers are waiting for ever reaches a vote.