Expounding a bit on immigration

President Obama can not legally give anyone legal status in the United States.  That has to come by way of Congressional action.  Those of you who believe that whole amnesty thing need to go and read up on immigration law a bit.

The President, by being the head of the Executive Branch, is the point person for the enforcement of law.  What his executive actions can do is direct how a particular law or set of laws is enforced.  He cannot change law either.  So, don’t believe that crap.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, did not legalize any children brought here to the US.  It did not give them a legal pathway to citizenship nor did alter their current legal status.  It only gave them a temporary reprieve for being subject to orders of removal.  They are still subject to grounds of inadmissibility, and they can be removed if the situation warrants removal.

What we need is a Congress that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need a media that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need an America that has the balls to be honest with America.

Obama cannot grant amnesty, and I doubt he intends to do so.  His actions can only direct enforcement of immigration law.  Congress has the power to grant amnesty, and I doubt they will do so.  They can, however, do what’s necessary to settle our immigration issues.  Instead, they’re too damn busy trying to score political points by stirring up the base, pushing ideological lies that do nothing but make people angry.

Obama, for his part, is playing political games as well.  He’s asked Congress numerous times to work on immigration, and they have chosen not to.  By pushing EOs, he’s basically goading them into doing something.  Whether it turns out to be meaningful or strictly political is up to Congress.

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6 thoughts on “Expounding a bit on immigration

  1. He’s asked Congress numerous times to work on immigration, and they have chosen not to.

    This is true but in some ways, that’s his failure too. A President’s job is to convince Congress to go along with his program. If he can’t do that, he can do as Clinton, Reagan and others did and go over the heads of Congress to make his case to the people. Obama has never really done that on much of anything. His style is to stay aloof and above the fray and that hasn’t worked for him, to this point, on much of anything. Basically, the man is no leader, in my opinion.

    Now, he is gambling that the Republicans will take the bait and he can stick it to them; it’s all an exercise in politics……by both sides. (He may well be right in his gamble.)

    I’ve said many times that neither side really wants to fix the immigration mess. The Republicans see them as cheap labor and the Democrats see them as future votes. Neither side has an interest in anything but the status quo and they are just trying to blame it on each other, while neither really wants to do anything.

    A pox on everybody’s house.

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    • I agree with you on his aloofness. I prefer to have someone with a backbone, and I don’t see him as having much of one.

      I think the difference between him and previous presidents is his academic background. He taught constitutional law, but he doesn’t have the testicular fortitude of a real politician. He’s basically an academic swimming in a sea of sharks. He’s trying to think and reason in a logic-free environment because the government doesn’t operate on logic.

      We’ve had immigration problems since the 80s, and we’ve also had some people in Congress that long. If they really wanted it fixed, it would have been done already. Meanwhile, we all pay them almost $200k a year with nothing to show for what we’re spending.

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      • I lived through the Amnesty of ’86 and I don’t want to see that repeated. What they need to do, in my view, is secure the borders (and this doesn’t mean only the southern border). As you know, most of the illegals in the U. S. come here as visitors (usually legally) and just never leave. That’s where the real focus needs to be on shoring things up.

        Do that, and then I’m willing to try to fix the problem of the people who are already here (many for years). What I fear will happen is the same thing that happened last time. They’ll give lip service to enforcement, grant some sort of “amnesty” and the flood gates will open again (if the economy ever picks up).

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        • “As you know, most of the illegals in the U. S. come here as visitors (usually legally) and just never leave. That’s where the real focus needs to be on shoring things up.”

          From your mouth to God’s ears… When I try to explain this to people, they act as though I’m speaking Mandarin Chinese.

          One of the recommendations from the 9/11 Commission was to institute an exit program to ensure visitors were leaving the US. Thirteen years later, we still pretty much have the honor system in place. There have been changes, but we don’t check like other countries do.

          Even 2nd and 3rd World countries give entrance and exit stamps when you enter and leave their countries. For some reason which is likely tied to money, we don’t do that. I haven’t been able to figure that one out though.

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  2. One of the recommendations from the 9/11 Commission was to institute an exit program to ensure visitors were leaving the US.

    To me that ain’t nothing but common sense…………but what do I know? 😉

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    • Well, I try to keep my co-workers from trying to inject logic into a logic-free environment. My biggest fear is that we cause some kind of catastrophic, end-of-the-world type explosion or something.

      But yeah, that’s like common sense. 😆

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