The president originally called for Congress to change the law so the illegals could be returned to their home countries quickly, but he since has changed his tune. His focus now is on requesting $3.7 billion to increase the number of judges to hear cases and more lawyers to represent the illegals. He wants to speed up a process that was never meant to apply to this wave currently flooding the U.S. He’s also claiming passing “comprehensive immigration reform” would fix this problem, even though it would do nothing to address the current crisis. Never let a good crisis go to waste…
Expediting hearings could decrease the backlog, but it would do so only if the border were sealed. The president has no plans to do that. As such, even if the president gets what he wants, the number of illegal aliens flooding the border would only increase and the logjam would continue to grow.
More troubling is the possibility these expedited hearings could stamp the illegals with legitimacy and grant them amnesty.
The hearings are to determine if these illegals have a claim to asylum. Given his record and his agenda, the president cannot be trusted to fill those judgeships with impartial jurists. Activist judges easily could wave through countless illegals with the stamp of judicial approval, making it nearly impossible ever to remove them.
Simply put, granting illegal aliens access to a legal process never intended for them will grant them a golden ticket into the United States and bypass what the law intended for them – a quick return to their home country. Once you grant illegals access to the courts they will be here forever.
The president is correct that he’s following the law. It’s just not how the law was intended, according to its Democratic author. Congress should change the letter of the law to match the intention of it and do so retroactively, if possible (they can tax retroactively, so it may be possible), so those illegals currently being shuttled across the country at taxpayer expense can be sent back home and apply to enter the country through the legal process.
The Obama administration declared the “borders have in fact never been stronger” just last year. That was not true then, and it obviously is not true now. It’s funny now how a president so boastful of how he will act alone if Congress doesn’t act, refuses to act within the intent of a law he’s cowering behind. He has the power to act in the best interest of the United States now. He just doesn’t have the will.
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