Much of what happens in politics can easily be explained by the story of the old woman and the snake. Kansas would do well to remember the story. Public officials and business owners who defy reason and law by giving a helping hand to illegal immigrants risk suffering the fate of the old woman, shocked and amazed that their good intentions could turn on them so swiftly.
Washington needs cash. When Democrats go hunting for spending money they are so used to pointing fingers at the wealthy, and have made class warfare so central to their agenda that they have ignored an untapped revenue source that ties in perfectly with their president’s goal of turning illegal immigrants into Americans.
It seems odd that with all the turmoil over who to favor with year-end spending no one thought to retrieve a few dollars from illegal immigrants. Instead, Obama’s faux citizens had a pretty good week. They heard about a Connecticut mayor who got it into his head that they should be able to vote, they received news that the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits will likely be extended, and they heard that the Supreme Court will give them a voice, albeit indirectly, by hearing Arizona’s case on behalf of its immigration law.
The hand-wringing over a teacher bailout for destitute states did not stop the Justice Department from saddling Alabama’s public school system with extra work to benefit illegal immigrants. A November 1, 2011 “Dear Superintendent” letter asks for a laundry list of information on school attendance and enrollment in a punitive reminder that states have to educate illegals, like it or not.
What took so long? The House has finally moved against the Obama administration’s shameless immigration policy with the Judiciary Committee’s approval of a subpoena for Homeland Security. With all the talk from the White House and DHS about their new criminals-only approach to enforcement, will we finally get some legally binding numbers on what the administration has chosen to do with illegal immigrants who are taken into custody?