Since most of this week we have talked about fairness and rules mostly relating to immigration, I figured it would be a good way to end the week.
It is funny how perception works. I have always been proud to be American. I always knew that our system was and is better than most. I look at countries in the Middle East like Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt and so on and think to myself that we are very lucky to not have their system. However, with a lot of recent events, I’m beginning to wonder if we are not at the beginning of anarchy. Our economy has weakened, we are in the midst of an 8+% unemployment, our credit rating has been downgraded, and more recently we have the federal government suing states, and now ICE workers suing the Department of Homeland Security and Janet Napolitano.
Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona immigration law was illegal because it is the job of the federal government to protect our borders. Shortly after that ruling the President granted amnesty to a large group of illegal immigrants granting them the right to stay and obtain valid work visas. His administration also ended a program that deputized local law enforcement with the capability to arrest and detain individuals they believed to be illegal. You might even remember this quote by our president stating that these individuals are good for our country:
It is the right thing to do for the American people – and here’s why… here’s the reason… because these young people are going to make extraordinary contributions and are already making contributions to our society. I’ve got a young person who is serving in our military, protecting us and our freedom. The notion that in some ways we would treat them as expendable makes no sense. If there’s a young person here who has grown up here and wants to contribute to this society… wants to maybe start a business… that will create jobs… for… other folks who are looking for work… that’s the right thing to do. Giving certainty to our farmers and our ranchers. Making sure that in addition to border security, we’re creating a comprehensive framework for legal immigration. These are all the right things to do. We have always drawn strength from being a nation of immigrants as well as a nation of laws. And that’s going to continue. And my hope is that congress recognizes that and gets behind this effort.
In recent weeks, the Federal government has began to sue states in order to protect this group, whether it is voter laws or enrollment in schools. Now yesterday, these ICE agents have struck back against the government by filing a lawsuit against the DHS and Secretary Napolitano because the new policies of her and the Obama administration are inhibiting them from performing their job in arresting and detaining illegal immigrants. Like we have said all week, the rules were put into place for a reason. Now the Obama administration has done everything in their power to circumvent these laws. To me, this is equivalent to anarchy. Rules and laws are put into place in order to ensure order and peace. These laws are being broken by the people we have put into power to enforce them. Because of these actions, the agents hired to help protect our borders (with taxpayer dollars) can no longer do their jobs.
Hopefully their lawsuit against the DHS and Napolitano restores order to these laws that were put into place to help protect us. If not, we know what we need to do in November.