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Amnesty?

Mona Kilborn, Marshalltown

July 15, 2012
Times-Republican

It's time to write to your elected federal officials. Our constitutional republic is in danger. Do you remember the quote by President Obama in a 2011 speech to a Hispanic advocacy group in which he stated, "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. That's not how our system works." Apparently it does now! The new immigration guidelines are similar to those in the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which has been repeatedly proposed, but never passed and sent to the president by the Congress. The president is now doing by executive fiat what the elected representatives refused to do legislatively. Article I, Section 8, paragraph 4 gives Congress the authority to make naturalization (immigration) law. When the president issued an executive order it was unconstitutional.

In a July 3 letter to ICE Director John Morten, the House judiciary chairman asked how the agency planned to implement its new program. Basic questions were asked. When must an illegal alien have entered the country to qualify? What is a significant misdemeanor for purposes of qualifying? Do part-time students qualify for the amnesty? Will DHS charge an application fee? A director (Alejandro Mayorkas) stated they were "not in a position to answer many questions about the process." That should raise some red flags!

According to recently released US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) figures, 15,590 unaccompanied, illegal alien minors crossed the border this past fiscal year. The CBP defines unaccompanied, illegal alien minors as those under the age of 18 who are traveling without their parents or guardians. This figure marks a significant increase over the past two years. When we see articles praising the DREAM Act we are told that "children had no choice when they were young and their parents brought them here." Perhaps we are not being told the whole story.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a memo that offered to grant work authorization to illegal aliens between the ages of 16 and 30 who are already in the country. With a cutoff date of June 15, 2012, one might wonder if future border crossers will forge documents to establish eligibility. Administration officials suggested the exact cutoff date was still being determined. It's time to ask Congress to step up and do its job.

 
 

 

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