There is something disconcerting about the argument today concerning illegal aliens in this country. Sure, the administration has deported more people than the Bush administration did, but that doesn’t mean they removed more illegals from the country than the previous administration. Under Bush over eight years roughly 12 million illegal immigrants were deported or returned (put on buses back to Mexico, flown out of country, etc). Under the Obama Administration that number is much closer to 4.5 million people in the 6 years to date. But the numbers get skewed because people only talk about the number actually deported who were reported as removed from the country vice returned to their home country. In that case, Bush removed about 2 million illegals, and Obama has removed about 2.5-3 million thus far. That means according to the media, even though Bush escorted nearly three times as many illegals out of the country that the Obama administration has deported far more people than the previous administration. This helps the main stream media sleep at night, while they gloss over the programs the administration is offering to allow illegals to steal the American dream.
Luckily, a federal judge in Texas, Andrew S. Hanen, gave a temporary injunction to the President’s announced plan to expand the DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) and DAPA (deferred action for parental accountability) to shield up to an additional 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation…illegals that aren’t being deported to begin with. This means that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office may not begin accepting new DACA applications as it was scheduled to do this week, and if the order holds, may not begin accepting DAPA applications as it was scheduled to this May. As a result, an estimated four million illegal immigrants will not be given work permits, drivers licenses, or Social Security numbers as Obama originally envisioned.
Here is the thing, once you give out work permits, drivers licenses, and Social Security numbers, there would be no real way to rescind those things if the President’s executive order was repealed by another President or Congress passed immigration reform that did not include amnesty. But the administration knows this, which is why the President gave forth his fiat law in an executive order on November 20th just weeks after the Democrats and Liberals were blown out of the water at the polls in one of the biggest reversals of power in the chambers of Congress since the reconstruction era.
Now, legalizing 5 million illegals and giving them de facto citizenship along with making them eligible for three years of earned income credits from the IRS isn’t going to produce any kind of Democratic loyalty. I guess it’s not the same as signing up 5 million voters for 2016 in one fell swoop…actually that is exactly what this whole thing is about, and with the way the law is written all those people can reach back into their country of origin and pull family members into the United States as well, which makes the 5 million affected more like 7-8 million new voters in the Democratic block….Don’t believe me? Why don’t you go visit some of the FB pages for immigration reform and read some of the hundreds of comments, memes, and other things posted in Spanish and English…it’ll make your skin crawl with the level of boldness these illegals have and the hopes they have pinned on the extraconstitutional orders of the President.
See, Article I Section 8, clause 4 of the Constitution gives the Congress, and only the Congress, power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. This means that while the President can use prosecutorial discretion to avoid deporting individuals, which he has done, he cannot grant them citizenship. Janet Nepolitano said, regarding DACA in 2012, “This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights. It remains for the executive branch, however, to set forth policy for the exercise of discretion within the framework of the existing law. I have done so here.”
However, the Judge wrote that, “The government has pointed this Court to no law that gives [the Department of Homeland Security] such wide-reaching discretion to turn 4.3 million individuals from one day being illegally in the country to the next day having lawful presence,” in his 123 page opinion (all of which I still haven’t been able to finish). Invalidating the administrations claim that the executive order did not confer substantive rights upon the illegal immigrants in this country.
Now the administration will appeal to the 5th Circuit of Appeals Court in New Orleans, however I doubt that the case is going to be decided in the next week or even in the next month. However, if Congress, and it is more than highly unlikely, passes some kind of immigration reform between now and then all is moot. But for now, all those illegals, who aren’t being deported, will have to wait to register to vote for the Democrats.