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A Moral Question for the GOP

Taras Wrote: Aug 18, 2012 10:36 PM
I ran into a similar situation some years back: two engineers from Ukraine in their early 40's, a married couple without children, couldn't get into the U.S. -- while we're urged to give amnesty to uneducated illegals. This falls into place when we think of the Democratic Party as promoting an immigration policy for the benefit of the Democratic Party, not the country. Educated, middle-class immigrants, you see, might vote Republican; poor, illiterate immigrants are sure Democratic machine voters who will vote as they're told. I'm old enough to remember when the Democrats were "anti-immigrant", outraged by Pres. Ford's admission of Vietnamese refugees in 1975 and 1976. Because they might vote Republican down the road.

Many conservatives reject President Obama's recent policy to defer action against illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. But as a conservative who supports the president's decision, I think it's important to seriously engage the arguments both for and against the policy.

First, let me explain what the Obama program does and does not do. It explicitly does not grant legal status to any group, even those who came illegally as infants or children. Those who are eligible for deferred action are given no path to permanent residency or to citizenship. They are not eligible for...