President Barack Hussein Obama’s recent decision to grant asylum to the DREAMers, the offspring of illegal immigrants, has been termed by him as being “the right thing to do.” It does not grant them “a pathway to citizenship” – or so he says-for now. As a native-born American, of legal immigrants to this country, I have a bone of contrition with this executive order – done without the voice of the American people, against the will of our legislative branch of the Federal government as a means of garnering the Latino vote in the 2012 Presidential Election.
To best understand the DREAMer situation, let us look at the numbers. There are an estimated 1.4 million DREAMers, children of immigrants who came to this country illegally with their families who do not have legal status. These children differ from “Anchor Babies”, a term used for children born in the United States to illegal immigrants who “anchor” their families via a child born into citizenship. “DREAMers” is the term used by the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) president Janet Murguia for illegal immigrants who would have qualified for a pathway to citizenship under the DREAM ACT – an act that has been sent to Congress in many forms and was ultimately voted down in 2010 and 2011. Despite the Census Campaign’s attempt to lure illegal immigrants into acknowledging their presence in the United States, estimates of illegal immigrants range from over 11 million to as many as 20 million people.
President Obama himself, on CBS News last September, commented: “Our administration has supported the basic concept that we are a nation of laws.” Mr. Obama further said: “We’re also a nation of immigrants” and “we have to create a system that works for all of us.” He further asserted that although he has been pressured by Latino activists to write an executive order to allow the DREAMers a pathway to citizenship, he would wait for the DREAM Act to be passed by Congress. “This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” President Obama told the reporters. “There are laws on the books that I have to enforce. I think that there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed…by perpetrating the notion by myself I can go and do these things.”
And on a sunny day in the White House Rose Garden, on June 10, 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress and deemed that “the right thing to do” was to halt the deportation of undocumented youths by crafting an immediate policy…”to be fair …efficient… and just.” In short, he lied to the American people – and took back his words. He blamed the Republicans for the failure of the DREAM Act “due to politics” and said we are “expelling” our young people due to the “actions of their parents and politicians.” With his very words, President Obama made this into a pathetic attempt to pander to the Latino vote for his re-election.
By his actions, and through bypassing and overriding the decision of Congress, the lawmaking body of the United States Federal government, President Obama exceeded his authority and acted in direct violation of the mandate set forth by Congress. This is by its very nature illegal and is a failure to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the laws of our land – something he took an oath to do when reciting the Oath of Office on January 20, 2009. It also is a clear effort to supersede the checks and balances system set up by our Founding Fathers when establishing the three branches of the federal government: judicial, executive, and legislative. This illegal action of the President of the United States, in violation of the legislative mandate of the Congress of the United States, is tantamount to high treason.
There is a reason why the checks and balances system of the three branches of the federal government exists – to prevent any one branch from exerting dictatorial powers over our Republic. President Obama’s action to grant asylum to the DREAMers is the clear action of a dictator who has no respect for the checks and balances system of our federal government and is a desperate ploy by a desperate man to hold onto a level of power far beyond that granted by our Constitution. His action is not only illegal, but it is against the will of the majority of the American people, thus violating the central premise of our entire nation – a nation of the people, BY the people, and FOR THE PEOPLE.
Obama’s dream…America’s nightmare. Plain and simple, he lied. He lied to you. He lied to me. And he lied to the American people. But even worse was that he violated the very laws he was sworn to uphold and, in so doing, he became a criminal (not unlike the criminals, young DREAMers or old, he is pandering to.) Illegal is illegal, whether it is an illegal immigrant or an illegal act by the President of the United States of America. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the laws of the land. Only dictators don’t have to answer to the laws of the land and the will of the people.
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