Amnesty Agenda Pushed on National Mall Despite the Site Being Closed During Shutdown

A planned amnesty rally organized by “Camino Americano” will take place on the National Mall Tuesday evening despite the site being closed due to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13%‘s shutdown.   According to Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s First Amendment rights.

Among the speakers at the rally will be Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 14% and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) 9%, not exactly champions of conservative thought.  The “Camino Americano” bio of Rep. Pelosi notes President Obama once called her the “most powerful woman in American politics.”

Who knows whether the event would be allowed to proceed during a government shutdown if the rally were promoting conservative values… but that can only be left to conjecture.

What is certain is that Harry Reid’s shutdown is disrupting the use of national parks by U.S. citizens:

Not only would the public be unable to enter the parks, visitors currently camping or staying in a national park would be ordered to leave within two days and all roads leading to the parks would be closed.

Additionally, officials tell Fox News the National Park Police in Washington plan to barricade all monuments. In the case of open-air monuments that have no physical barrier, such as the World War II memorial in downtown D.C., the police would have to go to extra effort and expense to create one to keep the public out.

Veterans are being shut out of the WWII Memorial by President Obama, even though Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky argues that there is no justifiable reason for closing the WWII Memorial.  It’s just a political stunt by the Administration.

What’s most important to note in the case of the “Camino Americano” amnesty rally is that the ideas being promoted at the rally aren’t in the country’s best interest.

The “Camino Americano” website promotes amnesty for the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country, under the guise of promoting dignity and respect for immigrants.

Treating people with dignity and respect is not an ideological or partisan issue – everyone agrees on that.

However, the Heritage Foundation explains:

Amnesty comes in many forms, but in all of its variations it discourages respect for the law, treats law-breaking aliens better than law-following aliens, and encourages future unlawful immigration into the United States. The U.S. saw these facts ring true back in the 1980s when the United States last granted a mass amnesty.

Why do current illegal immigrants and amnesty promoters not consider the dignity and respect for the 4.4 million individuals waiting to come to the United States legally?  How will they be helped by amnesty for illegal immigrants?  Heritage explains that amnesty will actually overwhelm the immigration system, slowing down the process of entry into the U.S. for those waiting to come legally:

In addition to being extremely costly to the American people, amnesty and the provisions of S. 744 are not fair to all those who have come, or seek to come, here legally. Today, there are approximately 40 million immigrants within the United States, making up nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population, and millions more arrive each year. For many, going through the legal immigration system is a difficult and time-consuming process; many wait years or even decades to receive a visa to the U.S. In fact, an estimated 4.4 million individuals are currently in line to come through the U.S. immigration system, some waiting 24 years.

The current immigration system is slow and overly complex, yet, rather than address these problems, S. 744 would thrust millions of additional people on the system by granting amnesty to those who are in the U.S. unlawfully, and unrealistically requiring USCIS to first clear the backlog of those waiting to enter the country.While clearing the backlog is certainly a laudable goal, without real reform to USCIS, arbitrary mandates to clear the backlog are only likely to overwhelm the system. 

The eagerness of some leftist politicians to grant amnesty first, before reforming the legal immigration system and securing our borders is reckless and unfair to both U.S. citizens and individuals waiting to enter the country legally.

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