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Will Republicans Be Duped on Immigration?

February 24th, 2013 - 11:41 am

Republicans supporting a massive legalization program as part of immigration “reform” must have blinders on.  They must not see the perverted way the Obama administration simply refuses to enforce existing immigration laws — damning any promised “get tough” enforcement policy included in any immigration deal.

The Republican advocates of immigration reform argue that America should secure the border, legalize at least 11 million illegal immigrants, and vigorously enforce the immigration laws in the future. This goal — to start over while at the same time preventing future illegal immigration once and for all — has great appeal.

There’s only one problem — we have a president with a demonstrated record of ignoring “get tough” immigration laws already on the books.

A short journey thought the Obama administration’s lawless unwillingness to enforce existing “get tough” policies shows how laughable it is for Republicans to put any more faith in future promises to police the border.

The last few years of the Bush administration saw executive-branch lawyers getting tough with those caught illegally in the country.  That’s all stopped. Immigration officers now must turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants except those caught right at a border crossing or those who fit very narrow criteria for enforcement, including terrorists and serious criminals. The definition of “serious” criminals isn’t very broad either.

The Obama administration broadened policies granting Department of Homeland Security agents and attorneys “prosecutorial discretion” not to enforce the immigration laws against illegal immigrants.  When the Obama political appointees realized that career DHS agents and attorneys actually wanted to uphold their oaths to enforce the law, the administration took the “discretion” out of “prosecutorial discretion.”

Now, career DHS agents and attorneys are generally forbidden to enforce the immigration laws except as to shockingly narrow types of illegal aliens such as demonstrably violent criminals.

It is no wonder morale among these DHS employees is among the lowest in the federal government. When hardworking lawyers enter a profession to help the country and enforce the law, having a lawless president tell them not enforce it is demoralizing.

This is a side effect of the radical left’s policy permeation of the Obama administration. Those who respect the Rule of Law must witness firsthand its dismantling by ideological overseers.

The Obama administration also has made clear to these enforcers of the law that it does not even want to know who is in the United States illegally unless the immigrants fit very narrow criteria. See no evil, hear no evil, anger no racial interest groups.

One example is the 287(g) program.  The immigration overseers didn’t want state and local officials telling the feds about most of the illegal immigrants who are in their states and localities. The Justice Department even sued states that notified the Department of Homeland Security of illegal immigrants in their jails under state laws, even though federal law already permitted them to so notify DHS.

Justice Department lawyers in the Civil Division who signed off on these lawless cases should be ashamed of themselves. But sadly, shame is in short supply in Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

The administration wants cover if the state eventually releases an illegal alien who goes forth and commits a crime, or even kills someone, like a nun.


Martinelly Montano pleads guilty to killing nun.


No wonder Chief Justice John Roberts said during the Supreme Court oral argument in the case against Arizona last year: “It seems to me the federal government just doesn’t want to know who is here illegally.”

The administration is also suing states that want to help it enforce the immigration laws, while no suits follow against “sanctuary cities” that hold themselves out as safe havens for illegal aliens.

If that doesn’t make it clear to Republicans what the core ideological worldview of the Obama administration is, nothing will.

Republicans who support legalization say it must be contingent on securing the borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when their visas expire. Yet, in spite of Congress’s huge investment of resources in recent years, the federal government is not even close to achieving either of these goals.

Requiring a secure border in legislation will mean nothing in the real world. The modern Democrat Party views law as a nuisance, something to be worked around, ignored, or twisted in a fashion to match ideological ends. Republicans who don’t realize that haven’t been paying attention.

Pay attention to the administration’s arguments that nothing needs to be legislated regarding border security. They are plainly articulating the administration’s worldview. What will change when some Republicans add words to a bill, words which will be ignored?

The Obama administration only gives lip service to greater border security by calling for minor increases in manpower and technology at the border.

Can Republicans really be bought off so cheaply by adding meaningless words to legislation about border security?  Congress cannot effectively force the executive branch to enforce the laws it passes, and certainly not in the area of immigration.  So the price paid by the Democrats for immigration reform will be negligible.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program proves my point. This is for those who came to the United States before they were adults and are now under the age of 31. The administration has approved over 150,000 applications under the program.

Guess how many applications the Obama administration has denied?  Not one.

Immigration agents report to me that they are being forced by their political leadership to look the other way against those who simply claim they qualify for it.  It makes it plain the rancid, lawless approach of the officials in charge.  Why would the situation improve by adding some words to a bill?

If a bill passes this year, the Obama administration will enforce the laws only against a select few just as they are doing now.  It is part of a public-relations ruse: pluck out a few enforcement examples to conceal a lawless disregard for immigration statutes.

The last mass amnesty in 1986 was effective in legalizing millions (including many who were not eligible) but entirely ineffective in addressing illegal immigration.  Yet the same promises to enforce border security were made in 1986.  The problem of illegal immigration only grew worse.

Despite the best of intentions, Republican proponents of amnesty made more acceptable by promises of border security today will see only half of the deal implemented, the amnesty part.  Except this time the risk is existential for the Republican Party.  The Democrats know most of these 14 million new citizens will be voting for Democrats.  The irony will be that the Republican rush to compromise with the lawless may mean the end of the GOP’s long-term electoral relevance.

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1986 - Democrats offered comprehensive immigration reform (e.g. amnesty for 3.6 million illegals) in exchange for border security.

2013 - Democrats (and some turncoat Republicans) offer comprehensive immigration reform (11 million illegals with "path" to citizenship) in exchange for border security.

See any parallels? I do..... Stupid Republicans who are only thinking a bout getting more Hispanic votes.
2 years ago
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Republicans? Duped? People in and out of government who call themselves republicans.

Who are these "republicans" to be "duped"? Conjoined twin with other people who go by the names:

1. democrats, 2. liberals, 3. feell your (our) pain compassionates - they neither know nor care to know "you/us" except as key holder, door opener and conductor to seats on the gravy trains of politics, laughingly still called public service., 4, progressives, 5, internationalists, 6. multiculturalists. AND Guess who pays for their special seats on the gravy trains?

Duped? Innocent maidens to be seduced by sweet words, "valuable" gifts, and smarmy songs of their moustachioed and caped seducers for whom they are just another notch on the bedpost to register theirtriumph in seduction.

All's fair in love and war, and the particular aim of this seduction sho ain't love.

Triumph these willing "victims" describe as compromise. For the good of the nation. For the greater good. The "victims" panting to be "won".

In and out of government. Constituents who have the keys to the doors provide them to "representatives" of Republicanism who in collusion with their seducers rob the house of everything valuable. By providing the keys the constituents avoid charging their representatives with breaking and entering the House of Constitutional Republic of the USA. With unlawful intent.

Re Whoopi Goldberg, it isn't rape rape.
2 years ago
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The is no more immigration in the sense that people want to come here and become a part of the USA. Like other invaders,they just want to come here and set up. Since we have no "border" as such, there is no limit to the number of relocators: 10,30,50,100 million... And then we will all be living in
another country-Norte Aztlan.
2 years ago
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The title: "Will Republicans Be Duped on Immigration?"

Of course they will. They always get duped by the Dems, don't they?
2 years ago
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Krauthamer is right!! The Rubio bill has immediate special status for all illegals. What are the chances even a republican will take it away from millions = ZERO!

One good idea I heard was give them all a work permit but...No citizenship Ever! No voting rights EVER!! No welfare ever!
2 years ago
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Lets see.... This mean the Republicans will have to compromise on their principles. Oh, I forgot, there are no principles left. Guess it really is a dog eat dog world.
2 years ago
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If you're gonna groan about America's downfall, you mite as well go be a Democrat. I'm NOT putting up with that crap. Either get your act together and stop being in despair, or I'll just consider you a leftie. God! Does everyone still have Obamaitis or something from the '12 election?
2 years ago
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Previous comment I forgot to insert Rubio bill.
2 years ago
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Also the Rubio has got some good elements in it, but I'm skeptical about huge immigration reform. If it's gonna be done, let it be done in smaller steps. First, border security. Not the next month, not the next week, not the next day, NOW. Then once fully secured the 10+ million illegals can be dealt with. Also Rubio made the point that 40% of all illegals are here because of expired visas so if they wanna stay and become citizens, they pay fines and back taxes and go to the back of the line. If they don't wanna become citizens they go back to where they come from. And as for the others, if you don't have the intention of becoming a US citizen and here only for government funded welfare (and don't have any required work skills and/or education), then you get deported (same goes for felons of course). Oh yes, gotta learn English if you don't know already. Also, don't do it for political reasons (or at least not the main or only reason), do it for the genuine reason of simply securing our border and reforming our immigration system. Nothing more, nothing less. Also, if I wasn't restricted of what I could and couldn't say I'd probably be swearing at those who are speaking doom and gloom. STOP now if you're doing so. This country's not lost yet and it WON'T be.
2 years ago
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STOP THE DOOM AND GLOOM! F((# you if you're speaking about doom and gloom. The US will survive. We've survived through worse.
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