The newspapers are filled with speculation about Obama’s plans for another executive order or Homeland Security directive expanding his administration’s sabotage of the nation’s laws on deportation of illegal aliens. Obama continues to ignore laws enacted by Congress in open defiance of the separation of powers found in the U.S. Constitution.
What is missing from the picture is the dog that not only doesn’t bark, but absolutely refuses to bark: The Republican leadership in Congress is silent. The thinking among the Republicans’ so-called congressional leadership appears to be that when it comes to immigration law enforcement, Republicans can’t criticize Obama’s unconstitutional edicts for fear of being called racists.
I have news for those folks. You will be called a racist regardless of what policies you follow because the race card is all the progressives have left.
Such cowardly behavior is not the stuff for the next volume of “Profiles in Courage.” But it might fill one chapter in the book some future historian will publish, probably in our own lifetime: “The Decline and Fall of the Rule of Law.”
Earlier this year, the Obama administration was caught lying about its deportation numbers. Obama had been claiming that his team has deported illegal aliens in record numbers, but the truth is exactly the opposite. Obama’s Homeland Security secretary admitted to a congressional committee last month that when you count actual deportations by the same definition that has been used in the past, which excludes persons caught at the border and turned back, Obama’s deportations are at the lowest point since the 1970s.
Not only is Obama not deporting more illegal aliens than previously, he has been releasing more criminal aliens than in the past. In 2013, Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, released more than 36,000 convicted criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Of 722,000 illegal aliens encountered by ICE in 2013 and investigated, only 25 percent were charged with a crime and held for possible deportation, which was a 28 percent decline from 2012. In Colorado, 45 percent of the more than 6,000 criminal aliens encountered by ICE were released. In Atlanta, it was 58 percent and in New York City, 71 percent.
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Now, Obama plans to go even further and reduce the number of deportations by redefining and limiting the “serious crimes” that are grounds for deportation. In addition, he wants to greatly reduce the number of years a deported alien must wait before applying for lawful entry – a further weakening of the deportation penalty. Such decisions properly belong to Congress, not the president.
Obama’s dismantlement of our laws on deportation of illegal aliens is especially significant because it portends and virtually guarantees the total collapse of federal immigration law and immigration law enforcement. By making a mockery of law enforcement, it makes immigration law enforcement a game of diminishing returns.
It also tells us that trusting Obama and his team to enforce any immigration law the National Council of La Raza doesn’t like is a game for fools.
Obama’s sabotage of deportation laws is even more outrageous and insulting to the Constitution than his unilateral enactment of the “DREAM Act” after Congress voted it down. The “DACA” program gained sympathy because it is supposed to be helping children who were brought across the border by their parents. Never mind that it is actually much broader than that; its avowed purpose at least has a scintilla of credibility and elicits sympathy from many people who also support border security. By contrast, Obama’s policy of delaying and blocking the deportation of convicted criminal aliens has no basis in either law or humanitarian sympathies.
No amount of investment in added border fencing, surveillance technology or expanded Border Patrol manpower can detract attention from the giant new welcome mat thrown down by the abandonment of deportation as a punishment for getting caught. If there is no longer a reason to fear getting caught in the interior of the country – because no one but the most violent criminals will ever be deported – why worry about it?
What the open borders hucksters of this deportation moratorium snake oil do not realize is that this unilateral Obama move virtually seals the fate of the amnesty legislation they desperately want to push through Congress before the August recess. Why? It’s really simple: If the No. 1 obstacle to any “bipartisan compromise” on amnesty is Republican distrust of Obama’s commitment to faithfully enforce the terms of the compromise, well, that distrust is now and forever set in concrete.
Consider the irony of the situation. The Obama moratorium on deportations is actually good news for patriots. Because it goes far beyond anything ever authorized or even contemplated by Congress, it is yet another example of why Obama cannot be trusted and, thus, it is another nail in the coffin of Obama’s credibility on law enforcement.
No Republican in Congress can vote for any “amnesty compromise” and claim with a straight face that the terms of the compromise will be honored by all parties. Border fencing, background checks, fines and fees, waiting periods, “back of the line” – all such promises will be broken when Obama decides to break them.
Anyone who supports any amnesty bill while Obama is in the White House will be voting not for a pig in a poke but a time bomb with a big yellow smiley face on it.
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