Obama transforms America
Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens.
He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against them and to declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.
Our rogue president has crossed an historic line and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the “Obama precedent” when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.
The political, psychological and moral effects of Obama’s action will be dramatic. Sheriffs, border patrol and immigration authorities, who have put their lives on the line to secure our broken borders, have been made to look like fools. Businessmen who obeyed the law and refused to hire illegals, hiring Americans and legal immigrants instead and following U.S. and state law on taxes, wages and withholding, also look like fools.
Obama’s action makes winners of the scofflaws and hustlers.
Immigrants who waited in line for years to come to America, and those waiting still, have egg on their faces. Why, they are saying to themselves, were we so stupid as to obey U.S. laws when border-jumpers are now on the way to residency and citizenship?
When the world hears of the Obama amnesty, millions more from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East will come. And if they cannot get in legally, they will walk in or fly in and overstay their visas. Why not? It works.
With this amnesty Obama takes custody of and responsibility for the entire illegal population. And for what the illegals do, he will be held accountable.
If the amnestied illegals contribute to the drug trade and violent crime, that will be Obama’s legacy. If they turn up disproportionately on the welfare rolls, exploding state and federal deficits, that will be Obama’s legacy.
Will poor and working-class blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, welcome this unleashed competition from the amnestied illegals for jobs where the wages never seem to rise?
In the four decades before JFK, the nation had a pause in legal immigration. During that pause, the Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, Greeks and Slav immigrants who had come in from 1890-1920, and their children and grandchildren, were fully assimilated. They had become not only U.S. citizens, but also identifiably American.
Today, in 2014, after an influx of perhaps 50 million in 50 years, legal and illegal, we seem to be less a nation than some mammoth Mall of America.
Running in 2008, Obama said he intended to become a “transformational president.” With this decision, he succeeds. He has accelerated and ensured the remaking of America. Now when the wives and children of the illegals arrive, and their extended families apply for and receive visas, we will become the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.
But then the community organizer did not much like that old America.
Pat Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”