Today we will consider the most recent commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website that addresses the capricious and cavalier manner in which the legislative process has been trampled by the Obama administration.
To begin with, it is vital to remember that the purpose for America’s immigration laws is to protect innocent lives and to protect the jobs of American and lawful immigrant workers of every race, religion and ethnicity. The immigration laws make no distinction as to any factor other than to differentiate citizens of the United States from those present in the United States who are not citizens. There is a legal term for such foreigners- that term is “Alien.”
There is no discrimination of insult in that term- only clarity, the clarity that the opponents of border security whom I have come to refer to as the “Immigration Anarchists” know that they must remove from any discussion about immigration if they are to succeed.
These Immigration Anarchists have amassed a number of extremely powerful allies in their efforts to eradicate meaningful enforcement of the immigration laws and the most powerful of those allies is none other than President Obama. What is incredible is that as president and hence the head of the “Executive Branch of the federal government, his role is to execute the laws of the United States not obstruct them!
The United States Congress has repeatedly defeated various bills that were intended to provide pathways to citizenship for unknown millions of illegal aliens under the aegis of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” I testified before a number of Congressional hearings on this issue, including a hearing that was conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Now the administration is ordering that employees at DHS ignore additional immigration laws that were enacted to penalize aliens who violate America’s borders or violate the terms of their admission into the United States. These laws were enacted to provide a deterrent to aliens who were contemplating violating the immigration laws. This is important because, as I have noted on a number of occasIons, including when I have testified before Congress, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. For most foreign nationals the immigration laws provide that first impression.
The message being sent by Mr. Obama’s executive orders is that violations of our immigration laws will not only not be punished but will likely lead to being rewarded!
Let’s take the opportunity to look back at “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” something that the President has promised he will push through the legislative process.
I have a number of serious concerns about such massive amnesty programs as I do about the DREAM Act. Among my concerns is the fact that such legalization programs make a mockery of what are some of America’s most important laws and would create unfair competition for American students and American and lawful immigrant workers. What is almost never discussed is the fact that prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws were the primary responsibility of the United States Department of Labor. The point was that in order to grow the Middle Class and create the “American Dream” the leaders of the “Greatest Generation” understood that American workers needed to be shielded from unfair competition.
The President’s “solution” to the will of the American people as voiced by the United States Congress has been to promulgate executive orders which trample on the Constitution and the separation of powers provided for in that document that provides the framework for the government of the United States of America that has, for centuries, made the United States the envy of the world!
He claimed that he was exercising “Prosecutorial Discretion” purportedly because “Congress failed to act.” Contrary to Mr. Obama’s claims, Congress did not fail to act, it just did not act the way he wanted it to!
Although the immigration anarchists and ever so many journalists have come to refer to those of us who want our nation’s borders secured and immigration laws enforced as being “anti-immigrant.” in point of fact, we are pro-immigrant! The immigration laws already provide for the admission of aliens, but immigrants and non-immigrants. Those laws already provide a pathway to United States citizenship for more than 1.1 million aliens who legally immigrate to the United States each and every year.
Those at greatest risk from the violence and intimidation of the transnational criminals who have set up shop in virtually every town and city across the United States are the members of the ethnic immigrant communities.
Furthermore, America’s middle class is rapidly going extinct and it is the American minority workers whose unemployment rates are highest and who are most likely to suffer economic hardship when illegal aliens enter the United States in violation of law to seek employment, thereby providing unfair and illegal competition for hard working Americans.
Today the United States admits well over 100,000 foreign workers who are lawfully entitled to work in the United States. Additionally, many thousands of additional foreign workers enter the United States by running America’s borders or by violating the terms of their admission as nonimmigrants.