“I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”— President Barack Obama, asked whether he has the legal authority to suspend deportations of illegal aliens, February 2013
Historians will one day note that on Nov. 20, 2014, His Imperial Majesty Barack Obama slapped the insolent American people across their faces for daring to suggest that they alone have the power to determine the nation’s immigration policy through legislation.
On that day, he granted an executive amnesty to more than 4 million illegal aliens that includes work permits (a fact omitted in his televised remarks), Social Security Numbers and Photo IDs.
With just one stroke of his pen, His Imperial Majesty sent three very powerful messages:
- The 18 million Americans who can’t find full-time work, especially Blacks and Hispanic-Americans who have the nation’s highest unemployment and poverty rates, are not high on his list of priorities. “Doing the right thing” for illegal aliens also means increased competition in a dismal job market, but that won’t be allowed to get in the way of a “transformed” America.
- Americans who wear the uniform today are fools for believing they are still defending something of value.
- Sovereignty may work for other nations, but it’s not really “who we are.”
Here’s a summary of what the amnesty will do, according to the White House:
Three critical elements of the President’s executive actions are:
Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border: The President’s actions increase the chances that anyone attempting to cross the border illegally will be caught and sent back. Continuing the surge of resources that effectively reduced the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally this summer, the President’s actions will also centralize border security command-and-control to continue to crack down on illegal immigration.
Deporting Felons, Not Families: The President’s actions focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety. He has directed immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.
Accountability – Criminal Background Checks and Taxes: The President is also acting to hold accountable those undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. By registering and passing criminal and national security background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
You should also know that the Department of Homeland Security has just announced new guidelines dealing with deportation priorities. You’ll sleep a lot better knowing that drunken drivers, drug dealers, sex abusers and gun offenders are not at the top of DHS’ list.
Before we forget: Don’t you just love it when the word “accountability” is used in connection with the Obama White House? Indeed, but accountable to whom?