Wednesday was the first day where illegals could line up for a two-year reprieve from deportation, thanks to President Obama’s side-stepping of Congressional authority to grant de facto amnesty to perhaps as much as 1.8 million illegals already in the country.
The shocking circumvention of Congress in declaring, essentially, an immigration free-for-all allows for illegal immigrants that have flouted the law for years to remain in the country legally by submitting the proper paperwork and paying $465.
Throughout the country, thousands of illegals lined up outside consulates to pay the fee and fill out the paperwork. The guidelines are pretty simple, applicants are supposed to show they arrived in the U.S. before they were 16, and that they’re enrolled in school or vocational training, or have a high school degree.
Of course, while officially this program will be subject to governmental oversight, many who oppose illegal immigration view this as a rubber-stamp process that relies on taking the word of applicants rather than a strict review process.
Regular readers well know how vehemently I, and many others, oppose this process. While a discussion regarding the convoluted immigration process is certainly welcomed, the decree from King Barack I that circumvents the authority of Congress and, by extension, the American people, is a tyrannical move. Furthermore, decades of cowardly immigration policies by both major parties have created a significant problem in America as illegals compete for the same jobs as Americans.
Illegal immigrants come here illegally. They have been here illegally. However, we reward their criminality with a nudge, a wink and a, “Welcome to America” in exchange for a paltry $465- the going rate for an indulgence to forgive the longstanding disregard for our laws.
While I understand the desire to be in America, it does not excuse the breaking of laws; likewise, I understand wanting a new wristwatch, but simply taking that which is unguarded is not acceptable. How can we logically expect good citizenship from immigrants when their first act in their new country was to break the law? Furthermore, we can’t logically preach good citizenship and civic-mindedness to existing citizens if the message is, “Follow the laws. Or don’t. It doesn’t seem to matter one way or the other.”
Thankfully, our old friend Arizona Governor Jan Brewer stepped up to the plate to issue an executive order instructing state agencies to deny benefits to illegals who get temporary work permits. This includes driver licenses and other benefits.
Brewer’s order clarified that Obama’s order does not confer upon the applicants legal status nor does it entitle them to Arizona benefits. She further stated that Obama’s order,
“could result in some unlawfully present aliens inappropriately gaining access to public benefits contrary to the intent of Arizona voters and lawmakers who enacted laws expressly restricting access to taxpayer funded benefits and state identification.”
While the ACLU called the move “mean-spirited”, Brewer has signaled that states are not entirely powerless. While Arizona, alone, cannot un-ring the bell of reckless immigration policy, it is good to see that a state is willing to stand up to the federal government on issues as vital as immigration.
It should be noted, however, that Arizona is in danger of having a Democratically-controlled House. To learn more, please read.