President Obama, in the face of mounting pressure to avert the pressumed decision of the Supreme Court, announced on June 15, 2012 a new policy on illegal immigration. This new policy, affecting the nation, was not approved or even reviewed by the Congress. It was not presented to the American public for debate or comment. It was a unilateral decision made by the President without transparency, with great benefit to his supporters and re-election efforts, without regard to its impact on the nation.
President Obama said,
That paper happening to be the immigration laws of the nation, enacted by Congress. Laws that continue to exist but now are curbed to allow de facto criminals, who are actively evading the legal system, to get a pass. An expansion of the powers of the Executive branch that if done by any prior Administration would have resulted in a massive backlash from the news media and civic groups. But the Obama Administration has been and continues to be a favored politician, with much of his actions excused or overlooked.
Take into account what is the result of the change in immigration law that President Obama chose for the nation.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on implimentation of the policy created by the Executive branch only, released a memo (Exercising Proset¢orial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children)
Strong and sensible. Indicating a set of rules and guidelines that must be adhered to for the consistent and legal implementation of the directive of the President while maintaining the law created by Congress. Considering the legnth of some laws passed by Congress, and the ability of criminals to seek out loopholes in such laws, one might expect a detailed set of criteria and clarity of purpose.
The reality is far from that.
The news media has long enjoyed the rush of announcing news that impacts the nation, without concern on the follow-up of how the impact affects the nation – especially when such an impact may go against the perception of the favorites of the news media at large. An example would be the lack of coverage over the Stolen Valor decision of the Supreme Court. Another is the current, or total, results from the Obama Stimulus. Yet another would be the impact on foreclosures from the economic decision(s) of President Obama. Or the repayment of the Government takeover of GM and Chrysler. The list goes on.
If the media were to seriously investigate the impact of the decisions of the current President, rather than rush to focus on the latest announcement affecting the re-election effort, they might have asked the following questions that Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committe asked of the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE): [Rep. Lamar Smith's question in bold]
The list of questions goes on and on. Each is a valid question, never asked of President Obama, nor Secretary Napolitano. Each, while they remain unanswered, removes clarity of action and diminishes the abillity to have a “strong and sensible” enforcement of the policy or existing law.
Thus are the problems with unilateral actions made for the benefit of a singular entity. There is too much that is unknown, and far too much room for abuse.
Do proponents of the amnesty policy agree with all the above outcomes? Do the American people agree?
Yes, the few minites it took for President Obama to announce the amnesty policy for criminal aliens likely boosted his ratings and election prospects with those in favor of such a law. It has made for a great soundbite for Liberals, and was probaly welcomed in San Fransisco and similar sanctuary cities. But the reality only complicates an immigration policy that is filled with grey, slanted by politics, and can be universally said to be inadequate to the needs and desire of the nation.
Political elections count on the fact that neither news media, nor the public at large, will stop to pay attention to the details. But those details always come back to the forefront, and arguably never for the benefit of anyone involved.
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