Amnesty, as defined by Webster’s is: the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals. The synonyms for amnesty are: absolution, pardon, forgiveness, remission, and remittal. The antonyms are: penalty, punishment, retribution.
According to Webster’s definition, the actions of President Obama qualify as amnesty. In effect, he pardoned a large group of individuals who disobeyed our laws regardless of their unfortunate circumstances. Why did he do this now? And what role did Republicans play in this debacle?
The President gives amnesty…
Last week on behalf of this administration, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced immunity from deportation for illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and who are younger than 30 (and other criteria). If they have committed no additional crimes since they entered this country, they can apply for a two-year work permit that they can renew indefinitely, and they will be allowed to enjoy most of the rights and privileges this nation offers. This population is estimated at 800,000 people. I believe this is a gross underestimate.
Why did the President do this and why now? Many political observers believe this was purely a political and calculated move to keep the Latino vote leaning toward the Obama camp. In politics a campaign has supporters who are identified as a strong base or a weak base. The Latino vote is a soft base and a “liquid” population. The Latino vote went to Bush and four years later went to Obama. Since earlier this year the administration had a change of policy in favor of the gay community, the Latino vote has seriously been considering Romney. By appeasing the gay community, some believe the administration risked losing the Latino and African-American communities, who had voted to preserve traditional marriage.
…and Republicans miss their chance
Putting aside the constitutionality and the means of implementing the President’s decision, this move was bold, brilliant and purely political. The President took advantage of a political opportunity and the Republicans once again missed the chance to fix a broken system, gain the support of liquid community, and possibly win the White House and Senate. Some of the Republicans remind me of the scenario of a man looking for the ideal job that pays $30 an hour and is not willing to settle for a good job that pays $25 an hour. Because he is holding out for an ideal job, he ends up with nothing. The same scenario is applicable here.
The Republicans have been waiting for an ideal immigration reform plan and thus have achieved nothing. In my travels across the state of New Jersey in my campaign for U.S. Senate, I have spoken to many good people who want our government to implement our current laws. Everyone agrees that we need to secure our borders; we also need to remove all criminal illegal aliens. The only area of dispute is what we do with the remaining 15 million illegals. Some on the left want to give them amnesty and allow them to freely join American society. On the other side of the political spectrum, some want to deport all illegals. Somewhere between the two extremes is a solution that both sides can agree on. How long are we going to be like the fool who is looking for and will only settle for the ideal plan and end up with nothing?
How to solve the problem
As a conservative, I want to see our laws enforced for we are a nation of laws. As a problem solver, I want to see a solution to this debacle. I have authored and copyrighted a plan that deals with the 15 million illegals and their children. My plan would not only fix the mess we are in but also the people who stand to benefit from it would pay for it.
It is not amnesty, which pardons large groups of people. Conversely, it imposes a penalty and requires retribution for breaking our laws in the form of a substantial fine that can be paid over a ten-year period. The President’s plan imposes no penalty and ignores the larger group of aliens that entered this country illegally.
While I agree with the President that a humane course of action should be taken regarding children who are being victimized by their parent’s crime, I do not believe that absolution should be given without any penalty. Of course we would like to provide a way for the children of illegals to come out of the shadows but we must do it in a way that makes sense. People who break our laws can be deported, can serve time in prison, can be assigned community service, or can pay a fine. Imposing a fine for breaking our laws seems the most practical solution in this particular circumstance – and all illegal aliens should pay such a fine, with a more severe fine for those who came here as adults. To Read the Qarmout Immigration Reform Plan, please follow this link.
Unfortunately, this President has shown time and again that he will not hesitate to break our laws to suit his own agenda. But if we are to remain a Constitutional Republic, we cannot tolerate this type of blatant disregard. By granting amnesty, our President, who took and oath to uphold and protect our Constitution, is undermining this country and our Rule of Law. Should he succeed, there is a good chance he may be re-elected but the country he will be ruling over will be one of anarchy and chaos.
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