Amnesty Advocate’s Advice to Obama: Abuse the Law Until Republicans Cave
House Democrats are promoting a discharge petition to force a vote on the Senate’s amnesty bill, and they’re not likely to get enough Republican support — 218 signatures — for it to work. But there is no shortage of pressure from outside groups for Congress to make amnesty law. In a moment of pure candidness, Chris Newman, general counsel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), recently stated:
The best way for a good [immigration] bill to pass this year is for the president to use his legal authority to reduce deportations and expand protections for illegals. That would compel House Republicans to come to the table in good faith.
In other words, Newman is asking President Obama to legislate unilaterally to protect illegal immigrants, until Republican lawmakers, having seen the error of their ways, vote for a bill that would make amnesty the law of the land.
Let’s analyze his remark.
“A good bill.” By that, Newman might mean something like the Senate-passed amnesty bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). It satisfies the goals listed on the NDLON website, which promotes “immigration reform that legalizes undocumented immigrants and offers regular status for those living in the shadows.” An amnesty bill like this one would cost taxpayers $6 trillion “in net future costs as unlawful immigrants gain access to the full range of government benefits, including welfare and entitlement programs.”
“Use his legal authority.” By that, Newman may be hearkening back to the many times President Obama has failed to faithfully execute the law with regard to immigration, like when he directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child, regardless of the child’s immigration status back in April of 2013. More recently, President Obama considered a wholesale rejection of immigration enforcement laws.
“Reduce deportations.” NDLON is not alone here. They’re joined by groups like National Council of La Raza, which demanded President Obama unilaterally stop deportations.
“Expand protections for illegals.” The left often appears concerned with protecting those who violated the law to come here, but they seem less interested in advancing the interests of those who are already American citizens and those who are waiting patiently to come here legally. As the Heritage Foundation notes:
No one is advocating for ruthless and inhumane treatment of unlawful immigrants. All humans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, but coming to the U.S. is a privilege, not a right. Pro-amnesty advocates, however, would have the American people believe that enforcing the law and deporting unlawful immigrants is, in itself, unfair and inhumane.
It seems this amnesty advocate has a twofold plan. Demonize those lawmakers who want to uphold the law, and tell President Obama to be Congress and the President all at once.
There’s a better way — one that’s fair and compassionate as well as fiscally responsible and respectful of the rule of law.