When did we become a monarchy?
The Obama administration has announced a dramatic move to placate the rising anger of Hispanic communities across America by offering a partial Dream Act to young law-abiding immigrants without documents who will now no longer live under the threat of deportation and will have the right to work.
This is effective immediately. The President is making angry people happy–angry people who might not vote unless they are made happy–angry people who might make other people angry. And why are they angry? Well, because some of us believe that our duly enacted laws should be enforced. Not all of us believe that, however:
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
Excuse me? Did I read that right? I though the whole point of having laws was to blindly enforce them. If we do not do so, then the laws are discriminatory in the worst possible way. Is not Justice blind?
It is not Homeland Security’s job to be merciful or gracious to anyone or exercise discretion. Its job is to apply the law. Mercy comes from judges who are to consider mitigating factors and the greater context of each case.
Why in the world is the Executive Branch making law? The Dream Act did not pass Congress. Therefore, it is not law. Obama has no authority whatsoever to implement his own mini-Dream Act.
The one aspect of the Dream Act that is yet to be achieved is the right to citizenship or permanent residency for young undocumented immigrants.
Kelley said that the battle for that reform would continue. “We need Congress to step up and finish the job,” she said.
Yes, Congress needs to finish the job–the job of telling the President that he’s not a Congress of One.