Dave Gibson, Examiner, June 15, 2012
A few hours after President Obama announced his executive order shielding potentially millions of illegal aliens from deportation as well as making them eligible to work in this country legally, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, Mitt Romney, was asked for his reaction to this unprecedented and possibly illegal act . . . the former Massachusetts governor’s words were, well—less than inspiring.
Romney gave the following response:
I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a long-term basis, so they know what their future would be in this country. I think the action that the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long-term solution because an executive order is, of course, just a short-term matter—it can be reversed by subsequent presidents.
I’d like to see legislation that deals with this issue, and I happen to agree with Marco Rubio as he looked at this issue. He said that this is an important matter, that we have to find a long-term solution, but that the president’s action makes reaching a long-term solution more difficult.
If I’m president, we’ll do our very best to have that kind of long-term solution that provides certainty and clarity for the people who come into this country through no fault of their own by virtue of the action of their parents.
Translation: Romney agrees that millions of illegal aliens should receive amnesty, but he is disappointed that Obama will be the one to get credit for it, instead of himself along with the Republican Party.
Of course, no one should be surprised by Romney’s true feelings on this issue.
During a press conference on May 8, the Republican National Committee’s Director of Hispanic Outreach, Bettina Inclan told reporters that Romney was yet to make a decision on how to deal with the important issue of illegal immigration.
Inclan stated: “My understanding that he is still deciding what his position on immigration is.”
Though less than an hour after making this damaging admission, Inclan sent out a Tweet, saying: “I misspoke, Romney’s position on immigration is clear.”
However, the horse had already left the barn at that point, and the apprehensions that many conservatives had about the former Massachusetts governor were given more credence.
Of course, it is not just Romney who has proven disappointing to those who simply want our immigration laws enforced.
In April, Florida Republican Senator and much-hyped vice-presidential hopeful Marco Rubio announced that he was crafting his own version of the DREAM Act which would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
That announcement disheartened much of the Republican faithful, and threw a big bucket of cold water on any chance of a conservative groundswell of support for Romney.
However, the signs have been there for anyone who cares to see them that the GOP will not defend our borders any more vociferously than the Democrats will.
Over the past several months, the Obama administration through executive order, has been implementing one disastrous move after the next which when completed, will add up to a blanket amnesty for all of those currently inside this country illegally.
While the anger among conservative activists and law abiding Americans has been palpable, the silence coming from the national Republican Party on these lawless policies has been deafening.
-On June 17, 2011, the Obama administration issued a memo announcing immigration officials no longer have to deport illegal aliens if they are enrolled in any type of education program, if their family members have volunteered for U.S. military service, if they have filed a civil rights lawsuit or even if they are pregnant or nursing.
The policy known as ‘prosecutorial discretion’ was also quietly announced on a Friday afternoon, and completely ignored by the mainstream press.
-In August 2011, the Obama administration announced that they would now only deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes in this country, more than likely, that means only those convicted of felonies. Perhaps, even more devastating, the administration will also reportedly distribute work permits to those illegal aliens allowed to stay even as U.S. unemployment remains very high.
-On January 6, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the agency’s proposed rule change which will allow illegal alien spouses and children to stay in this country while seeking legal residency status, rather than waiting for a green card back home.
Under the new rule, they will supposedly have to return home to visit a U.S. consulate for an interview. However, this will be but a formality.
The federal government would issue hardship waivers to the illegal aliens so that they can easily re-enter the country.
While Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has never failed to issue a statement condemning each one of Obama’s aforementioned actions, rhetoric is where the GOP leadership begins and ends on the subject of illegal immigration and what to do about the millions of illegal aliens already here (and still coming).
In January 2011, it was announced that Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) would head the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. The California Congressman was chosen for the top job, even though Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was the ranking member of the subcommittee when Democrats controlled the House.
Rep. King has consistently been the loudest voice in the U.S. Congress, calling for strict border enforcement and at times, seemingly the only one on Capitol Hill who is concerned about the public safety crisis caused by illegal immigration.
In 2006, King released the results of a study which found that 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, and 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers every day.
That same study also determined that eight American children become victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day, translating into 2,920 child victims annually.
King once said: “Members of Congress that vote for a guest worker plan . . . will be supporting an amnesty plan and they should be branded with the scarlet letter ‘A’ and pay for that amnesty in the ballot box in November [elections].”
In the past, King has introduced legislation which would deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.
It seems that it is that same, out-spoken nature, and no-nonsense attitude that sunk him with the Republican elitists, anxious to please their Chamber of Commerce benefactors.
We must not forget that only a few years ago, it was the Republicans who were championing amnesty for illegal aliens. President Bush wanted it, and Sen. John McCain wrote the bill.
In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, we heard tough talk on immigration from the Republicans, but that was when they were farther out-of-power than that party had been in nearly a generation.
The chairmanship rightfully belonged to King, but just as in the past, the GOP has placed more importance on pandering to Hispanic voters than on the rule of law—it would appear they may be going down that same destructive path again.
During a recent conversation with my good friend and fellow Examiner, Rick Oltman, we both concluded that Congressional Republicans are more than likely, very relieved by Obama’s actions because now the issue is effectively over and they do not have to risk alienating Hispanic voters by calling for strict enforcement.
If the Republican Party returns to the ways of Bush and McCain and goes back on their word to Americans eager to see our immigration laws enforced, those same Americans will find what they are looking for in a third party and leave the GOP behind forever.