By Javier ManjarresPresident Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to allow young illegal immigrants who were “brought here illegally at no fault of their own” to stay in this country without fear of deportation has incensed conservative Republicans as well as a slew of Tea Party groups across the country.
Obama’s plan includes amnesty for children that were brought here before they turned 16 and are presently younger than 30, have been in the U.S. for at least five straight years, have no criminal record and have graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED certificate or served in the military.
The problem with Obama’s directive is that, if these children are here illegally, it is only fair to ask some simple questions-
How do we know how old they really were when they came to the United States illegally?
How do we know they were here before they turned 16?How do we know they have been her five straight years?
Another question that needs to be addressed is how could these illegal immigrant children have served in the military if the military does not allow anyone to join without first presenting a Social Security card, birth certificate and driver’s license?
Congressman Tom Rooney has recently filed a bill to quash President Obama’s amnesty move, stating that the President himself has contradicted himself and flip-flopped as it pertains to his power to unilaterally enact such a measure.
“I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.”- Congressman Tom Rooney on President Obama’s September 28, 2011 statement(Source-ST)
Obama’s election-year flip flop on the issue is nothing less than pandering to Hispanics in hopes that they’ll vote for him. But the crux of Obama’s directive is actually a compilation of talking points that he ‘borrowed’ from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s conceptualization of his own “Conservative Dream Act.”It seems as if everyone is joining in on the Amnesty dog-pile of Obama, including Congressional candidate Karen Harrington, who is looking to unseat Congresswoman and DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
President Obama’s recent move to stop the deportation of young people who have entered the U.S. illegally, “through no fault of their own”, is nothing less than shameless pandering to the Hispanic community, in hopes to gain political points.
DNC Chair/Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out applauding the President’s back door amnesty plan, but like the President, she fails to acknowledge that this not a real solution to the broken immigration problem. – Karen Harrington.(Website)
But Republicans at-large are missing the boat when criticizing the President for his stop gap pro-amnesty for illegal immigrant directive. Most Republicans have shied away from offering up any real answers or solutions to counter Obama’s politically opportunistic directive.
Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has taken a pretty hard-line on illegal immigration, but he has yet to offer up any ideas of his own as to how to deal with this issue, perhaps thinking that it is best to stay silent until after November.Congressman Rooney and others use the same GOP talking points about sealing the border first and deporting criminals but have yet to offer a real solution for the Dream Act.
What do we do now?
Ok, so they quash Obama’s directive, now what? Do Republicans counter with a less aggressive approach to deportation of these children or do they continue to support the status quo which leaves these people in a state of limbo and still subject to deportation?
Will Republicans compromise and allow these children to stay in the country under a temporary student visa?
What if Republicans were to state that those illegal immigrant children be given a ‘green card’ after being honorably discharged from military service? This probably won’t happen, since proof of birth and ID is required to join the armed services as we mentioned above.Inaction has led to this predicament.
The problem that Republicans have backed themselves into is a direct result of their avoidance and lack of leadership in tackling the growing illegal immigration issue. For years the GOP has been content to let the Democrats drive the narrative on this issue, as Democrats are clearly eyeballing the future votes of the millions of these individuals who came here through no fault of their own but who have never become naturalized citizens.
Who will take the lead on this issue and offer solutions?
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