Bob Barr

This is what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calls “justice?” Justice for whom, one might ask? There certainly is no justice for the innocent American victims of the crimes committed by these illegal aliens; or for the victims of crimes many will commit in the future.

Republicans in Congress are justifiably skeptical of this Administration’s “leadership” in crafting “bipartisan” immigration “reform.” Conservatives have long maintained that if Obama and Holder cannot or will not enforce immigration laws already on the books, they cannot be trusted to craft new ones; no matter how enticingly packaged as “reforms.”

Considering this Administration’s verified track record of immigration failure, there is no way Republican members of Congress should view immigration “reform” proposals emanating from Obama as being offered in “good faith.” This sentiment was articulated even by amnesty-friendly Republicans such as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC). “This sets everything back,” Graham told Breitbart News following the release of ICE’s report. “I don’t think many Americans want an illegal immigrant who has been convicted of a felony to stay in the country and sure as hell not released from jail.”

It perhaps should come as no surprise that a Department of Justice that sold hundreds of guns to drug cartels in Mexico as part of its “Operation Fast and Furious,” has failed once again to protect Americans; this time by releasing dangerous criminals back onto the streets. Nor is it much of a surprise that an Administration that spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a healthcare website that would not work, could botch the multi-faceted problem of protecting America’s borders.

True immigration reform will come not from the Democrats on Capitol Hill; but rather through Republican-backed proposals that truly place America’s security at the starting blocks -- even if that means delaying immigration reform until after the November elections.

There is no question that immigration reform is desperately needed – including reform of legal immigration processes (such as work permits, visas, etc.) – but a rush to pass immigration “reform” now, just to placate liberal constituencies or to show constituents that Congress has done “something,” would not only be irresponsible but downright dangerous.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.