Amnesty By Any Means Necessary

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


obama-mad-33The Obama administration is determined to continue mocking the separation of powers concept contained in the Constitution. Thus, the president is contemplating another unilateral move with regard to illegal immigration, allowing some illegal aliens brought here as children to serve in the United States military.

The move is an outgrowth of another unilateral decision made by Obama, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA provided work permits and deferred action from deportation to approximately 500,000 younger illegals who met certain eligibility criteria. The Defense Department “continues to examine the laws and policies that address the eligibility of noncitizens to serve in the military in order to determine if and how our programs could be applied to DACA recipients,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement.

The move is yet another effort to push the envelope on comprehensive immigration reform cherished by the administration, the Democratic Party and a substantial number of Republicans. Several members from both parties hardly need pushing. Efforts were made to attach immigrant-related measures to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) being debated this week. Reps. Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) submitted an amendment aimed at allowing DACA beneficiaries, better known as “Dreamers,” to attend military academies. “The administration’s Deferred Action policy allowed many of these Dreamers to live, study, and work in this country without the fear of deportation,” Castro said in a statement about his amendment. “However, we must ensure that the doors of opportunity are not closed to them as they strive to get ahead.” 

A trio of House Representatives submitted two different amendments aimed at allowing illegal aliens to join the military. Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) proposal also included a subsection that would grant “permanent residency” status to qualified enlistees. Reps.Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) filed a measure on Monday called the Enlist Act that would also allow enlistees to become eligible for citizenship. It was co-sponsored 50 House members, 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans. “There is no better way to show your patriotism, your commitment, your sacrifice and the willingness to earn that citizenship than being willing to serve in our military,” Denham asserted.

Apparently it has escaped Denham and others that a better way to demonstrate one’s commitment to the nation might be respecting its laws. Laws that include going to the back of the line of those attempting to immigrate here legally. 

Fortunately, in an early Wednesday morning vote, the House Rules Committee blocked the immigrant-related amendments to the NDAA. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) explained the Enlist Act would not be part of the NDAA debate. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was of like mind—temporarily. “We have supported it in the past, but trying to do this on the National Defense Authorization bill seems to be an inappropriate place to do it,” Boehner explained.

Rep. Castro was upset. ”I’m disappointed that expanding opportunity to all of our students to the U.S military academies is not allowed to be part of the discussion about our nation’s defense readiness,” he said in a statement.

Castro’s disappointment pales in comparison to that of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). In testimony on Monday before the Senate Appropriation’s Defense Subcommittee on the same subject, Gutierrez insisted that “our society must work around the fact that our immigration laws are thirty years out-of-date and the military is no exception.” Toward the end of his testimony, he doubled down. “The fact that we have an estimated 11 million or more people living and working here underground is a serious national problem that must be resolved,” he declared. “We have as a society rightly concluded that driving out 11 million people and their families is bad policy. But leaving the status quo is no solution, either. In the meantime, every institution in America, including our military, must work around the inability of our federal government and the U.S. House of Representatives to fix our immigration system.”

In other words, a United States congressman who took an oath to support and defend the laws of this nation is advocating for overt and widespread lawlessness. In a nation where the rule of law still mattered, calling for “every institution in America” to disobey the law this would be strongly condemned. In this nation, “noble” agendas now trump “trivial” legalities.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats revealed their latest noble agenda. After meeting with pro-immigration advocates at the Capitol, they announced their intention to rally around one idea, as in focusing all of their efforts on recalcitrant House Republicans from now until the beginning of August when the Senate ends their current session. “We talked about doing everything we could to get the House to act before August recess,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) following the meeting. “If they don’t act, you know, then the president is going to have no choice but to act on his own. But we’d all prefer that there be a legislative solution.”

Those who attended the meeting were primarily leftist pro-immigration factions, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democratic members of the Senate Gang of Eight that crafted the bill currently languishing in the House. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reportedly made the most persuasive case for waiting until August, in the hopes that legislative reform, with the full force of law behind it, would be enacted, rather than the kind of temporary relief implemented by the president.

Nonetheless not everyone was on board. Some at the meeting insisted that genuine movement on the issue must be seen by the Fourth of July recess, or early July. If not they expect “Senate Democratic leadership to be hand-in-hand with us completely on a broad relief both in terms of enforcement reforms and affirmative relief,” said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Clarissa Martinez de Castro, director of civic engagement and immigration at the National Council of La Raza, echoed that assertion. “I think the pressure is going to continue mounting on all sides,” she said. “We are going to continue pressuring the White House. Whenever there’s delay on the issue of immigration, it hasn’t really served us well.”

Unsurprisingly, “us” doesn’t include millions of Americans who will be ill-served, including the 47 percent of long-term unemployed Americans who say they’ve “completely given up on looking for a job,” or the 60 percent who say looking for work has been harder than expected, according to a Harris Poll. Nor are pro-immigration advocates the least bit concerned with a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report revealing that average wages “would be slightly lower than under current law through 2024,” and “slightly raise the unemployment rate through 2020.”

All that currently matters to the coalition of leftist activists and Democrats, who envision a permanent leftist hegemony, and like-minded Republicans, along with the Chamber of Commerce and various technology firms who envision an endless supply of cheap labor, is being able to sell this monstrosity to an American public disguised as bipartisan cooperation, rather than the sellout of American exceptionalism it truly represents.

What little resistance remains among Republicans was addressed by Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “Speaker Boehner has been very clear about this: He wants to fix America’s broken immigration system,” said Steel, “But no one trusts the White House to enforce the law as written.”

Including illegals themselves. A “crisis” condition has been declared in Texas, where so many undocumented and unaccompanied children from Central America have snuck into the country that the Border Patrol cannot find enough shelter to house them all. It is part of an effort by immigrant smugglers to take advantage of a U.S. law that prohibits children from being deported unless they are from Mexico. Children from everywhere else must be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services, increasing their chances to stay in the country—and making it possible that their parents and other relatives can join them.

Astoundingly, more than 60,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross into Texas this year alone. According to the report, many of them are being driven by the thought of getting DREAM Act amnesty, even though “it may not pass” and “only covers children who came here with their illegal immigrant parents, not alone, and children have to have entered the U.S. before 2012 to be eligible for the program.”

Really? The law was unilaterally enacted by the president, absent any input from Congress. Is there even a scintilla of doubt it could easily be “adjusted” when Democrat and media-fueled cries to do so “for the children” fill news cycle after news cycle?

A short editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune gets to the meat of such contempt for the law. It notes that a lack of enforcement in exchange for granting amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal aliens in 1986 has resulted in four times that number of illegals living in America today. It also poses the ultimate question Americans must ponder, following the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. “With the lack of will to enforce the law, what is the plan for the next 12 million illegal immigrants?” it asks.

Sadly, it’s an optimistic question. An additional 12 million illegal aliens attempting to enter the country in the hopes that still another round of amnesty will pass might be a modest total. That’s because Americans tend to think of illegal immigration as a problem almost wholly associated with nations to our south. The world is a far bigger place, and an American “welcome mat”—comprised of self-interested constituencies coupled with widespread contempt for the law—suggests we may be dealing with a far larger and more widespread assault on our borders in the future. And that’s assuming the word “border” retains any meaning at all in America’s future.

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  • Ban Liberals

    Because it worked so well with Mooslim Major and murderer Nidal Malik Hasan?

  • blacksunshine84

    The fact that illegals demand that 0webama ignore our constitution to grant them mass amnesty is evidence that they will shred our constitution for socialism the first chance that they get.

    • Edward E

      The “Melting Pot” agenda is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries!

      It’s not for Japan

      It’s not for India

      It’s not for Kenya

      It’s not for Saudi Arabia

      It’s not for Mexico

      It’s for EVERY White country on earth. Whites countries need to be
      MELTED and if you disagree then you are called a
      naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews! Any planned eradication of a race
      (aka “Melting Pot” for EVERY White country) IS geNOcide.

      Anti-Racist is a codeword for Anti-White

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  • Gee

    The US is throwing tens of thousands of AMERICAN citizens out of the military because of budget cut backs. So they need to import criminals into an organization that has too many people right now?
    WTF?

    • Drakken

      This is how Rome fell, it allowed foreign fighters into the Legions and they overwhelmed the Romans. If amnesty passes, this country as we know it is done.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Any legislation similar to the Dream Act suggests an effort to establish a one-party dictatorship. Illegal immigrants have already strained to the utmost public education and more in California. See http://clarespark.com/2012/06/21/the-hispanic-vote/. “The Hispanic Vote”. And don’t miss the linked essay on GLEE that has been pushing La Raza type cultural nationalism at the expense of other labor groups.

  • Harry_the_Horrible

    You’d think that the ‘Pubbies would notice how bad Obama and the Democrats want Amnesty and figure out that it might not be good for them or the Republic.
    But nooooooo…

    • sprinklerman

      They are only looking at the large cash cow that is the Chamber of Commerce that will immediately stop funding their campaigns to get re-elected. They have all become too comfortable and have long since sold out those they have sworn to serve.

      If your Representative or Senators support this, then they shouldn’t get your vote.

  • Capt Bob

    It is to bad that Obama doesn’t work this hard for the 62,000 Homeless American Veterans that are cold and hungry on the streets of the United States. What happen to: “We take care of our own”.

    • nomoretraitors

      Why should he care about them? They mostly vote Republican

  • Lanna

    We all know the goals of this destroyer Obama, of America…go ahead use your pen and your cell phone…it will be known forever what you did to America!

  • GSR

    Immigrants, legal and illegal, skew heavily left of center politically. Therefore, high levels of immigration is good for liberalism/progressivism/socialism/Big Government.

  • Poptoy1949

    This is wrong in every possible way. Just another example of obama tearing down the great country of america.

  • skier

    When he does… no one will say a word. He has been getting away with everything for the past 5 years. Americans don’t have the desire to get out on the streets and protest…. Maybe 100 people will. But that’s about it! And they will be mocked.

  • skier

    I wonder if they’ll have to speak English or everyone else will have to speak Spanish in the Military…

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Obama is EVIL!!!

  • pete

    Thanks for keeping this on the front burner.
    This country CAN NOT handle the alleged 11 mill illegals and its more like 20-25 anyway.
    And ALWAYS include the FACT of CHAIN MIGRATION / FAMILY REUNIFICATION that will go along with ANY amnesty/asylum/feelgood/dotherightthing CRAPOLA that will kill America with the very high percentage that will vote Demoncrat

  • Maynard

    Obama can only poo poo the Separation of Powers concept because our Senators and Congressmen/women are a bunch of wimps. This is a form of racism, they are afraid to oppose him because of his color, if he were white he would have been impeached long ago.

  • thanhzenhth82

    Obama is “Angel”
    Your link ..

  • Docs357

    From a dark cloud often comes the brightest and strongest lightning. Going in many paths taking out what ever gets in it’s way. Like a horse that’s been spooked it runs wild until it’s energy is depleted how many more Americans will these potential voters kill this time the nineteen that were murdered didn’t seem to bother any of the libs that had a prt in letting them out of prison without serving there sentences. Having a muzzy in the White House is a bad thing now our government has been quietly salted with these devil worshiping dirtbags. May the the Father of our lord and savior Christ Jesus repay them one hundred fold for each innocent believers life they have taken starting with the liar In chief that made it all possible . The son of satan himself obama

  • Docs357

    This photo depicts our true enemy the demonic core of muzzy’s like obama who has lied his way into the White House a Christ hater and a Jew hater. He will change religions in a NY MIN for a vote he has salted our government with Muslim Christ and Jew haters . Releasing ill G’MORNING ,s from prison only to murder again . He has not lifted a finger to stop the murders of innocent Christian and Jews to prove his solidarity with his Islamic brothers
    . A lying corrupt man from the age of understanding only to destroy the one free nation. Bringing to it child abusers murders rapist kidnappers in the name of a false god declaring the self the religion of peace treason is what it is. Impeach him for it and all that follow his hypocrite actions may the The Lord Christ Jesus have mercy on the real Americans who are left in this wasteland once called the United States of America.

  • USARetired

    For a long time I have been advocating that we charge, and prosecute Obama as an Illegal alien, however Placing him on the first .Boat Load. out of town would also work for me!

  • Irv Spielberg

    Take tranquilizers before you Google “Harvey Milk Stamped ‘Out’ Forever.”

  • USARetired

    The head illegal is Desperart to cover his illegal position in America. He has NO LEGAL U.S. DOCUMENTS! And the word is out so now he will attempt all sort of desperate moves in order for the attention to him will be deflected. Wont Work? The criminal is going down, and soon! He has NO US Birth Certificate, at least not a legal one!

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