Illegal immigrants enjoyed a double victory this week as Barack Obama continued his quest to create 11 million new Democrats. One day before the president assured illegals that DREAM Act amnesty was part of the solution to our immigration woes, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano explained to a Senate subcommittee that DHS was not interested in more than a fraction of our illegal population.
Other than for casual amusement, listening to anything spilling from Ms. Napolitano’s lips is a waste of time (see: Homeland Security’s Southwest Border Fantasy). One year ago, she boasted of airport security achievements:
DHS has fulfilled a key 9/11 Commission recommendation by implementing Secure Flight for 100 percent of passengers flying domestically and internationally on U.S. airlines, meaning that TSA, not the air carriers, vets passengers against government watchlists using passenger name, date of birth, and gender before a boarding pass is issued.1
That statement was just put to the test. We need to keep airport security simple. Perhaps screeners could start by checking for a valid boarding pass.
Last Tuesday, the DHS Secretary competently regurgitated the Obama line on DREAM Act amnesty. She slipped in a favorite Democratic phrase to justify not deporting school age illegal immigrants, “… through no fault of their own.”2 If illegals want to live in America, they need to learn how things work. We routinely punish children for the deeds of their parents. They are put in state custody, they are sent to foster homes, and their lives are uprooted and even ruined through no fault of their own. At least we can do illegal immigrants the favor of keeping their families together when they are deported. When one goes, they all should go.
Ms. Napolitano testified that DHS is focusing on criminal aliens.3 In 2010, deported criminal aliens were between 2-4% of U.S. illegals (see: Criminal Aliens: An Unaffordable Luxury). Targeting criminals provides an easy excuse to ignore the vast majority of illegal immigrants so the president can convert them into voters. Napolitano’s testimony that the DREAM Act contributes to enforcement because only illegals of “good moral character” qualify is nonsense. Those who qualify will receive amnesty, and those who do not will stay in the country, just as they do now, knowing their chances of apprehension are nil. The real kick in the teeth for citizens will come with the decision that illegal alien criminals with DREAM Act-eligible children can remain so they can support their kids.
President Obama also handed illegal immigrants a victory, inserting doubt about E-Verify into the enforcement discussion:
E-verify can be an important enforcement tool if it’s not riddled with errors, if U.S. citizens are protected — because what I don’t want is a situation in which employers are forced to set up a system that they can’t be certain works.4
Despite questions about E-Verify, Mr. Obama assured us that we still have the DREAM Act to fall back on, relying again on the “no fault of their own” phrase:
But let’s also not lose sight of some of the other components to immigration reform. For example, making sure that DREAM Act kids — kids who have grown up here in the United States, think of themselves as Americans, who are not legal through no fault of their own, and who are ready to invest and give back to our country and go to school and fight in our military and start businesses here — let’s make sure that those kids can stay. 5
It is counterproductive to spend money on expensive technology while minimizing enforcement efforts. Instead of funding gimmicks like SBInet (see: Homeland Security’s Lesson in Denial), E-Verify, and airport security measures that the Federal Government is incapable of developing, implementing, or using, it is time to cut costs and get back to basics. For example, airport screeners can use ID-Verify by asking “Do you have ID?”, or Boarding Pass-Verify by asking “Do you have a valid boarding pass?” When someone applies for a job, we can use English-Verify by asking “Do You Speak English?” Red flags for employers are incomprehensible answers and blank stares. These methods are cheap, require no skills or technology and, sadly, are better than claiming we are solving problems while we are, in fact, doing little or nothing.