Jan Ting, FloydReports.com
On August 18, President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to members of Congress announcing the administration’s new immigration policy. The U.S. government will exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to end deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety or national security, which describes the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Administration officials said low-priority cases likely to be shelved include individuals brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, undocumented spouses of U.S. military personnel, and immigrants who have no criminal record.” Thus, the administration conflates the two most sympathetic subsets of illegals with the vast majority of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of any serious crime.
The administration has made clear that minor criminal convictions, such as for motor vehicle violations, won’t trigger deportation. The government will not initiate proceedings against illegal aliens without criminal records who pose no threat to national security. And the New York Times quotes administration officials as saying that, “Those who qualify for relief can apply for permission to work in the United States and will probably receive it.”
The administration is implementing by executive order a policy it could not get Congress to adopt or even consider: amnesty for the millions of foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally or who overstayed their temporary visitor visas in order to work illegally in the U.S.
It is also sending a clear message to people all over the world who would like to try their luck in the U.S., though ineligible to do so because of U.S. immigration law: U.S. immigration law won’t be enforced if all you want to do is work. Just get yourself into the U.S. by any means, don’t commit serious crimes or threaten national security, and you will be able to compete with U.S. citizens for jobs. And since you’re willing to work for lower wages and under worse conditions than U.S. citizens, you can probably beat them out for a job. So come on in!
Why is President Obama doing this in the midst of an historic recession with record numbers of American workers unemployed and….