Let’s get two things straight:
1. Obama’s executive immigration action is about rewarding Latino illegal immigrants.
2. Border security is a straw man, not a goal.
Only our president could feel so emboldened as to brazenly lie to the American people to benefit the largest and most politically important group of illegals, calling rewarding their behavior “accountability” while promising he will seal off the gateway to the Promised Land once and for all. He has boasted dedicating historic levels of manpower for years, but discussing the 2016 budget Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson promised the same thing all over again:
Secure and manage our borders, including historic levels of front-line personnel, technology, and infrastructure to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit contraband, while fostering legitimate trade and travel.1
Border security hasn’t worked out because too few in Congress are serious about it. The president? We know where he stands.
Why does border security depend on executive action?
In his role as one of Obama’s talking heads, Secretary Johnson is backing the same lie of accountability and security as Obama. He recently threatened us with the consequences of Republican efforts to stop our president from passing his own laws by limiting funding for his agency:
Important investments in border security technology cannot be initiated, including additional resources to upgrade obsolete remote video surveillance systems and mobile video surveillance systems in the Rio Grande Valley;2
Homeland Security’s problems with technology, like the legendary failure of SBInet, are the kind of oversight disasters watchdog agencies deplore. We might be able to give Johnson a second chance with high technology if he was serious about locking things down, but the administration’s motives are so transparent that we know stopping the influx of future Democrats would never be considered as anything more than a duplicitous talking point.
Johnson also nixed the idea of a continuing resolution, again threatening the security of our Southwest border if we don’t do what Obama is demanding:
The public must also be aware of the impact on our ability to secure the borders as long as we operate on a CR. As part of our executive actions to reform the immigration system, the President and I have emphasized increased border security. Added border security is also a key component of the President’s FY 2015 and FY 2016 budget submissions to Congress.3
Can we have it both ways, a reward for coming to America and a secure border that denies that reward? Of course not. The Latino community extends across both sides of the border. One of the biggest lies perpetrated against the American people is that the border will be sealed if we take the next step and legalize the immigrants already here. The only reason border security is key is because we have made it a partisan football that gets tossed back and forth with no resolution in sight.
The political chicanery with which Obama’s security lie has been sold to Americans as part of his unlawful executive action is nothing short of appalling. He made these remarks recently to a group of his DREAMers:
Particularly for Republicans who claim that they are interested in strong border security, why would you cut off your nose to spite your face by defunding the very operations that are involved in making sure that we’ve got strong border security, particularly at a time when we’ve got real concerns about countering terrorism?4
Like a secure border, terrorism is a straw man. The real goal is courting Latinos, the largest group of illegal immigrants.
How did accountability turn into being rewarded for breaking the law?
It is simply not possible to close off the expanse of territory that borders Mexico while you insist on accountability that offers jobs and even Social Security and Medicare benefits to illegal immigrants. Obama’s accountability package is meant to sound punishing:
After waiting for the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform, in November the President acted within his legal authority to help secure the border, hold millions of undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules and pays their fair share of taxes.5
The administration has put the word out that it wants to do whatever it takes to hold illegals accountable, including making them legal residents. Promoting immigration reform while touting the White House “Year of Action and the Latino Community,” the president assigned a number to the lucky ones:
Those words echoed a nation when President Obama spoke in November on his immigration executive action to bring millions of immigrants out of the shadows. The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold 4 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.6
What possible reasons would Latinos south of the border have for thinking that we won’t make them legal residents if they come here? Americans don’t trust Congress to put a stop to it under this president or any other. Obama’s executive action is just the start. At best nothing will change. More than likely things will get worse. More illegals will come over. In time we’ll be having this discussion all over again, figuring out how to secure the border and legalize the millions more who came over during the post-executive order surge. That’s the essence of Obama’s Latino lie. When you keep offering people more there is no end to what they will take.