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The state of immigration: Politics as usual

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Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, 8:49 p.m.
 

With President Obama's executive-ordered “deferred action”/DREAM Act to bow on Wednesday, congressional Democrats are pulling out all the stops to help young illegal aliens file applications for a special status that defers action against them.

“Outreach” programs are being organized to help illegals “navigate applications,” understand fees and avoid rip-offs, The Hill newspaper reports. This, after Mr. Obama sidestepped Congress and ordered that “qualified” illegals brought into the U.S. as children could remain here — temporarily.

But don't call this “amnesty,” proponents say. It's simply reaching out to “high-achieving” and “talented” young illegals to work or study in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

But if these are, in fact, talented, achievement-oriented people, then they shouldn't need the Democratic Party's “help” filling out immigration forms.

And how much is this “reach-out” going to reach into taxpayers' pockets?

Advocates for illegals also insist this is simply extending fairness to the children of “circumstance.” Right.

“This will lead to a backlog for legal immigrants, who followed the rules while allowing lawbreakers to skip to the front of the line,” says Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.

And that's a putrid double standard, enabled by executive fiat, that coddles illegals for no other purpose except to collect votes in a presidential election year.

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