Last night, the President gave a 15 minute speech about Immigration Reform in which he announced his executive order. The order contained three main parts. The first was to increase border security to stop more people from coming into the country. The second was to work to incentivize highly skilled immigrants to remain in the country. The third was to delay deportation of people with U.S. citizen children or family members who are legally in the country.
The first point should have had the Republicans leaping out of their seats for joy. But it didn’t. Maybe that is because under the current administration, illegal immigration has fallen to record lows. Illegal immigration is at rates comparable to the 1970s. Plus, this administration has already deported about 400,000 illegal immigrants per year. More than any other administration before him.
The second part is strongly supported by the Chamber of Commerce. They want incentives to keep highly skilled immigrants in the country. So, again the Republicans should be leaping up and down with joy. But no, they didn’t seem to hear that part either.
The third part is the one that Republicans are screaming about. All sorts of warnings and doom and gloom announcements have gushed forth from Republican mouths. Even Sen. Coburn of Oklahoma sounded like a right-wing fringe nut. He claims that this executive order could result in anarchy and/or violence.
Of course the one word that the right-wing nuts are throwing around is “amnesty”. They claim that these people, up to about 4 million, are being granted amnesty. As usual they are lying through the $4,000 fixed pearly white teeth! The President did not grant amnesty. He said the delay in deportation is for three years, it only covers people who have been here at least 5 years, and WILL NOT cover new illegal immigrants.
Yes, the order will allow them to get work visas and social security numbers. It will also mean they will have to pay taxes on their earnings which they don’t have to now. But, after three years, they must reapply to stay in the country. That is not amnesty. Oh, one more thing. These people who are applying for their work visas and social security numbers must pass a background check to ensure they are not criminals! How can that be construed as amnesty?
I rarely criticize other people’s intelligence. But, I am having serious doubts about the intelligence and education of the vast number of Republican politicians. I know, it is easy to say this is just baiting the public to hate the President, but I am not so sure they really know what they are talking about. Yet, they want us to believe they actually know how to govern?
I almost wish I had watched the speech on Fox News last night. I did hear a small pop coming from the New York Area. That pop came when the President said: “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too.” If you don’t know what that pop was, it was Bill O’Reilly’s head exploding! It really wasn’t a big bang. We all know poor Bill doesn’t have much between the ears.
I must admit that I really don’t care much about Megan Kelly, but I fear she may be in jeopardy of losing her job at Fox. Maybe she is at last coming to her senses, but I won’t hold my breath on that point. She actually had a belated spasm of conscience Wednesday night and confessed that her network wasn’t being honest when referring to Obama’s action as “executive amnesty,” because “amnesty is citizenship and that’s not what [Obama] is talking about.”
She explained why her team uses the word: “That’s a hot-button term that the right uses to sort of get people upset.” Of course, her colleagues kept up the amnesty onslaught throughout the rest of the night. I am sure it has been said at least 1 million times already this morning and it’s only 8:30 in the morning.
This type of executive action is not new. As the President said, every President in the last half-century has used executive action to reform the immigration system. George H.W. Bush, issued a similar order about delaying deportation in the 1990s. His order affected about 40% of the illegal population. Surprise, surprise, President Obama’s action affects about 40% of the illegal population. It is really tyrannical to do exactly what a Republican President did.
Rather than sitting down and having a serious dialogue about immigration reform, the Republicans are using the same rhetoric they have used ever since Obama became President. They are threatening to shut down the government, again. They are threatening “anarchy” as in Tom Coburn’s words. They are threatening to defund the very agencies who are responsible to keep illegals out of the country. They are threatening law suits.
As a matter of fact, the first law suit has been filed by the one Sheriff in the country who guilty of illegal tactics daily, Arpaio of Arizona. His department is under court monitoring because the judge found that they were using racial profiling. And, he has the gall to talk about constitutional authority? He wouldn’t know constitutional authority if it bit him in the ass!
Finally, that splendid Speaker of The Do-Nothing House, John Boehner, is ranting about “doing the wishes of the people” again. He has failed to bring up a single bill in the House for a vote that is supported by the vast majority of the American People. The only person who really is not listening to the American People is John Boehner! So, he should just shut up and try to govern. In case you are wondering Mr. Boehner it is spelled G O V E R N. And, yes you must be willing to accept responsibility in order to govern. The President has, when will you?
None if this executive order is going to take effect until spring. So, there is still time for the Republicans to come up with an immigration reform bill. Any bill passed by Congress and signed by the President will end the executive order. It shouldn’t be that hard, especially if you want to do the people’s wishes.
Approximately 60% of the American People even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want Immigration Reform. Not only that, they all want a vote on the already passed bi-partisan Senate Bill on Immigration Reform.
Instead of intelligent dialogue, we are entering the loony season. The real problem is that the loons are willing to use you as a hostage in getting their way, even crashing the economy again, no matter how much you get hurt. They have done it before, and they will do it again.