The immigration ruse
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
With his poll numbers in the basement — and his credibility on the trash heap — President Obama's push for so-called “comprehensive” immigration reform rightfully raises skepticism.
Especially given the administration's conniving rollout of ObamaCare — if you like your health plan, you can keep it — claims of beefed-up border security should come into serious question.
Fool me once ... .
In pursuit of its “pathway to citizenship” — that is, amnesty — the Obama administration insists that it has tightened border security. And to make the elixir for immigration “reform” go down easier, Democrats included additional funding for border security in the Senate-approved immigration bill.
Fool me twice ... .
Now comes news that the deportation of illegal aliens, in fact, has sunk to its lowest level in 40 years, The Heritage Foundation reports. Meanwhile, Homeland Security has OK'd 81 percent of 580,000 applicants for provisional legal status, which was initiated by the administration, not Congress, according to Heritage.
As for that additional border security funding, the legislation grants considerable authority to Homeland Security's secretary to waive this provision. “So if you liked the border security promised by the bill, you won't necessarily get to keep it,” writes Ken McIntyre for Heritage.
The nation's been down this road previously and is now paying an awful price for ObamaCare, for which repeal is the only resolution. This time around, Congress need not pass the immigration bill to find out what's in it.
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