The debate immigration and what to do with those that have violated our national sovereignty by taking up residence in our nation is raging from the Colorado capitol to Washington DC. While lawmakers try to invent new laws rather than enforcing ones already on the books, some of the discussions and possible outcomes are interesting.
In the first hearing today on the topic under the new congress, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich) told his fellow lawmakers that illegal immigrants should not be called, well, illegal.
“I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today. The people in this country are not illegal. They are out of status. They are new Americans that are immigrants,” Conyers said (video below).
Out of status? Really? Someone should tell the representative that if someone breaks the law, they are doing some illegal, hence the term ‘illegal immigrant.’
We also learned today that granting 11 million formerly ‘out of status’ immigrants citizenship comes at a high price in terms of the cost for Obamacare. The costs for the government run healthcare program would increase $210 billion to $300 billion over the next 10 years.
And, to make you feel even better about that, costs for those using the healthcare exchanges could go up $1,100 per year per citizen.
The end result is that American citizens who have done things the right way, the legal way, pay even more for those that have broken our laws.
Lastly, much of the proposed legislation centers around increased enforcement and ensuring our borders are secure before granting anyone citizenship. We are apparently supposed to ignore the fact that President Obama has already ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to not deport lawbreakers.
Former ICE Director Julie Myers Wood told the House Judiciary Committee that the administration’s unconstitutional rules would have allowed the 9/11 hijackers to remain in this country even if they had been detained before conducting their terrorist attack.
As Chris Crane, president of National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, testified, “Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of United States immigration law.”
Now doesn’t that give you a warm and fuzzy?