When President Obama went on national television to unveil his plan for executive amnesty, conservatives hung their heads in dismay. This was it. This was the hope and change he’d been talking about. Just as we were beginning to overcome the recession – no thanks to Obama’s government-first recovery plan – here he comes to ruin the gains.
As it turns out, his administration has been thwarting the law on illegal immigration for most of his stay in the White House. Shockingly, more than 5.46 million immigrants have obtained work permits from the federal government since 2009. According to data acquired from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 982,000 of those permits went to illegals and other foreign nationals who did not meet legal standards for employment. Many of them crossed over without the slightest scrutiny.
The numbers come to us from the Center for Immigration Studies, which has released a report documenting the many failures of Obama’s immigration policies. In throwing back the curtain on the work permits, the Center has explained why most of the nation’s improvement in the job growth sector has been entirely due to immigrant employment.
“I was astonished at the huge number of work permits that are being issued by the Obama administration outside the legal immigration system through executive discretion, especially at a time of high unemployment and stagnant wages,” said Jessica Vaughan of CIS.
Under congressional law, 1.1 millions legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers are permitted to enter the U.S. annually. The 5.46 million work permits uncovered by CIS are above and beyond those baseline, legal numbers. Obama, whether through intentional discretion or a lack of competency, has turned this country into a haven for unrestricted immigration.
No Hope In Sight
Meanwhile, there are growing concerns over whether the GOP’s headline candidate for 2016 will actually do anything about the problem. Jeb Bush has been outspoken on the issue of illegal immigration, but not in the way conservatives might want him to be. According to a recent article in The Hill, Bush’s Mexican-born wife has been responsible for shaping his views on illegal immigration. Those views, as he stated last year, include the idea that immigrants who break America’s laws to come across the border are committing an “act of love.”
Speaking at his father’s presidential library, Bush said, “It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that it’s a different kind of crime, that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”
But Bush is arguing emotions, and that’s really not the issue. You don’t have to be angry at illegal aliens to oppose amnesty. You don’t have to hate them to support enforcing the law. The majority of illegals may very well be fine, upstanding, compassionate human beings, but that’s quite beside the point. We need our next president to understand that what’s right for America isn’t always what’s easy.
In fact, that’s conservatism in a nutshell. It’s a shame we don’t see more of it.