National Security

Immigration Strategy Is Undermining Rule of Law

Creating a humanitarian crisis so as to inflict maximum damage.

Jun. 27, 2014

The legislator in chief is planning another round of Hope ‘n’ Change™ on the immigration front because he can’t wait for the legitimate lawmaking body of this country. Barack Obama’s new press secretary, Josh Earnest, told MSNBC, “[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress. We’ve been waiting a year already.” This is all part of Obama’s strategy to inflict maximum damage on the nation. Whether it’s immigration, taxes, EPA regulations or foreign policy, Obama wants to knock America down a few pegs.

On executive actions, Earnest continued, “The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try to address some of the problems that have been created by our broken immigration system.” If Obama wanted to legislate, he should have stayed in the Senate. Though he’s certainly correct when he says our immigration system is broken, that’s largely due to his own malfeasance when it comes to enforcement.

This latest instance of proudly announcing he will circumvent the law is a prime example why John Boehner plans to sue for executive overreach. The House should be looking at impeachment of various executive officials, not a lawsuit, but that’s another story.

Meanwhile, Obama says one thing and does another. He offered tough words for the families of the tens of thousands of Central American children streaming across the border, telling ABC News, “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. We don’t even know how many of these kids don’t make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train.”

According to The Hill, “Under existing federal law, any children coming from Mexico are immediately returned, while others are sent to government detention facilities before being released to relatives or foster parents within the U.S. ahead of deportation proceedings.”

And The New York Times reports, “White House officials, saying that misinformation about administration policies helped drive a surge of illegal migrants from Central America across the South Texas border, on Friday announced plans to detain more of them and to accelerate their court cases so as to deport them more quickly.”

Yet Obama doesn’t explain how his phone and pen presidency has created false hope for Central American families. Besides, his bark is stronger than his bite. Tom Homan of the removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says “87% of those are still here in [court] proceedings because we have no final orders.”

Worse, officials are quietly searching for places to shelter illegal children all over the country. The little town of Grand Island, New York – situated between Buffalo and Niagara Falls – had a surprise visit from DHS and ICE officials who were there to evaluate what they thought was an abandoned Holiday Inn. The agents hoped to house some of the illegal children apprehended at the southern border this year. The administration’s shipping those children to the northern border is a mystery only if you don’t believe Obama’s agenda is to undermine Rule of Law.

Meanwhile, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) and several other Democrats are headed to the southern border this weekend to meet with some of the children. “The humanitarian crisis unfolding across our nation’s southern border demands Congress come together and find thoughtful, compassionate and bipartisan solutions,” Pelosi said. Again, this is a humanitarian crisis created by Democrats for the purposes of undermining Rule of Law and dividing out a loyal constituency for political gain.

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