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Jack Simpson: Obama grants 'amnesty' for political purposes

 

 

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, you can call it a mule if you want to, but chances are it is a duck.

If the government grants a pardon to a special group of people for political reasons, you can call it Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you want to, but chances are it is amnesty regardless of how you look at it!

Homeland Security is right now accepting applications from over a million illegal aliens that, when approved, will stop their deportation. The president has explained that illegals who arrived in the United States as children before age 16 and are not now older than 30 may apply, provided they have lived here for five years, are in school, or served in the military, have no convictions, pose no security risk, and pay a fee. Of course, some illegal aliens will jump at this chance to remain in this country and receive work permits.

Aliens from around the world who have entered legally and have met all American requirements will resent this apparent reward for those who broke the law to enter the United States. Legal aliens will not be pleased that President Obama circumvented Congress to boost his political standing with mostly Hispanic voters!

Unemployed American citizens will also resent favorable treatment for illegals with whom they will be competing for available jobs.

When many of us were still in high school, we learned of the Constitutional separation of powers, and we were given to understand that Congress wrote our immigration laws. We did not hear much about the president of the United States bypassing Congress and ruling by proclamation. When ignoring the Constitution, amnesty can be granted easily and it is being given to most who are standing in line around our public buildings waiting to fill out their paperwork.

Is politics a dirty business? That is for you to decide. Personally, I like having to go through the Constitution of the United States and Congress before changing the rules to grant amnesty to lawbreakers!

A nation of laws cannot afford to send out the wrong message, and, in this instance, granting probationary status to a select group of illegal aliens is the wrong message -- particularly when done for political reasons.

When will Congress act to reclaim its authority? Congress once rejected the Dream Act, and now the president, using immigration for political purposes, has granted "amnesty" through policy memorandum. Surely Congress resents this circumventing move.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.

Comments

henrystamm 2 years, 2 months ago

To all of the gootytouchies which part of illegal do you not understand?

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

henry, it is "goodie two shoes" not gootytouchies

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covington300 2 years, 2 months ago

Dear America - all moves by ALL politicians are motivated by selfish interests. Please stop believing it is a monopoly of the sitting President or his predecessor. Wake up and realize it's their game and we are just along for the ride.... We are a country of "illegal aliens" ask the Native Americans if those in Roanoke Island, Jamestown, Plymouth, and Savannah had filled out the proper paperwork to entire THEIR country? Wake up, quit pointing fingers and think your side is right and the other is wrong. Neither are right - both create distrust and hate in order to rule...

If these politicians really had different believes do you think a Republican President and Congress wouldn't have overturned LBJ's Great Society legislation. The more things change, the more they stay the same - but kudos for letting great public speakers tell you how to think.

Sincerely, Not your typical narrow-minded Southern Gentleman

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't really think there were any written immigration laws of the land when the first settler's (Pilgrims) came to America in 1620. Our Constitution did not come into effect until 1789 and the first US immigration laws were not passed until 1875. And it is believed the American Indians did migrate to North America from Eurasia across the Bering Strait. fyi - my father did immigrate to the US from Europe in the early 1900's and legally came through Ellis Island and fought in WW I for the US.

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henrystamm 2 years, 2 months ago

All original immigrants came to New York and California and where admitted legally and checked for illnesses. No Illegally via the dessert and uncontrolled visitors and/or student unchecked visas. Wake up. Hay John goodytoochy is an accepted funny expression, wake up.

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

henrystramm I've been to 3 county fairs & a goat roping contest, been to 41 of the United States, 6 foreign countries (one overseas trip was paid for by the US taxpayers with a promise of 3 hots & a cot - Vietnam) during my almost 7 decades on this planet and "I ain't never heard of this term" yet. And I have been awake most of the time.

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covington300 2 years, 2 months ago

Dear John- first of all and sincerely thank you...now, the problem is we are placed on earth by something more powerful than us and live by borders created by individuals who feel they are/were more powerful than we are...how can anyone simply say man's law supercedes the open range we were allowed to enjoy for a short time? Finger pointing and territory claiming have created centuries of hate and war- maybe we should change the approach if we really want a different and better world.

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

With @ 7 billion people on earth, with many and varied beliefs to get a consensus of what would make a "better & different world" for all won't happen. All unrest in the has been over "religion & land" starting with the Crusades, Gengis Kahn, etc

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