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.