Barack Obama gave his “Oval Office” speech on amnesty on November 20, 2014 – just weeks after a wave election put Republicans in charge of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. He obviously did not pay any attention to the election results that showed the desires of the voters.
America has been welcoming immigrants to our shores for over 200 years, and most of these immigrants have made America a better place. Congress passed laws stating who and how many immigrants could come into our nation, and many immigrants have followed the law and waited their turns even as they have watched other break the rules and come illegally. Americans are not against immigrants; we are against illegal immigrants.
At any rate Mr. Obama believes “our immigration system is broken” and “began doing what [he] could to secure our borders.” He blames the Republicans in the House of Representatives for not passing a “bipartisan bill” that had passed the Senate. According to Mr. Obama, the law “would have doubled the number of border patrol agents while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line….”
Those mean old Republicans refused to pass the bill! Even though Mr. Obama believes “that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he decided to act on his own “legal authority” to “help make our immigration system more fair and more just.”
Mr. Obama then announced those actions: (1) put “additional resources for our law enforcement personnel” on the border “so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.” (2) “Make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy.” (3) “Take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.”
The Daily Caller reported that Mr. Obama directed immigration officers to “stop repatriating illegals, unless the illegals have recently cross the border, or have been convicted of a major crime” as part of his “Oval Office Amnesty.” “Recent data shows that Obama is successfully reducing the repatriation of illegals who have been living in the United States for some years.
“In 2012, his agencies were repatriating roughly 30,000 illegals per month, out of a population of roughly 12 million. But that number fell to roughly 20,000 per month in 2014, and down to 11,000 in January 2015, according to a calculation by the Center for Immigration Studies.
“At the record low rate of 10,000 repatriations per month, it will take 100 years for Obama’s administration to comply with federal law, assuming the federal government also ends all other incentives – such as workplace authorization rules – that encourage the return home of the 12 million illegal immigrants.”
Mr. Obama has directed his agents to focus “law enforcement resources on high-priority threats” such as criminals and gang members as well as people who recently came over the border. The cost of this “prioritization” is high. “Each household of low-skill workers – whether native-born of legal immigrants – costs American taxpayers roughly $50,000 per year, in various transfer payments, such as IRS rebates, anti-poverty programs, health-care programs and K-12 education costs, according to the Heritage Foundation.”
Recognizing that “we’re not going to deport 11 million people,” Mr. Obama decided to redirect “federal resources from enforcement to give get-out-of-jail residency cards to illegal immigrants. The cards will allow at least 5 million illegals to compete for jobs, get IRS anti-poverty payments, get Social Security Numbers and also get on a fast-track process to citizenship and full access to federal support programs.”
Mr. Obama also threatened “consequences” if law enforcement officers do not enforce his amnesty. U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) is demanding answers to this question “in light of a recent federal court ruling against Obama’s policy.” He is asking what “specific consequences” the Obama administration would take if an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent did not obey Mr. Obama’s amnesty rules.
Senator Lankford sits on the Senate subcommittee with oversight of Department of Homeland Security employees. He sent a letter to the White House asking for answers. Among those questions is this one: “How should agents balance their oath to defend the Constitution with your orders to follow policies that a federal court deemed in violation of federal law?” Other questions can be found in Senator Lankford’s letter found at this site.
The man who sits in the White House and took an oath to uphold the laws of our land has brought immigration chaos to our nation.
The men and women who are supposed to enforce our laws are threatened with “consequences” if they fulfill their responsibilities. More and more illegal aliens are crossing our borders because of the talk of amnesty.
Why are Mr. Obama, Harry Reid, and their cohorts so willing to have illegals overrun our nation? One obvious answer is they need more people to vote for Democrats because Americans – including African-Americans - are wising up to their antics and voting Republicans into office. Another one could be a desire to completely destroy our American way of life. Whatever the true answers may be, they are not good for America or Americans. Another good question is, can America survive Mr. Obama?