Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Why Is Obedience to Laws Important?

Strong families, communities, and nations are born when parents teach their children to obey the laws by their words and actions. Law-abiding citizens strengthen their states and nations, which then provide protection for their residents and citizens. The opposite is also true: parents who do not teach obedience to law OR teach disobedience to law will weaken families, communities, states, and nations.

A program was implemented by former President Barck Obama, terminated by former President Donald Trump, and reinstated by President Joe Biden. This week a federal district court ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is illegal. Will the Biden administration try to resurrect the program or finally let it die? The answer is unknown, but the Biden administration does not usually abide by law. Hans von Spakovsky at The Daily Signal gave the following description about how the program started. 

This unlawful assertion of executive power started when Janet Napolitano, then-secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a three-page memorandum in 2012 deferring the removal of illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 who had been in the country for at least five years prior to the date of the memo and were not above the age of 30.

They were granted access to Social Security and Medicare benefits – despite the fact that illegal aliens are barred from those government programs by federal law. By granting them access to those programs, that made them eligible for certain state benefit programs that depend on whether someone is “lawfully present” in the U.S., which was the label given to them by DHS. (Emphasis added.)

The program implemented by Obama and reinstated by Biden is a slap in the face for law-abiding people but came about because of compassion. When parents illegally crossed into the United States and brought their young children with them, they taught their children to break the immigration laws of the United States. In doing so, they made life much more difficult for their children.

Even though the families lived in the United States with all the freedoms and blessings of America, they were never legally eligible to do so. Therefore, they hid in the shadows for many years as the children became Americanized. Many of the children do not know of their previous homes, and they know of no other country than America. If they are deported, they would be deported to an unknown place.

Many of the “children” in the DACA program have waited years to realize their dreams of being in America legally. Now, a court has ruled the program to be illegal. This means that the “children” could be tagged for deportation at any time. Imagine how they must feel to know that their lives could be upended at any time!

Other parental words and actions may not be so impactful as those of the DACA parents. However, some parents really mess up the lives of their children, just as bad or worse than the DACA parents. God will hold such parents accountable. Parents must teach obedience to laws for their children to reap the blessings of those laws and to strengthen their communities, states, and nations.

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