The Immigration Ploy

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When the new, and perhaps short-lived, immigration policy is looked at in terms of how it can be administered, it makes even less sense.

While this policy is rationalized in terms of children, those who invoke it are likely to do so as adults.

How do you check someone’s claim that he was brought into the country illegally when he was a child? If Obama gets reelected, it is very unlikely that illegal immigrants will really have to prove anything. The administration can simply choose not to enforce that provision, as so many other immigration laws are unenforced in the Obama administration.

If Obama does not get reelected, then it may not matter anyway, when his Executive Order can be gone after he is gone.

Ultimately, it does not matter what immigration policy this country has, if it cannot control its own borders. Whoever wants to come, and who has the chutzpah, will come. And the fact that they come across the Mexican border does not mean that they are all Mexicans. They can just as easily be terrorists from the Middle East.

Only after the border is controlled can any immigration policy matter be seriously considered, and options weighed through the normal Constitutional process of Congressional hearings, debate and legislation, rather than by Presidential short-cuts.

Not only is border control fundamental, what is also fundamental is the principle that immigration policy does not exist to accommodate foreigners but to protect Americans — and the American culture that has made this the world’s richest, freest and most powerful nation for more than a century.

No nation can absorb unlimited numbers of people from another culture without jeopardizing its own culture. In the 19th and early 20th century, America could absorb millions of immigrants who came here to become Americans. But the situation is entirely different today, when group separatism, resentment and polarization are being promoted by both the education system and politicians.

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  • davarino

    Great article. I had not thought of that angle, that the "amnesty" could go away in a few short months. What Obama gave the illegals is a thoughtful gesture, but thats all. It gives them false hope………..just like everything else he has done for America.

  • StephenD

    I echo Davarino's sentiments. Also, I hadn't considered your second point and that is, How do you disprove the claim from someone here a week that is under 30 that says he was brought here as a child? I know he has stipulations such as Military Service or school enrollment but serious people must understand that these criteria too will be sidelined should this "program" really pick up any momentum. Essentially then we will have an Open Border Policy and since we know now of at least 54 different nationalities that have crossed the southern border, we can expect plenty more.

    • dmw

      And, what will Homeland Security do when, as it processes the less than 30 year olds who have to provide proof of being "dragged in", the agency becomes aware of the illegal parents still in the country? And according to Secretary Incompetano's letter to the various agencies involved, the new policy is supposed to be implemented in 60 days. Hay Caramba!!! The whole thing is flat pandering and not serious.

  • clarespark

    The President's ploy will fall on prepared ground ploughed by academics in colleges and high schools, those who have advanced the study of "the common man" and buried how leaders make decisions (the latter condemned as "elitist" and based on "literary sources." I wrote about that here:…. The title is "The social history racket+illegal immigration." I couldn't agree more with Sowell's fine article.

  • tagalog

    Is this new immigration thingie a matter of executive order or is it some sort of policy directive to Janet Neapolitano?

    A government that issues rules by fiat like this is not democratic; it's not a republic either. It's a wannabe monarchy, or some other government ruled by one person. A society ruled by laws must have laws that are certain, reliable, and predictable; that's fundamental.

    A society that governs itself based on the consent of the governed, that then turns around and carries on like this is not a society that is governing by the consent of the governed. It is government ruling by decree. John Locke said that if that happens, the governed may withdraw their consent and are not bound by the rules that have been passed down.

    • Jim_C

      It's a change in enforcement policy that every modern president has availed himself of.

  • Ghostwriter

    Both Americans and legal immigrants should be angry at what President Obama has done. I know the immigration system has problems but this is no way to fix it.

  • aspacia

    Bravo! I have had many racist proLa Raza illegal immigrants in class