Saturday, November 29, 2014

Is Obama’s Quick Fix, a Political Gambit?

There is a type of people who have no respect for local or the global laws; they are the ones who, despite the tough rules in place, are usually able to successfully migrate to foreign lands without getting caught. Shamelessly, they have no respect for the rights of those who are already lined up waiting for clearance to legally immigrate. The said que jumpers end up as illegal immigrants. Indeed, it’s frustrating scenario.

 The ongoing rise in illegal migration to the U.S. from certain Mexican border points and from other countries via available channels  have caused a serious headache for the United States of America.

Historically, U.S. presidents through the years have been making a variety of changes through their executive actions. But, executive orders have the potential to harm millions of Americans costing the taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.
Having adopted the “middle ground approach” to fix the broken system, President Obama has actually opted for paving the way for better economy through halting the painful deportations.

We can’t blame those who are uncomfortable with President's executive order to grant DE facto amnesty to five millions (out of eleven million illegal aliens). Let’s realize the order is aimed at helping illegal immigrants brought to America as children and those who are parents of children with legal status.
The nervous Americans are afraid that the president’s wrong decision may cause an aggravation of racial tensions. Because, illegal immigration increases the supply of low-skilled workers, which drives down wages for the less educated black and white Americans.

Obviously, the Native Americans are bound to face more competition for positions paying significantly above the federal minimum. It translates into millions of illegal immigrants getting qualified for work permits, hence, the enablement to grab better-paying jobs.
In other words, it is not difficult to figure out why many white Americans would perceive illegal immigration as undermining their culture, standard of living and the rule of law. They label the Democrats as opportunists who would damage the constitution to maintain their grasp on power.

Obama’s stance: He has waited more than a year for House Republican leaders to put an “immigration reform plan” to a vote after the “Democrat-controlled Senate” passed one. He has bypassed the Congress on immigration reform, saying the country can no longer wait to fix a broken system.
Triggering Irritants: like many others, the Washington Times Headlines highlighting “Illegals get a pay raise while current American workers’ checks could get squeezed,” are surely creating a sense of dissatisfaction for a large majority of the legal residents.
Of course, the Illegal immigrants stand to make out nicely, seeing a big jump in their wages under President Obama's policy.
Republicans are angry over Obama's decision to use an executive order to put forth his plan, shielding of illegal immigrants from deportation.

On the contrary, Obama acknowledged that criticism directly. "Leaving this broken system the way it is" ... "that's the real amnesty," he said. He then called mass amnesty "unfair" and "mass deportation ... both impossible and contrary to our character."
The question is why the Republicans have been ignoring the passage of Immigration reforms?.

The Constitution:

"The term "executive power" Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, refers to the title of President as the executive. He is instructed therein by the declaration "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5, else he faces impeachment."
"An executive order of the President must find support in the Constitution, either in a clause granting the President specific power, or by a delegation of power by Congress to the President." "If Congress shall be in gridlock, the President will have the authority to legislate".

Clearly, if the U.S. President has the power to make executive orders, the Congress and the Senate have the power to shut down the government and impeach the President.
It’s the ongoing opinion that impeachment is not a viable option, and Republican lawmakers might be challenging executive orders in federal court.

Main beneficiaries of the president's actions are immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for more than 5 years but whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents. After passing background checks and paying fees, those individuals can now be granted relief from deportation for 3 years and get work permits.
Obama is also broadening his 2012 directive that deferred deportation for some young immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Obama will expand eligibility to people who arrived in the U.S. as minors before 2010, instead of the current cut off of 2007, and will lift the requirement that the applicants be under 31. The expansion is expected to affect about 300,000 people.
The Obama executive order is great news for many young "dreamers" and their families—great, great news. If only it were as good as it seems—if only it were a real solution.
BUT, a long-term solution still has to go through Congress—and it has to be bipartisan.
The President announced new deportation priorities that would compel law enforcement to focus its efforts on tracking down serious criminals and people who have recently crossed the border, while specifically placing a low priority on those who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years.

Deferring deportations: 
The new deferral program will apply to any undocumented immigrant who has been in the United States longer than five years and is the parent of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Applicants must pass a background check that would show they have not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors.

The current deferred-action program defers deportation against immigrants brought here before Jan. 1, 2007, who were 15 or younger, were 30 years old or younger as of June 15, 2012, and have not been convicted of a felony or major misdemeanor crime. Obama is expanding deferred action to include those brought here before Jan. 1, 2010, and by removing the age cap. This isn't just about young people eligible for the DREAM Act or the Obama order.

The legal immigration system must work for all Americans, citizens, immigrants, and employers who heavily depend on immigrant skilled workers, to maintain good health of their businesses as well as to keep contributing to the national economy.

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