Illegals and politicians are a match made in heaven with a common goal: advancing themselves and expecting everyone else to pick up the tab. More than ever illegals in America have their hands out, thanks to Obama immigration policy that tells them to expect everything from publicly funded education to tax refunds (see: New Immigration Policy Could Force Us to Overlook Fraud).
Politicians are a lot like illegals. They always have their hands out. Their job is deciding how much we will pay their supporters to keep them in office.
Social exclusion? Immigrant rights supporters put ethnicity in the spotlight.
Have you ever wondered why those who insist America must be color blind are the ones who fuel social exclusion by pandering to ethnicity every time they want something? The importance assigned to the Latino vote and the demands of illegal immigrants to nullify U.S. immigration laws have led self-serving legislators to put ethnicity first and our American identity second. Fortunately, social exclusion can serve a purpose, like rejecting illegals that politicians are going out of their way to legitimize.
Is this how inclusion is supposed to work?
Immigrant rights groups and politicians decry the social exclusion of illegals and have gone overboard trying to assimilate them under the “immigrant” catchall. When it comes time to make a few demands the ethnic card is thrown on the table to scare away naysayers, putting those striving for inclusion in the spotlight. Need an example? Go to the House of Representatives.
Hispanic Caucus confuses immigrants in America with illegals.
When the Congressional Hispanic Caucus listed some of the ways the Democratic Party benefits Hispanics, they included expected flourishes like “Democrats Are Pushing Job-Creating Legislation” and “Democrats Fighting for Opportunity for Hispanics – By Protecting Gains in College Aid.”¹
When it came time to blast Republicans, who a caucus member recently labeled “repulsive” to Latinos (see: Self-Deportation Is the Best Amnesty We Can Offer), the group opted for divisive issues that have nothing to do with Hispanic citizens. Instead, they criticized the GOP for opposing the DREAM Act, for the HALT Act, for attempts to implement E-verify, and for suggesting that we get rid of birthright citizenship.²
Are these lawmakers suggesting that the loyalties of Hispanic Americans lie elsewhere and that ethnic favoritism will prevent the social exclusion that works against illegal immigration, or have they simply fallen into the lie of their own rhetoric and believe that illegals are their constituents (see: Anti-Business Immigration Policy Targets Job Creators)?
Nothing guarantees inclusion like job opportunities.
When it comes to illegals, labor laws are meant to punish employers. Absent an immigration bill, politicians had no choice but to join our Department of Labor in getting the word out that legal status is irrelevant to the rights of workers unless those rights are infringed upon because of immigration status.
When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services included W2s and pay stubs in its list of admissible identity documents for deferred action applications, it should have occurred to some bright bulb in Washington that these were documents that law-abiding illegals would not possess. This is where the Obama stance on immigration policy leaves us. We have backdoor amnesty from conflicting, nonsensical policies that force inclusion with nothing on the books to make the whole mess legitimate.
Immigrant rights vs. social exclusion? Don’t blame illegals. Blame politicians.
With all the talk about immigrant rights, fairness, and broken immigration policy, why is no one questioning why immigrants need rights different from the protections afforded all Americans? Citizens and immigrants who are here legally have their rights on the books. The concern is coming from those demanding rights they are not entitled to, just as they are attempting to seize citizenship with a minimum of effort and maximum disregard for the ways of our country.
Politicians ensure social exclusion for illegals when they support calls to circumvent the law and pass out undeserved and unearned rights and benefits, and highlight ethnicity as an excuse for permissiveness. “Immigrant rights” is an abusive misnomer created by Obama immigration policy. Citizens and legal residents have rights. Illegals should only have the right to get out, social exclusion pushed to its limits.