Obama Kills Sensible Immigration Reform

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 09:24 AM

By James Walsh

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Today, 224 years since the Founding Fathers put into effect the framework of our Republic, the nation faces an immigration crisis that is the result of decades of congressional malfeasance.

President Obama’s open-border mentality is worsening the immigration crisis by his propensity for executive orders and regulatory fiat. This conduct is aptly described by columnist George Will, writing on Nov. 24, 2013, about the Obamacare rollout fiasco, “Obama responded like a ruler of a banana republic unfettered by constitutionalism and the rule of law.”

Just so is the president responding to the immigration crisis. He is emboldened to govern by fiat. In addition, he is supported by a Democratic-controlled Senate.

The U.S. Congress passed the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). This law called for stricter border control to reduce the number of illegal border crossers, limit illegal visa overstays, enforce employer sanctions for those hiring illegal aliens, and strictly control legal immigration. None of these reforms worked.

IRCA continues to be compromised by Congressional meddling, political-hack appointments, and bureaucratic incompetency. As one U.S. Department of Justice career employee observed, “Obama’s Justice is just ideologically based, and it ain’t for American justice.”

For decades, one Congress after another has made exception after exception, modification after modification, and amendment after amendment to gut both IRCA and the immigration law fountainhead, the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The result has been decades of immigration anarchy.

Today illegal aliens (with the possibility of Muslim jihadists among them) are being emboldened by radical liberals to demand all rights of citizenship. Who are these radical liberals? They are far-left activists from academia, social network millionaires/ billionaires, and those seeking to radically “change” America.

Each open-borders group has its own agenda, which tends not to be the well-being of the United States.

Politico reported on Sept. 28, 2013, that a White House Hispanic adviser said October would see a “day of dignity and respect.” Although that day was overshadowed by the crash of the Obamacare website, the president’s not-so-subtle message was that illegal aliens are to have all the rights of U.S. citizens and that Americans who fail to show respect to illegal aliens are racists.

Nine days earlier, on Sept. 19, 2013, the Latin Times had reported that President Obama said the House of Representatives “piecemeal approach” to immigration reform was acceptable, if it includes a pathway to citizenship.

On Nov. 20, 2013, Obama reaffirmed his acceptance of the House’s defined piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

The very next day the newsmedia reported that House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reached a consensus that a piecemeal immigration reform was OK.

The day after that, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at a White House news briefing, Obama's  press secretary, Jay Carney, stated that Obama would not sign any piecemeal immigration reform.

The American public is beginning to recognize the president’s propensity for misstatement. Take, for instance, his infamous statements that “If you like your doctor, you can keep him; if you like your hospital, you can keep it; if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” The blatant inaccuracy of such statements belies his promises regarding immigration reform.

Today, 70 percent of the American people believe President Obama has lost credibility and/or lost his personal appeal. The flip-flop changes to the implementation of Obamacare cannot help but damage the president’s ability to influence the American people to accept yet another thousand-page legislative monstrosity, this time on immigration.

Meanwhile Senate Democrats have passed a “nuclear option” to do away with the centuries-old Senate procedure of filibuster — which allows a minority option to be heard on the Senate floor.

This action by the Democrat majority in the Senate can only convince congressional Republicans that yet another huge, you’ve-got-to-pass-it-to-find-out-what’s-in-it immigration reform bill cannot see the light of day.

A USA Today study has found that 60 percent of Americans are angrier than in years past. Whether it is Obama, Congress, the Supreme Court, the federal, state, and local governments, Americans feel frustrated, isolated, powerless, unheard, abused, over-regulated, and overtaxed.

The Obama administration’s attempt at dictatorial control of American life is feeding a smoldering anti-Obama resentment among working Americans.

Unlike the left’s contrived outrage during demonstrations such as Occupy Wall Street or illegal alien sit-ins, a real undercurrent of resentment is growing among the American populace.

In response to the president’s flip-flop on piecemeal immigration reform (which he was for before he was against it), U.S. voters need to speak out against “comprehensive” (which means unreadable) immigration reform.

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