Migrate away from this

Immigration issue is poison for Republicans this year

It’s no longer enough to just turn a blind eye to the more than 11 million people living illegally in this country. The new Homeland Security chief says the nation now has an obligation to make them citizens.

“An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows,” Jeh Johnson recently said to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.

“It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country – many of whom came here as children – to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens,” he said.

That’s right. One of the nation’s top law enforcement officials believes people who entered the United States illegally, and continue to break the law on a daily basis by remaining here, have “earned the right” to be citizens.

How?

And haven’t we Americans “earned the right” to see our existing immigration laws rigorously enforced?

What other nation in the world would seriously entertain citizenship demands from people who have slipped into the country illegally?

What other nation fails to enforce immigration laws already on the books? If there is one, how could it approach the epic level of America’s failure?

What would any other nation call tens of thousands of foreign nationals streaming across its borders with impunity year after year? An invasion.

Johnson’s remarks, one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the Obama administration’s secretary of homeland security in December, appear to support amnesty – the key plank in Democrats’ “immigration reform” plan.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner late last week outlined his own principles for retooling immigration – all while carefully avoiding the “A” word. He actually should avoid the issue altogether.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming,
R-La., correctly called any
attempt at forward motion on
immigration this year “a suicide mission for Republicans.” Why on Earth should Republicans help Democrats shift the focus of national debate away from the Obama administration’s spectacularly failed attempt at a health-care overhaul?

As for amnesty, it simply would encourage more people to disregard the law and enter the country illegally. If that’s the administration’s idea of reform, what’s the point in having a U.S. Border Patrol, or several of the other two-dozen agencies within Homeland Security’s $60 billion annual budget?

Amnesty is not reform. Amnesty is not the right thing to do. Offering a “path to citizenship” for lawbreakers cheapens the citizenship of every U.S.-born citizen or naturalized citizen who went through the proper – and legal – process.

“Immigration reform” is just the Democrats’ attempt to add millions of voters to its ranks by handing out citizenship like candy thrown from a parade float. Why else would they choose to devote so much energy to an issue that – according to a recent Gallup poll – only 3 percent of Americans believes is a “top priority?”

The 2016 election might serve as a clue.

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