When we talk about immigration policy do we mean law enforcement or amnesty disguised as a comprehensive reform bill? At the moment illegal immigrants are losing their quest for legalization and citizenship. Even the fate of DACA recipients, the sympathetic poster children for reform, is up for grabs until Republicans can decide what to do without angering their base, Democrats, or both.
Immigration policy pits states against feds
Few things showcase the insanity of immigration policies better than state efforts to either crack down or hand the benefits of everything their citizens work for to illegals.
Under Barack Obama state enforcement meant federal lawsuits while liberal states like California and Illinois set their fiscal crises set aside and lured the undocumented with driver’s licenses, resident college tuition and financial aid, and assurances of sanctuary protection from federal law enforcement.
Fairness, justice, and hypocrisy
Immigration reform is no longer about fairness, justice, or America’s history as a nation of immigrants. If it was, we would not be arguing over Kate’s Law and bills to reign in dangerous immigrants. This contentious issue has turned into a debate over opposites: how much can the left dole out to curry favor and how much of the right’s push to close our gates is just?
What is the immigration category about?
In this category you will find posts on border control, amnesty, the failure of our government to enforce immigration laws, and the consequences of telling Americans a sweeping immigration bill will solve our economic woes.
Using a Republican to reintroduce a pet Democratic immigration bill is a clever ploy. S.1615, the 2017 Dream Act didn’t have much of a chance when it was brought back to life by Senator Lindsey Graham in July 2017. Last week’s unacceptable verdict in the trial of Kate Steinle’s killer makes the Graham Durbin dream bill a tougher sell than ever.
Sometimes no matter what you do, it’s never enough. When the Trump administration announced the October 5, 2017 renewal deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals so DREAMers could get their ducks in a row before the program expired, Democrats worked themselves into a lather.