Amid the cries of “Si Si Puede” from the Oval Office at the White House from the Three Amigos during Festival Inmigración with the President could be heard the wails from the pain too many black families feel from the separation of employment that comes from our failed immigration policy.
The White House announced in a statement released Thursday that President Obama “has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”
The review on increased leniency of illegal aliens inside US the border would supplement the President’s already lackadaisical attitude and enforcement policy of current immigration laws.
A memorandum authored by the Obama Administration in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) instructed several Department of Homeland Security agencies to ignore illegal immigrants that came to the US as children. It is similar to the Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) that was rejected by Congress.
Though it does not alter an individual’s existing immigration status or provide a pathway to citizenship, it does defer them from being subject to removal proceedings or from actually being removed from the country.
Estimates of those individuals that are eligible range as high as 1.76 million. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), over 500,000 have been the granted the deferment as of November 2013.
This new effort by President Obama seeking additional executive amnesty for illegal aliens came after his meeting with three member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).
The three Hispanic lawmakers at the Oval Office complaining about perceived increased deportations by the Obama Administration were CHC Chairman Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a Democrat from Texas, Immigration Task Force Chairman Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA). The Three Amigos had threatened to introduce a resolution demanding action.
Cowering from behind his desk at the Oval Office at the threat of their demands, President Obama appeared clearly shaken after the meeting. Though it is not apparent exactly what policy changes such an inventory by Jeh Jonhson would entail, ignoring current immigration laws by way of executive order or orders is certainly at the top of the list of Jeh’s recommendations.
Obama had threatened to use his pen and his phone earlier in the year at his State of the Union Address to bypass Congress. His current executive order amnesty though has been decried by illegal alien activist as being too strict, citing record high deportations.
Apparently they missed Jeh Johnson’s recent congressional testimony where he admitted that the deportation numbers reported by DHS were artificially inflated by the inclusion of border apprehensions. The Obama White House had been claiming a “record number” of deportations trying to make the President look, well Presidential. It backfired when it earned him the nickname “Deporter in Chief,” even though actual interior deportations had declined by 40 percent since 2009.
A response released by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee stated:
It is astonishing that the President would order an ‘enforcement review’ not for the purposes of repairing enforcement but weakening it further. According to ICE’s own published statistics, the vast majority of those removed from the country have been convicted of a crime or involved with a serious crime.
Illegal immigrants in the U.S. who don’t meet the Administration’s ‘priorities’—even if they come into contact with immigration enforcement—are widely exempt from federal immigration law. And approximately two-thirds of removals last year were in fact not deportations at all but were instead of apprehensions of those interdicted crossing the border.
This lawlessness is a large factor in the decline of wages for Americans, immigrant and native-born, alike. President Obama should demonstrate more concern for struggling American workers of all backgrounds.
ICE’s statistics reveal that a full 82 percent of interior removals in 2013 were convicted criminals. Overall, ICE reported that “98 percent of the agency’s total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed by ICE.”
[NOTE: Click here for a detailed timeline of the Administration’s dismantling of immigration enforcement]
The President’s executive actions on amnesty comprise just a few of the dozens of examples of executive overreach by the Obama Administration listed in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) report “The Imperial Presidency.”
Two bills were passed in the House of Representatives this week to thwart Obama’s penchant for the pen and executive orders.
The “Enforce the Law Act” would allow either chamber of Congress to bring a civil action against the President should he fail to “faithfully execute the laws of the United States.” It also “grants jurisdiction to a three-judge panel of a U.S. district court to hear such civil action and provides for an expedited direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Also passed by the House was the “Faithful Execution of the Law Act,” which “expands the circumstances under which the Attorney General is required to report to Congress” anytime it “establishes or implements a policy to refrain from enforcing, applying, or administering any federal statute, rule, regulation, program, policy, or other law.” Added on top of that, the Attorney General must adhere to, enforce, apply, or comply “with, a final decision of any court of jurisdiction respecting the application of the Constitution.” And report to Congress “to state the grounds for policies of nonenforcement.”
Lost amongst the shuffle of Obama’s race to open the borders is the discussion of black unemployment in America. Overall unemployment in the US stands at 6.7%, but when you break it down and look at the numbers it looks a bit different and it’s not as pleasant for some. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, white unemployment is 5.8% and it’s more than twice that for black workers at 12%. It is estimated that in 2013 almost 20% percent of black workers were unemployed at some point.
There are approximately two and a half million blacks who are unemployed, not counting the ones who have left the labor force. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal left-leaning economic policy think-tank said that “Blacks disproportionately left the labor market.” It is estimated that of the 11 million illegal aliens in this country (that we know about so far), about 8 million or so are working illegally. That accounts for more than 5% of the US labor force.
That means that there are approximately three and a half illegal aliens that are working here illegally for every black person that’s unemployed. The enlightened progressive liberal left would have you think that all those eight million jobs that are taken by illegal aliens are low skilled low wage jobs. Not so according to an editorial at Bloomberg View:
the undocumented are hardly relegated to agriculture and domestic service. Construction, manufacturing and retail are among their biggest employers, according to the Migration Policy Institute. So, either quite a few of the nation’s 6 million employers have welcomed undocumented workers into their factories and stores, or a smaller number of employers have hired an awful lot of them.
Either way, little is being done to stop the practice. Workplace enforcement is minimal. Fines are small. Amid all the political bellowing about the border, no one in Washington pays much attention to employers’ practices.
So much so does the Obama Administration not pay much attention to employers hiring illegal immigrants, it routinely cuts fines to businesses violating immigration hiring rules, routinely by as much as 40% according to an article by the Washington Times. Going after the employers was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the Obama Administration’s immigration policy. The White House even has a web page called “Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers” touting “businesses should only employ people legally authorized to work in the United States.”
Perhaps Obama’s “Strengthening Enforcement” policy outlined at Whitehouse.gov should be revised to “Eliminating Enforcement” after his parly with the Three Amigos. The President clearly did not expressed any heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect unemployment has on black families.
Allowing eight million alien invaders to usurp the employment opportunities of American workers, especially the hard hit black population is unbelievably demeaning and disgusting. The black citizens of this country deserve better. They deserve the economic opportunity and rewards that are denied to them by an administration and an executive order pen policy that puts illegal immigrants’ welfare before the respect and dignity of its own citizenry. It is a shame and an outrage and black Americans have every right to be both ashamed and outraged at its leader, Barrack Hussein Obama.