The state of immigration: Politics as usual
By The Tribune-Review
Published: 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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