In January, House Republicans applauded the idea and even included a path to citizenship when outlining their plans for new immigration law. Here is their word-for-word statement on the very same children: “One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.”
So, were they lying then or are they lying now? Listening to Republicans, you’d never know that Obama has ramped up deportations to absurd levels. No U.S. president has deported so many people. Obama will soon hit the 2 million deportee mark, probably in April. I wonder who the unlucky immigrant will be. Someone who has lived peacefully in this country for decades? Will he have U.S.-born children to support?
That’s not an unlikely scenario. A new study has shown that, despite claims that the feds focus on deporting violent criminals, gang members and other individuals who are clearly not a benefit to the country, under Obama they are scooping up all sorts of immigrants. The study by Immigration Policy Center found that most of the immigrants deported in 2013 had “relatively minor, nonviolent crimes or had no criminal history at all.”
Obama’s dragnet approach was an attempt to curry favor with conservatives. He believed this gesture would bring them to the table to resolve immigration reform. Didn’t work.
Hard-working immigrants, and their U.S.-born children, are the collateral damage. So what does the Enforce Act add to this travesty of government? Nothing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly pronounced it “dead on arrival.”