by William Teach | November 21, 2014 8:31 am
I think by now most of us know that Obama announced that, by Imperial Decree, certain illegals will get some sort of deferment, giving those who already decided to break the rules a chance to “play by the rules”
(UK Daily Mail) President Obama announced a plan Thursday night to mainstream millions of illegal immigrants with an executive order allowing them to stay instead of facing deportation, bringing howls from Republicans who complained about so-called ‘anchor babies’ helping their illegal parents remain in the U.S.
The president calmly explained in a 16-minute speech – subtitled in Spanish – the parameters of what angry Republicans are calling a lawless ‘amnesty.’
‘We’re going to offer the following deal,’ he said: ‘If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation.’
What’s this “we” stuff?
Of course, this order only lasts 4 years, and can easily be rescinded by the next Republican president. Remember, too, that any Democrats who support this can’t pitch a fit if a Republican president does something similar. What if a President Cruz tells law enforcement to ignore any laws restricting ownership of large capacity magazines, or declares that law enforcement should accept all concealed carry permits across the country? For instance, say a North Carolina resident with a CCP goes to NYC, which has no reciprocity, and has significant restrictions, and Cruz says “hey, no problem, no one can bust you if you are carrying while in NYC”?
Support for Obama's amnesty plans in polls this wk
USA Today: 42/46%
Now I see why networks aren't carrying it
— Brandon (@Brand_Allen) November 20, 2014
I don’t expect polls to get any better. Carl Eric Scott notes
First, there is the simple issue of democratic say. Who were those representatives who did not agree to any of the earlier immigration bills? They were standing for the opinion and judgment of your fellow citizens. The rules for the game were set. And year after year, immigration reform came up for debate, and for complex reasons, which you can say were bad ones or good, the desired bill never made it through. Such is democracy. But now your fellow citizens are told the rules are not set. They are told to accept your victories when you win by the rules, but that you don’t always have to accept their victories when they so win.
What many are not noting is that this is mostly about Obama picking a fight. He’s a schoolyard bully who enjoys conflict over debate, strife over fellowship. Think about it: he barely reaches out to people in his own party in Congress. He prefers heavy polarization and nasty fights.
That said, what, exactly, is Obama’s plan? Other than some bullet points, there are no details.
There are no details on the background checks. What are the terms? What disqualifies them? Notice that there is no requirement to be able to speak English to be able to converse with lawful citizens. What about taxes?
As far as “play by the rules”, the illegals, whether they came across the border illegally or overstayed their visas, have already broken the rules.
Again, there is a dearth of details. What does he mean by ” cracking down”? Notice that this also ignores cracking down on those illegals not at the border.
Again, details matter. So does action. If he was smart, he would immediately order all agencies involved with illegal immigrants to get tough, to act now. That might make the lawless, unconstitutional executive amnesty a bit more palitable to the majority of Americans who are against his plan. He won’t. Because he wants a fight. That can’t be stressed enough.
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