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The U.S. Constitution and the rule of law usually suffer when committed left-leaning socialist Democrats partner with so-called “moderate” Republicans to promote something because it is deemed “politically expedient.” In 2007 Karl Rove, George W. Bush and their allies in the Senate tried to shove a bill down our throats that would have granted amnesty to from 12 to 20 million illegal aliens in return for (trust us) tougher border enforcement. Republicans wanted cheap labor, and Democrats wanted the illegals’ votes.
Average Americans, on the right and on the left, were outraged and bombarded Washington. The effort stalled.
When politicians can’t get something passed straight up, they break it apart and try to build support by singling out the most appealing, time-tested argument. “We must do it for the children.” Thus the Dream Act was born, which would grant amnesty to the children of the people who have broken into this country illegally. Presumably, those children could, in turn, sponsor their lawbreaking parents. Thus far, this effort has been unsuccessful, but not for lack of trying by the GOP establishment.
Last Friday, President Obama suddenly announced it was within his power to ignore current immigration law and grant amnesty to some 1.4 million illegal aliens under the age of 30 who were brought here by their parents before their 16th birthday and who have (or will have) a high school education.
No sooner had he made that announcement than key members of the Republican establishment began a collective swoon. Though they deride the process, they applaud the end result. Here are some examples from Sunday’s political broadcasts:
Karl Rove on “Fox News Sunday”:
“I wish he had gone to the Congress. He would have had – my suspicion is – a very strong positive vote by Congress on this, mostly Democrats but some Republicans. … This is a relatively narrow – as Bill (Kristol) said – a relatively narrow and compassionate policy. …”
Bill Kristol on “Fox News Sunday”:
“This was the anti-Marco Rubio initiative by the administration. They were scared Rubio – Senator Rubio was about to introduce his version of a Dream Act that would have been close, actually, to what President Obama announced than the actual Democratic Dream Act. … Not every Republican was on board. The Romney campaign’s been cautious about it. … I think this was a big problem for Romney, and he needs to take the lead on this, in my view, embrace Marco Rubio’s Dream Act. …”
George Will on “This Week”:
“I support the Dream Act. … I think these things, aims, should be done legislatively. … He (Romney) knows Republicans have a problem. They spent the primary season competing to see who could build the longest, thickest, tallest, most lethally electrified fence. … So Romney has a big hole to dig out of because if he gets under, say, the 31 percent of Hispanics that McCain got, he’s going to lose.”
John McCain on “Meet the Press”:
“He (Mitt Romney) said again this morning … he was certainly willing to address that issue – and also immigration reform in a comprehensive fashion, as well. … He understands the plight of these young people.”
For the record, there were only two GOP presidential candidates who were committed to enforcing our immigration laws, Romney and Michele Bachmann. Romney is still standing, and whether the RINO Republicans will admit it or not, one of the reasons is his tough stand on illegal immigration.
Traditionally, we have been a compassionate country. Marco Rubio’s parents were Cuban refugees, fleeing a repressive communist regime. Until the 1990s, we took in all people fleeing oppression. President Clinton turned that policy upside down by turning away Haitian and Cuban political refugees while ignoring those who broke into our country for purely economic reasons. Where is the justice in that?
We have one of the most generous immigration policies of any country on earth, legally admitting over 1 million people a year. Nevertheless, millions of people, simply seeking a better life, choose not to stand in line and come here illegally – because they can.
Keep this in mind: Most illegal immigrants have ties to their country of origin. The illegal family is free to go home with their children and begin the immigration process. For most, it’s a short car or bus ride. They are not going to outer Siberia! Also, many who entered our country illegally now have skills (courtesy of U.S. taxpayers), which gives them additional employment opportunities back home.
Our border enforcement is a joke. We want it fixed. Then and only then should we even begin a discussion about another amnesty.
That message needs to be communicated to the Romney camp before he caves.