Why Immigration Reform Will not Happen

Turn on your TV, over and over you will hear about immigration reform. Time after time every political candidate, from every political party and sphere of thought will tell you exactly what they think; few poll punches on immigration. The media frames the debate in two polar opposites, as we can always count on our beloved media to do, despite the fact that there is so much more to the immigration problem than can be depicted in two ideas. Nonetheless, many in this nation are falsely led to believe there are only two policies; absolute deportation, and absolute amnesty. This is still being peddled by cable news propaganda stations despite the fact that very few people in very few places actually believe either of these ideas are beneficial. The fact is both universal deportation and amnesty would hurt our nation for many reasons, the two largest of which would be an interpreted invitation for more illegal immigration, while on the other side it would be a huge economic hit.

However, illegal immigration is a problem for our nation. Illegal immigrants are a strain on our resources, and contribute to the crime rate. This is not to say all illegal immigrants are bad; in fact, far from it. Most are great people, and illegal immigration gives them a bad stigma because of those who do come solely to take advantage of our systems and make money illegally. Most illegal immigrants even believe immigration reform is needed. Coyote running, below minimum wage pay, multi-family housing, and discrimination are not the American dream. The reason this has not happened can be stated in one word: power.

Immigration is an incredibly powerful topic, especially when one considers that Latinos and Hispanics are the country’s fastest growing minority. To politicians this means votes; the holy grail of their endless quests. Votes mean power, the most intoxicating of all narcotics. It is the desperate need to stay in office that kept immigration reform from happening. After 9/11 our nation, and rightfully so, went into self-panic and we essentially closed off the borders. We began limiting the number of immigrants that could come in, after building our entire nation on immigration. Gone are the days where we make the call for the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free; today, because there is no other way, these masses come illegally. Patriotslog believes the Democratic Party is manipulating these masses to try to steal their votes. Of course they know complete amnesty would be bad for our nation, it was tried once before and did not solve the problem, yet they so often lead immigrants to believe that is what they support, and the Republicans will not let them have it.

When Republicans have proposed immigration reform it has failed, because the Democrats will not have it. Now, the same can be said if the sides are switched, however, the Latino and Hispanic votes largely go against the Republicans, so hindering immigration reform is of no political advantage to them. On the other hand, appearing to be the champion of the non-citizen wins votes in droves by those who empathize with the non-citizens. I do not mean to suggest that Democrats do not care about immigrants; of course they do. By and large I believe our legislators are good people. The problem is the party; because their livelihood depends on the party they care more about the votes than they do about the people—in  this case, the immigrants. Democrats had fantastic opportunities to implement their own immigration plan when they held the majority just after Bush, yet they did not even make an attempt. They could have had their way with immigration reform, owning the White House, and both houses of Congress, yet they did not even make an attempt. Instead President Obama waited to propose his Dream Act until a time when he knew the Republican gridlocked House would refuse to even consider it; thus making him appear to be the messiah of the immigrants whose great ambition was crucified by bigoted and racist right wingers. Shame on you President Obama, it is insulting to immigrants, and to the nation as a whole to attempt to win an election through manipulation. Did your first campaign not bring enough false hope?

Moreover, if this shot-dead-before-it-took-flight plan was not enough to con away votes, President Obama initiated the Dream Act through executive authority, bypassing the legislative body set up by our Constitution, and making his will a law unto itself. We fought a revolution to keep such a thing from happening. The Constitution gives no law making powers to the President, only to the Congress. Our nation was designed in a way that was meant to ensure no one man had this type of power. The most harrowing thing about this is that he is not using that self-assumed power for the people, but for votes. Why else wait until now, when the economy, government approval, national moral and confidence, and the report card of the 2010 election are stacked against him? Desperation will do anything needed to achieve its goals.

If the timing and implementation of the Dream Act and the failure of Democrats to do anything on immigration when the perfect chance presented itself are not enough evidence, consider this. In the Supreme Court case concerning the Arizona immigration law they administration argued that it was unconstitutional for Arizona to enforce a law the federal justice department refused to enforce. As Justice Samuel Alito put it; “To say as the court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of the Immigration Act that the President declines to enforce boggles the mind.” The Obama administration is purposely violating the Constitution by refusing to enforce a law, just because they disagree with it. The purpose of the executive branch of government is to enforce laws, except, apparently when a policy of non-enforcement will win votes. “A state law may be pre-empted, not because it conflicts with a federal statute or regulation, but because it is inconsistent with a federal agency’s current enforcement priorities. Those priorities are not the law. They are nothing more than agency policy.” It is good to see Justice Alito call it like it is. The President is willing to break a law, and then sue others for upholding that law just to keep his positive standing with Latino and Hispanic immigrants.

It is shameful to have such low regard for Hispanic and Latino immigrants to use them for political gain; particularly while framing Republicans as anti-immigrant because they want to reform immigration instead of take advantage of it. This nation needs immigration reform. The vast majority of immigrants are honest and hardworking people. Our economy, tax revenue, and military would all benefit from immigration reform. However, it is immigrants who would benefit the most. Becoming legal citizens and having all the privileges this nation can offer is so much a better alternative than the dangers of crossing the border illegally, then attempting to build a life as an alien. Unfortunately this cannot happen because the Democrats are too busy taking advantage of our friends from the south.

–Matt Young

9 July, 2012

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About patriotslog

I am studying to achieve a double major in political science and journalism from the University of Kentucky. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sierra. I am starting this blog because I feel the political climate in Washington is carving deep canyons for our children to climb out of. Our representatives, on both sides of the isle, do not represent us, they represent the lobbyists.This blog is not to give answers, but to make people think. I believe the more we think about our ideas the better they will become; as opposed to becoming more and more intrenched in far left or right wing brainwash, where it seems nobody thinks anymore. I hope y'all enjoy.

Posted on July 10, 2012, in Constitutional Law, Patriotslog Articles, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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