An Inside View of Immigration Reform — get ready to Laugh!
The following is mostly from an article sent to me by a wonderful benefactor from Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Seminar as delivered by Heather Mac Donald and called Practical Thoughts on Immigration. It seemed as though we had lost the battle since President Obama had signed his executive order, thus allowing at least five million illegal’s amnesty, work permits, DACA, and just about anything that could be made. Then first we had a U.S. Federal Judge Andrew Hanan, put an injunction, therefore, staying the Obama plan from occurring and secondly here was Heather Mac Donald espousing her wisdom to about anyone who’d listen.
The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people
or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Now then, let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is.
Article 2, Section3, of the Constitution mandates that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This provision assumes that there is a law for the president to execute. But in this case, the “problem” that Mr. Obama is purporting to fix is the absence of a law granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Rather than executing a law, Obama is making one up — arrogating to himself a function that the Constitution explicitly allocates to Congress. Should this unconstitutional power grab stand, we will have moved very far in the direction of rule by dictator. Pace Obama, the absence of a congressional law granting amnesty is not evidence of political failure that must somehow be corrected by unilateral executive action; it is evidence of the lack of popular consensus regarding amnesty. There has been no amnesty statute to date because the political will for such an amnesty is not only lacking, but by a staggering percentile approximately 60 percent of America thinks it is incorrect.
On February 16 of this year U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen halted President Obama’s illegal amnesty with a temporary injunction. The proposed amnesty program, Judge Hanen found, went far beyond mere prosecutorial discretion not to enforce the law against individuals.
Instead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to confer on illegal aliens a new legal status known as “legal presence.” But Congress has not granted DHS the power to create and bestow legal status. The amnesty program represented a “complete abdication” of DHS’s responsibility to enforce the law, Judge Hanen declared. Indeed, DHS was actively thwarting the express will of Congress.
Looking ahead…tomorrow we shall look into the Secure Communities program and how the not fulfilling the deportation of illegal aliens how this is coming to hurt secured communities.