Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Fundamental Transformation of American Immigration

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

Immigration is a concept that has divided America. An understanding of what Immigration has done in the past and what it will do in the future is something that must be understood and dealt with. The discussion must be engaged by all, including the administration in charge, the other countries involved and the citizens who take part.

September 11, 2001 forced changes in US immigration policy. The Homeland Security Act split the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into three sections: Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and US Citizen and Immigration Services. Not surprisingly, this latest federal attempt to make things easier has made coordination of Immigration Services much more difficult.

At present there is confusion about what this administration is attempting to do. Executive action has allowed those covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to obtain work permits, taking positions from American citizens who need jobs and lowering the wages of those who have jobs. Although this administration would say differently, data from ICE has shown a 58% decrease in deportation.

In February of 2015, Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen put a judicial hold on Obama’s immigration program. (1) Of course the administration has continued to work with illegals against the order. One year earlier, in April of 2014, 872,000 illegals were released onto the American public including 165,000 convicted criminals. Many of the challenges we face are based on Obamas “prosecutorial discretion” and “deferred actions.” This has had a detrimental impact on the economy as American citizens lose jobs to illegal aliens and wages stagnate across the nation.

But of course, the well-being of American citizens is hardly a priority for Barack Obama. This most corrupt president in the nation’s history knows full well that illegals are pleased to vote contrary to the law and at an 80% clip for Democrats, even as they continue to vote themselves the entitlements that the administration has promised them.

It is time for Congress to step in and force this administration to follow the letter of the law. Judge Hanen has already attempted to stop one aspect of Barack Obama’s willful abuse of power, but his ruling has been largely ignored. It has gone so far that the DHS are now flying immigrants all over the country to be with their families, all at taxpayer expense. DHS busses have dropped off illegals at Social Security offices where they can obtain a card and a vast array of benefits. It’s just another step in implementing the socialist utopia that progressives wish to impose on the American people.  Obama exacerbated the problem when he made it clear to our southern neighbors that all would be welcome to participate in the DACA program. With 50 million of our own people on assistance and a workforce labor rate of only 62%, it does not make sense to bring more people in.

It’s time that changes are made. It is claimed that we can’t deport all of the illegals currently on American soil. That may be true.  But if Congress will grow a spine, enforce the law, including E-Verify and heavily fine those companies which deliberately hire illegals, then perhaps we can start to make a comeback to an economy that is growing.

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