“Mending” a Broken System

Five million some odd undocumented immigrants are about to officially gain citizenship in the United States due to President Obama’s Immigration order.


In case you misread that statement, I’ll say it again; five million ILLEGAL immigrants are about to gain citizenship in the United States, even after breaking the laws and forcing their way into the country.


President Obama plans to assert his executive power and reform the immigration policy by easing up on deportation. The order overall prevents deportation and grants legal work status to about four million undocumented immigrants whose children are United States citizens or legal permanent residents, who have no criminal background, and who have lived in the country for at least five years. Another one million unauthorized residents will be provided similar protections, all for three years.


Previously, the immigration law only applied to young adults who had arrived before 2007, but it will now be expanded to anyone who arrived before 2010. Basically, Obama is just allowing more of these illegally placed individuals to freely stay within the country.


America may be all about opportunities, but when opportunities are taken away from those people who legitimately, truthfully, and honestly try to obtain them, just to give to those who cheated the system, the system itself becomes disappointing.


There are hundreds of thousands of people in Europe, Jamaica, Australia, or any other place you want to name that would probably love to come to gain citizenship into America. They apply, like an honest individual, in hopes to gain access to a country they see themselves in to have a better future. Unfortunately, the U.S government is too focused on using all available resources on the illegal Mexicans that have come to the country.


The only moral question left to ask is: does America really care about honesty? We are granting amnesty to millions of people who decided to just swim or walk over the border while denying those who do not have such a “privilege.”


It is understandable that the President is upset over the fact that Republicans refuse to work with and support him or have yet to come up with an alternative, but fixing a broken system with another controversial system may not be the way to go.


Let’s also not forget the fact that this is only the first step to assisting the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. So who knows what’s to come next? Maybe Obama is just going give them all a green card for Christmas, that wouldn’t be at all the most surprising thing he has done.


Aside from the idea of Obama virtually slapping those who are honestly trying and have honestly gotten citizenship in the face, he is also slapping his own American people in the face by ignoring their wants.


“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on the issue.”


Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, hit the nail right on the head with his comment on “Emperor Obama,” because the President is really not taking into account to feelings of the nation. People are so outraged, there are currently 17 states suing over this immigration order.


Texas is the leader of this 17-state coalition suing, all states agreeing that this move tramples key portions of the Constitution. Many top Republicans have denounced Obama’s order, but Governor-elect Greg Abbott, Texas’ current attorney general, took it all a step further by filing a formal legal challenge in federal court to block Obama’s action.


The 16 states joining Abbott mostly are in the South and Midwest, which should speak to the situation. The Southern states are the ones most affected by these illegal immigrants, as they are close to the border of Mexico, the place in which these immigrants illegally cross over. Thus, these states seem to be completely over the responsibility of these people.


The lawsuit raises two major objections: that Obama violates the so-called Take Care Clause of the Constitution- which Abbott said limits the scope of presidential power- and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern [US] border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care, and education.”


Another huge issue raised by this law would more on the financial standpoint rather than the constitutional standpoint. If Obama is going to let over four million into the country, does the nation even have the financial means to do so? Even by giving these immigrants work permits, there is no guarantee they will all find jobs. That leaves the only option to be living off government assistance or suffer the financial consequences. And let’s face it; America really cannot afford to support all these people. So, it’s either take these people off the financial programs or deport them.


Schooling systems are also forced to pay the consequences as the children of these immigrants are flooding America’s public schools. Most of these student immigrants cannot even speak English, so the school is forced to accommodate, creating various programs to help these natives. And again, states are under enough financial stress without these extra costs.


Ultimately, Obama has really made a huge mess of this issue so far and has not gone about it the right way. It may seem that his desire to leave behind a lasting legacy will not be one he was hoping; his popularity is continuing to falter with the American people as controversy continues to rise with his policies.