Why were we dismayed when Joe Biden claimed in a March 2014 speech that immigrants in our country illegally are “already Americans”? We heard the same thing from his boss about DREAMers, the immigrant special interest group of school and college age kids that Barack Obama expanded to include illegal immigrants under thirty:
They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.1
Like it or not, Obama is right about this one. He made it true. He has done everything in his power and a few things likely outside the scope of the presidency to reinforce liberal America’s delusion that immigrants, illegal immigrants, and citizens are practically one and the same (see: DACA: New Immigration Policy Proves DREAMers are Dupes and Pawns). That’s what makes immigrants the special interest group from hell. We don’t know who they are anymore, whether “immigrants” means Ellis Island refugees or half-mad coke mules crossing the Southwest border. They can be anything politicians want them to be. The only safe bet is that if Democrats are talking about immigrants, the kind they are interested in is the illegal kind.
Legal immigrants don’t have to slink out of the shadows.
There was truth to the idea of America being a nation of immigrants before it was turned into a lie to make the presence of illegal immigrants acceptable. The “out of the shadows” slogan is a misnomer, too. Like any other loudmouthed special interest group, immigrants with no right to be here have never been shy about rallying to demand rights they don’t have (see: American Rights for the Asking).
The result? This special interest group has tied the country up in knots and put lawmakers at each other’s throats.
In America’s face: illegal immigrants are the worst special interest group.
They aren’t citizens and if you believe the propaganda they risk deportation every time they go out in the sunlight, so how can immigrants in the U.S. illegally have such an impact considering they can’t vote, work, or pay income taxes?
Washington is risking all for this overindulged special interest. The president will violate the powers of his office and ignore Congress to benefit them. Republicans are in complete disarray over what policy to adopt to deal with 11 million immigrants we don’t need but Democrats keep insisting we want. The House speaker is risking his political future while giving the impression that he will play along with the White House:
“So, I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: we need immigration reform. It’s good for our country, and frankly it’s the right thing to do.2
While in the same speech he insisted on enforcement that immigrant special interests will never accept:
Now, this principle of fairness should extend to the issue of immigration as well. Americans expect, as a nation of laws, that we’ll enforce them – starting at the border. I think it’s only fair. They expect that no one who broke our laws will get special treatment.3
We’ve heard Boehner signal assent, slam the door, and then nod agreement on immigration reform again, six months before an election that could decide his party’s future and too late in the legislative session to accomplish anything.
States have gone out of their way to keep illegal immigrants happy, especially broke states like Illinois and California who need the tax dollars. For those states and localities resisting the financial drain, Arne Duncan joined Eric Holder today to make the federal stance on spending your money on illegal immigrants very difficult to misinterpret:
The message here is clear: let all children who live in your district enroll in your public schools.4
Duncan is right. The message is clear. American values will be sacrificed to the nation of immigrants scam the president continues to drum into the heads of gullible voters:
Last year, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate came together to pass a common-sense bill that would grow our economy and shrink our deficits, reward businesses and workers that played by the rules — all while upholding our most cherished values as a nation of immigrants.5
How would dumping millions of illegal immigrants into the labor market help American workers who play by the rules? How does it uphold values that no one in the Obama administration would be capable of articulating? It doesn’t, but when it comes to appeasing this special interest group from hell, doing right by legal immigrants and the American people has never been much of a consideration.