Democrat Regrets: Tribalism Has Triumphed Over Our Precious Rule of Law
Jobless in America means feckless in the White House—as Obama does a DREAM Act Administrative Amnesty, instead of following our Rule of Law.
The Obama administration’s decision to grant deferred action to certain unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could provide relief from deportation to as many as 1.4 million noncitizens under the age of 30, according to a Migration Policy Institute [MPI] analysis released today.
[As Many as 1.4 Million Unauthorized Immigrant Youth Could Gain Relief from Deportation under Obama Administration Grant of Deferred Action, Migration Policy News Press Release, June 15, 2012]
Obama’s claim is only 800,000. Regardless, this new deed by Obama likely will start a new illegal immigrant rush for the US borders,
I speak as a Democrat who voted for Obama: This inopportune action comes upon our economically beleaguered nation because of the greed, stupidity and utter lack of caring on the part of our elected leaders—and of those who pay them off.
Note my earlier article on “Triangulation,” which explains how the Roman Catholic Church used nearby Mexico as a pew filler when the baby output of Americans was not producing enough priests or communicants.
The long-term outlook for permanent unemployment for millions of our citizens, which I have documented in two prior VDARE.com pieces (here and here) makes Obama’s latest action even more reprehensible.
As I noted recently, tribalism may perhaps cause a substantial number of American citizens of Latino origin to say this is a wonderful action—even as it continues to impact their own welfare, and that of their children.
Congress has long failed to act responsibly on patriotic immigration reform. But blaming our leaders for their lack of leadership doesn’t help. Why did we not deport illegal aliens when this all started decades ago? What is the status of those illegal parents? Are they continuing to get away with being here illegally too? Bet most are!
No path to citizenship for these innocents, claims this Obama fiat. Oh, please! How long will that last?
Look at GOP Florida Senator (and VP-selection rumored) Marco Rubio’s weaseling statement:
“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.
“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”
He’s making the right points, albeit not strongly enough. The debate over this must not focus on the substance of the DREAM Act. We have a branch of government that does that kind of thing and it’s called “Congress.” The problem with today’s announcement is that it’s an unconstitutional expansion of executive power that can be applied to any area of law. If a future Republican president can’t get Congress to agree to a reduction in tax rates, say, or a change in environmental rules, he can just use this “discretion” to change things on his own. Democrats in Congress should be terrified of this precedent and stand with their fellow members across the aisle to put a stop to it. This is about the rule of law and nothing else. As More asks in A Man for All Seasons, after Roper says he’d “cut down every law in England” to get at the Devil:
“And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ‘round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?”
Once a nation veers off the road of our precious Rule of Law, finding a way back may prove impossible.
Is tribalism here to stay? Bet that it is.
Donald A. Collins [email him], a free lance writer living in Washington, DC. , is Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). However, his views are his own.