Ill-Timed Amnesty Is A Slap In The Face Of American Citizens

Commentary

July 2, 2024

By William Davis

As Americans observe the 12-year anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Biden Administration is celebrating with another mass amnesty.

The White House is set to replicate the Obama Administration‘s executive amnesty, this time by creating a DACA-style program for illegal alien spouses of American citizens, which includes over a million people. The program, known as Parole in Place, would allow these illegal aliens to obtain green cards, work permits, and ultimately a pathway to citizenship. Similar to DACA, Parole in Place appears to be an attempt by the executive branch to bypass Congress in order to place illegal aliens above the law. Much like DACA, this appears to be brazenly unlawful and will be challenged in court. However, despite the illegality of DACA, it has stood the test of time, and remained in place for a dozen years. It is a sobering reminder that just because a program is unlawful doesn’t mean it won’t succeed in its goal to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands of people in the country illegally.

While DACA set a new watermark for immigration lawlessness, this latest program is arguably even more ill-timed considering the historic crisis of illegal immigration the country has faced in recent years. Over the past three and a half years, more than 10 million illegal aliens from 177 countries have entered the U.S. These numbers demand a response from the federal government that prioritizes the sovereignty and security of the American people, not another amnesty program. In fact, support amongst the American public for a crackdown on illegal immigration has never been higher.

A poll conducted earlier this month by CBS News found that 62 percent of Americans support deporting all illegal aliens. This suggest that attempts by anti-borders activists and politicians to highlight sympathetic stories in their efforts to grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens won’t work on a public that is clearly exasperated by the endless border crisis.

The team at the Oval Office is aware that the American people are revolting against its anti-border policies, so they’ve attempted to present a tougher posture on the issue. Earlier this month, the administration announced an executive order that would shut down the border once a threshold of 2,500 illegal crossings a day was reached. Unsurprisingly, the executive order carved out enough grey area to drive a truck through, explicitly exempting children for example. The Department of Homeland Security has released 72 percent of illegal aliens in the San Diego sector—currently the busiest sector for illegal crossings—since the executive order was announced, according to The New York Post. Despite the recent tough talk emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it seems to be business as usual at the border, and illegal aliens who simply claim asylum are continuing to be released.

The true agenda of the anti-borders movement and their allies in the executive branch are revealed by programs like Parole in Place.

The true agenda of the anti-borders movement and their allies in the executive branch are revealed by programs like Parole in Place. Even as the country continues to be invaded daily by foreign nationals, this administration continues to look for creative ways to legalize illegal immigration instead of doing their jobs and stopping the flow.

The public case for Parole in Place will likely be similar to the one made for DACA. Opponents of the program will be smeared and accused of wanting to separate families and break up marriages. There will be individual stories told that will be intended to tug on the heartstrings of the American people in order to distract from the overall lawlessness of the program, but all of it will be part of a façade to normalize and legalize illegal immigration.

The true victims of illegal immigration are not the illegal aliens themselves, but Americans who are suffering because their government refuses to execute its most basic responsibility to secure the border and uphold the rule of law. In recent years, we’ve heard too many horrifying stories of young women brutally murdered by illegal aliens who should not have been in the country in the first place. As the illegal immigration lobby talks about family separation at the border, these American murder victims have been permanently separated from their families because their government refused to police the border for ideological reasons. These victims and their families are the ones who deserve to be prioritized by their government, not people who have broken our laws and entered our country illegally.

A dozen years after the creation of DACA, the precedent of executive amnesty has been expanded to include countless illegal aliens at the expense of the American people. This latest amnesty program is a slap in the face of American citizens, who have made clear their desire for the federal government to restore law-and-order in our immigration system.

William J. Davis is a communications associate for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.

Also published at American Liberty News, July 2, 2024.

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