This Date in Obama’s Administrative Amnesty: April 16, 2009

This Date in Obama's Administrative AmnestyPresident Barack Obama declared that amnesty was a “shared interest” of the United States and Mexico when he met with former Mexican president Felipe Calderon on April 16, 2009.  Obama made his intentions publicly known in Mexico on that date, but five years later the objective has not become a reality.  This angered the current Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who said this past February that he was “indignant” that the United States would enforce our country’s immigration laws at all.  Nieto also criticized U.S. lawmakers for their “lack of conscience” in not passing amnesty legislation.

President Nieto, it’s the American people who should be indignant that our borders are not secured and that illegal aliens are openly flouting the law.  Having and enforcing immigration law is indicative of a country’s respect for law, protection of public safety, and defense of national security interests.  The United States should remain strong internationally, and fair and uniform immigration enforcement helps to develop internal strength.  Contrary to Nieto’s criticism, opponents of amnesty are acting with their consciences, caring for the needs of American workers who are forced to compete with illegal aliens for jobs.

Instead of defending U.S. immigration policies against President Nieto’s criticism, President Obama instead backed down.  Obama only further pandered to illegal aliens when he publicly pledged to have his Homeland Security Department review U.S. immigration law in the hopes of instituting a more “humane” deportation policy.

President Obama, it’s not inhumane to remove those who are illegally in the United States.  It’s actually irrational to leave hundreds of miles of the Southern border fenceless and without sufficiently funded and equipped law enforcement personnel.  One can only hope that the review the Department of Homeland Security undertakes at the president’s request will uncover what is already in the law, such as for instance, voluntary departure (INA §240B).  Voluntary departure is a provision in federal law that allows illegal aliens 60 to 90 days to take care of their affairs and arrange their own dignified departures together with their family members. That’s very humane, Mr. President.

The damage done by the U.S. president pledging support for amnesty legislation in Mexico City five years ago can be seen today. Failure to adequately defend U.S. interests on immigration policy has negative implications internationally.  If our own president does not respect U.S. law, how can we expect the Mexican president to?

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  1. avatar

    Maybe the Mexican government wants their people to come here, but we don’t want them. They are taking jobs
    away from Americans. The economy is so bad that we need to put Americans to work. The companies just want them here because they can pay them less. Shame on them.

  2. avatar

    Ditto Leland’s comments, Plus —
    the mainstream media needs to report how much money is sent out of the country (by legal and illegal methods),and the open contempt for the US that many illegal immigrants have, no matter what country they come from.
    The opposition to amnesty grew when the rallies to “demand” amnesty and stop deportations were publicized, and legal US citizens were insulted that illegal immigrants would dare demand anything.
    If more people were aware of the other negative aspects, there would be many more people against any form of amnesty for illegal aliens.
    As for Mexico, they’re definitely playing us. I wouldn’t be surprised if the current president of Mexico is a MEChA/Brown Beret/La Raza supporter who agrees that amnesty is the first step to reclaiming the land as Chicano.

  3. avatar

    The Mexicans play us for fools, with the active help of many of our politicians. And leading the parade is the man in the White House. They encourage their poorest most undereducated citizens to come here, where our taxpayers pick up the costs of supporting their families. Those illegals then proceed to send back money to their relatives in Mexico, money which is lost to our local economies, but adds substantially to the Mexican economy.