According to many illegal immigrant advocates, including an activist Sister in my town of Apopka FL, if you disagree with the continuation of DACA, and by extension blanket amnesty for those in our Country illegally, then you are stupid, mean, inhumane, cruel and disrespectful. In typical liberal fashion, they argue only from a position of elitism and name calling, but let’s take a look at some facts of DACA, shall we?
DACA was established in 2012 by a Department of Homeland Security Memo. It provided a promise that qualifying illegals would not be deported, and would qualify for certain taxpayer funded benefits. How to qualify? If the illegal arrived here before their 16th birthdays and were not older than 31; if they were in school, graduated or were honorably discharged from the military; as long as they passed a background check and were found to have no criminal convictions. What is wrong with all of this?
First and foremost, immigration law must come from Congress, not via executive action from a power-hungry president. According to Heritage Foundation scholar Hans von Spakovsky, “The president does not have the authority to decide who should be in the United States when it comes to immigrants. That power resides entirely in Congress.. the Constitution says it”. Only Congress can establish a “uniform Rule of Naturalization”. And the continuous sob stories presented by the media and illegal immigrant advocates of Dreamers coming to the United States as guiltless tiny children who were immersed in American culture and language is true in only a small percentage of cases. The Obama administration continually waived any education requirements and were “lean and light” when it came to criminal background checks for Dreamers; most were actually never vetted. DACA has no requirement for English fluency. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24% of DACA-eligible population falls into the functionally illiterate category and another 46% have only basic English ability”. The reality of DACA blows the myth of the poor innocent baby brought here by law-breaking parents right out of the Rio Grande.
And let’s look at who is being truly disrespectful. Is it really people who advocate for the rule of law, especially regarding immigration laws? Those who respect the rule of law, those who understand that citizenship is a privilege granted to about 100,000 legal immigrants each year. Our Founding Fathers advocated for immigration laws that would “increase the wealth and strength of the community”. Are these the people who are disrespectful? I say a resounding NO! Those who advocate for unlimited DACA, blanket amnesty; those here illegally, who scream and protest, demanding their “rights”; those advocates who would throw our immigration laws out the window and cheapen the privilege of American citizenship, they are disrespectful: of our laws, our Country, of those who have gone through the legal process to obtain citizenship, though rigorous, to become full citizens, and of the American citizen and taxpayer.
There is NO OTHER issue that calls for an America first approach more than immigration, and I will not apologize for that, nor am I and many others who oppose continuation of DACA cruel, mean, stupid or inhumane for believing this. I make no excuses for believing in the Rule of Law that puts America first, not those here illegally, or the tiny elite who advocate for anarchy veiled under the mantra of “immigration reform”. Citizenship is a privilege that is earned, via hard work, learning our language, understanding our founding principles, and assimilating to the American culture and way of life and following the rule of law. Any continuation of DACA beyond the March 2018 deadline, as established by the Trump administration, is a slap in the face to America and it’s citizens and legal immigrants and would be the truly mean, stupid, cruel and disrespectful thing to do.