Even though it has not yet been instituted, the amnesty is already much more far reaching than he claimed. While Obama initially said it would apply to illegals in college or the military. When DHS released a memo explaining the details, it stated that the illegals did not even need to be enrolled in school to receive amnesty. While the administration claims only (and I use this word in a relative sense) 800,000 illegals will be eligible, even liberal groups such as the Migration Policy Institute estimate the numbers as high as 1.8 million.
While I am outraged by Obama’s actions, I can’t say that I’m surprised. From day one, he has constantly showed his preference for the rights of illegal aliens over American citizens and his contempt for the rule of law. However, what disappoints me is that some Republicans are refusing to stand up against it. They think that supporting amnesty and refusing to enforce our immigration laws is a way to “win Hispanic votes”.
This is an insult to the many patriotic American voters of Hispanic descent and other recent immigrant backgrounds who want our borders secure and our laws enforced. As illegal immigrants tend to head towards areas which already have established Hispanic populations, it is often legal Hispanic Americans have to deal with depressed wages, crowded schools, and other problems it creates. This is not new. Decades before the Minutemen, Latino icon Cesar Chavez actually led protests at the border against illegal immigrants who took jobs from legal immigrants and native born Hispanic American workers. Poll after poll show that Hispanic American citizens support immigration control measures such as Arizona’s SB 1070 at a rate higher than they support the Republican Party.
Instead of promoting a watered down version of Obama’s amnesty agenda, Republicans need to respond by offering an immigration policy that puts American national interests first. This means offering practical solutions instead of a few sound bites about securing the borders first.
The most important thing the federal government can do is to stop making the problem worse. First and foremost, this means absolutely no amnesty under any name—whether they want to call it a ‘guestworker program’, ‘earned legalization’, or a ‘path to citizenship’.