Grassley wrote: "It is astonishing that your administration would grant work authorizations to illegal immigrants during this time of record unemployment." No wonder Obama wouldn't answer a reporter's question as to why he favors foreign workers over American.
Obama argues that he has the authority to stop deportations of illegal aliens and reward them with work permits because he was using "prosecutorial discretion." But prosecutorial discretion is properly applied only on a case-by-case basis to deal with extenuating circumstances, not for cancelling prosecution of a million people.
Obama's action is an open invitation to fraud and lies. For example, Obama says his plan is for illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 and are still under the age of 30. Will the young illegal aliens Obama is favoring be required to prove their age with verifiable documents, such as birth certificates, school records, W-2s, tax returns, or affidavits under penalty of perjury?
Obama's estimated figure of eligibles is 800,000, but the Pew Hispanic Center says it will be 1.4 million. The bipartisan amnesty of the 1980s was estimated to top out at 1 million, but wholesale document fraud coupled with the lack of enforced sanctions increased the number to 3 million.
Obama undoubtedly thinks he will benefit from the mainstream media's continued failure to report the many costs to U.S. taxpayers of tolerating the influx of illegal aliens. According to Victor Davis Hanson, California is a showcase of the problem: taxes are the highest and rising, 70 percent of the last 10 million new Californians are on Medicaid; public schools have plunged to 48th and 49th in English and math test scores; and 50 percent of college freshmen need to take remedial courses.
Obama's pitch to illegal aliens is one more unlawful, unilateral, dictatorial action added to his administration's 21 specific violations of law that were itemized in an amazing document issued a few weeks ago by the Attorneys General of nine states.
Obama's gambit to admit illegal aliens will not help our country. It is clearly designed to help Obama attract a bloc of voters to re-elect him in November, and that's no excuse for violating the laws of the United States.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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