June 19, 2012
President Obama did what he could to show people the way this last week on how to deal with the massive immigration dysfunction that our US system has become. In years past, it has been far easier than present day to enter the US and immigrate. All the way through the late 70s, immigrating to the US was a process that had a finite beginning and end. Today it is a maze of bureaucracy hampered by pre 911 prejudices and post 911 paranoia.
Homeland Security is a department in the executive branch and thus under the authority of the President. The policy change is fairly simple. Children of illegal or undocumented residents could gain at least a 2 year stay on their deportation if they :
• Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the U.S. on the date of this memorandum;
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
• Are not above the age of 30.
This announcement has been widely criticized as a political move by the President, but ask the GOP and Mitt Romney for their vision of how to handle illegal immigration. They do not have a plan on how to deal with the millions of illegal and undocumented residents. They do not have a plan on how to change anything from the current status quo which is onerous, cruel and unusual punishment to people for simply wanting a better life but not necessarily committing other crimes.
The children of families caught up in the ICE and Homeland Security bureaucracy are truly innocent in the situation and blameless for the choices of their parents. This is a bad situation where the government truly needs to reorganize and restructure.
The overall policy is misguided and unrealistic as well. If we wish to stem the tide with illegal immigration we need to address the rules of employment and the enforcement of hiring and documentation. As long as illegal immigrants can get a job in the US, they will continue to come. So far, it appears that Mitt Romney and the GOP want to close their eyes and continue to pretend the current state of our immigration policy is just fine.
The day that President Obama announced the change to deportation policy which is only to be a two year trial, the President was heckled during his opening statement by Neil Munro, an online reporter-blogger for the Daily Caller, a GOP newsite. As the cameras were trained on the heckler to capture the exchange between President Obama and Mr Munro, you can see the frustration and even seething hatred as Mr Munro appeared to be trying contain himself and allow the President to speak. Mr Munro, if nothing else is just the latest symbol of the unthinking raging hateful angry opposition which believes that the office and functions of the President is not worthy of high respect, no matter who is in that place. Mr Munro is just another zombie of the right blinded in their rage.
- theGrio editiorial: Disrespect is the story, not Neil Munro (thegrio.com)
- Obama Offers Immunity to 800K Young Immigrants (newser.com)
- Immigration reform: five Reasons Obama ordered the DREAM (thegrio.com)
- Obama move is momentous for some illegal immigrants (kansascity.com)
June 6, 2012
Personal Note to the President of the United States, Monday, 6/4/2012
Dear President Obama,
I got the tweet from you the other day. Something or other about the election in Wisconsin. Honestly, my first reaction was, really? Your first comment on Tom Barrett in a tweet? I know Wisconsin only has 10 electoral votes, but democrats across the country have been watching and wondering where the love is for the grass roots of the party. Wisconsin put a lot on the line and there is barely any acknowledgement from the leader of the party.
When Bill Clinton came to Wisconsin, I was thinking, wow, President Obama must be busy. But for once, I have to say that Scott Walker was right when he wondered why you would come so close to Wisconsin and yet remain so far away. The hardworking folks in Wisconsin who have put lives and reputation on the line to protect their rights deserve more than 140 characters.
I don’t know who is going to win the Wisconsin recall. I just know how good it felt to have some old figures in the party come and advocate for the people. I just wish you could see how it would only give you the high ground in the debate if you would just take the political upper hand in this situation. The people of Wisconsin are correct to rise up and demand accountability from their elected officials. In an era where a few anonymous wealthy contributors can tip the playing field 25 to 1, you have a responsibility to get in and play hard for the team .
I don’t know the entire situation you face of course. It just seems though that by visiting the neighboring states at such a crucial time, you appear to be ‘nibbling at the edges’ and avoiding going for the goal. If you are going to face criticism, however, it is better to face it for doing the right thing.
Addendum, Tuesday 6/5/2012
The depressing results have come in and I’ve listened to the concessions and acceptances and the pundits analyses. I don’t blame you for not playing in the campaign. I do think GWB would have come into the fray had the shoe been on the other foot. Ah, but then comes back up the shoe metaphoric thing. It’s easy to see a coldness in the regard of the President toward the Unions of Wisconsin. I hope we don’t see a replay of the 2010 election where a dejected progressive electorate fails to turn out. I just think you missed an opportunity to fight the good fight and even if it was a loser, be on the correct side and help shine a spotlight on the truth.
Then again, maybe you have already decided that you cannot fight the mass of cash and media arrayed against you.
Still hoping for some change, fellow citizen, Joe Blunt