Dream Act: will hurt unemployed AmericansThe elitist media seldom if ever disseminate the plight of, say, a disabled Richmond firefighter whose wife works an extra job to make ends meet. Their children, who may deliver pizzas to supplement the household income, manage to overcome challenges to complete high school — only to find themselves competing with dreamers for scarce jobs or admission to underfunded, jam-packed universities.
Furthermore, why doesn’t the White House publicly recognize that nearly one out of three young male veterans — able-bodied and disabled — was out of work last year?
In addition, champions of Obama’s loophole-ridden, fraud-prone dream scheme fail to point out that Mexico, the sender of half of unlawful immigrants, abounds with oil, natural gas, gold, silver, archeological treasures, exotic resorts, fertile fishing grounds, the world 13th-largest industrial sector and hard-working men and women.
Yet, the establishment in our cornucopia-shaped neighbor doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about the 35 percent of their countrymen who live as rag-pickers in fetid slums or in squalor on postage-stamp sized plots of land. The well-to-do shirk the responsibility to ensure decent education, health care and employment to these “have nots,” preferring that they emigrate so that Uncle Sam can picks up the tab for these services.
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No matter the euphemism used, amnesties trigger more illegal entries by those who believe there will be yet another round of forgiveness.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 supposedly would “wipe the slate clean.” This and subsequent statutes enabled 6 million foreigners to step out of the shadows en route to citizenship. Now there are 12 million to 15 million illegal aliens in the 50 states.
Rather than grant sweeping benefits to hundreds of thousands of individuals, compassionate consideration should be given to individual cases. For example, an El Salvadoran who served honorably in the military should be rewarded. The same would apply to a leader who helped break up gangs to make his neighborhoods safer.
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How to block the “Obamamnesty,” which House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, believes “blatantly ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy”?
To begin with, our legislators should refuse to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s implementation of this wrong-headed gambit.
At the same time, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor might use his considerable clout to gain passage of a national “E-Verify” program, remarkably effective at the state level, which requires employers to check the legal status of workers. A business that acts lawfully should not be disadvantaged by competitors who hire cheap, vulnerable workers.
To quote Smith again: “This huge policy shift has horrible consequences for unemployed Americans looking for jobs and violates President Obama’s oath to uphold the laws of the land.”
This article was written by George W. Grayson for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 24, 2012.
Class of 1938 Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary
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