An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents, rewarding them with legal status (Green Cards) for breaking immigration laws. The United States has previously granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants through one general amnesty and laws.
Prior to the first general amnesty in 1986, amnesty was available only on a case-by-case basis. That first amnesty gave some 2.8 million illegal immigrations the opportunity to change their status through the Immigration and Reform Control Act.
Amnesty may appear to be motivated by liberals’ compassion. Unfortunately, the primary goal of the liberals is less honorable and portends tragedy for our political and economic well-being. It must be considered that this amnesty is merely a first step toward citizenship and the right to vote.
Sixty-seven percent of Hispanics voted for Mr. Obama in 2012. Hispanics are projected to sway future elections even without the proposed amnesty and probable citizenship.
Obama in his recent inaugural address defended our nation’s middle class. Yet, his amnesty proposal is pitted against the best interests of our struggling middle class. Obama’s words: “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.” Actions speak louder than words and our president’s words are empty political rhetoric.
Obama failed to mention his proposal for amnesty, which flies directly against his inaugural rhetoric.
The proposed amnesty will open the floodgates to future illegal immigration, attracted to our government’s ever-more abundant socialistic offerings.
Our concerns would be ameliorated were Congress to pass more stringent immigration regulations. However, past experience has proved that Congress is inept and unwilling to enforce our current regulations.
The United States does not have the will or the means to control illegal immigration, yet it is dangling the most provocative of carrots to those millions who would undoubtedly storm our sieve-like borders.
With our unemployment rate around 8 percent and not likely to subside in the foreseeable future, these new illegals will be hard pressed to find employment. This suggests that our crime rate will soar.
The Democrat-run Senate voted down Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) amendment to the Amnesty Bill that would have excluded illegals who have been convicted of criminal acts, including gang activity.
If passed, the Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Bill will now permit convicted felons and terrorists to remain in the USA legally and indefinitely.
The above are the more obvious of our concerns, but the more subtle impact may well bear the most negative change for our nation. The strength of the United States has always been the checks and balances imposed on our government.
Until the present administration, our president has held limited powers under the scrutiny of the two houses of Congress. Now, President Obama is attempting to do everything possible to circumvent Congress. Not only is our presidency losing the checks and balances that have left our populace in control of our government, but this amnesty proposal presents the specter of dramatically altering the healthy balance that has long existed between our Republican and Democratic parties.
Personally, I care much more about the balance between our political parties than about which party maintains the current majority. You should, too. We are on the cusp of a descent into the abyss of undisputed majority governments that have so stifled those countries subjected to one-party rule.
Last September, Gallup reported that 38 percent of Americans prefer a one-party government. That is a frightening statistic in light of the liberty and freedom that we-the-people once enjoyed.
We must take a stand now, this very day, to barrage our representatives in Congress to defeat Mr. Obama’s amnesty proposal. Its passage will increase the rhythm of the death knell tolling for our besieged nation.
Failure to act now holds the dismal possibility of future civil unrest as the current administration’s divisive policies become fully implemented.
Ken Kirk of Marietta is a former professor of finance at Kennesaw State University, a former international banker, former real estate developer and former member of the Marietta School Board.