Notes From Norm: Weakening Immigration Reform
On May 14, 2014 the American Action Forum published the following paragraph:
“The Partnership for a New American Economy, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Tea Party Express released a new survey today of Tea Party-aligned Republican primary voters’ attitudes toward immigration reform. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Tea Party voters are strongly supportive of immigration reform. More specifically, 71% of voters support getting immigration reform done this year. Even more compelling, 69% of voters would support a candidate who is in favor of broad immigration reform over one who supports only border security legislation.”
Roughly a year earlier the American Action Forum released a study that showed immigration reform would reduce the national debt by nearly $3 trillion – increase the GDP by nearly a full percentage point – and increase per capita income by $1,700.
On November 4th, 2014 the American voter went to the polls and rejected the policies of President Obama and his obstructionist liberal allies in the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
The clear message and takeaway from the election was not just a rejection of the policies of an increasingly liberal Democratic Party – but a desire for Congress to get back to work – and the President to find a way to work with Congress.
On a host of issues – Keystone XL, ObamaCare, the economy, foreign affairs – the American people meant to be heard.
On perhaps the most important issue of our time – immigration reform – the President intends to reconstruct his legacy by lending a deaf ear to the American people.
ObamaCare was meant to be his legacy but its warts and blemishes have not only siphoned the political capital of this President but solidified in the minds of the American people that his promises were not meant to be trusted.
The President’s architect of ObamaCare, Jon Gruber, made it clear he and others deliberately deceived the country when they made ObamaCare the law of the land.
Now comes the issue of immigration and the President says he will no longer wait for Congress to act.
He says he has waited long enough. That the time for action is now.
Truth be told the time for action was during the President’s first-term – but he chose to embark on a one-party solution to the nation’s health care challenges.
Later, when given the opportunity to engage on the issue of immigration reform, the President was relegated to the sidelines as members of his own party questioned his commitment –and capacity – to achieve true immigration reform.
The U.S. Senate passed a bi-partisan immigration reform bill in June of 2013. It wasn’t perfect – yet it was a start.
While the U.S. House of Representatives did not act on the legislation it clearly shows the capacity for Congress to find an immigration reform compromise that could be sent to the President’s desk in 2015.
Which may be why the President really doesn’t want to wait.
This is a President incapable of following the wisdom of his fellow Democrat, President Harry Truman who said ““It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
The President insists that anything he will do on his own with respect to immigration will be countermanded when and if Congress acts down the road.
The President’s veracity in this regard is challenged by his unwillingness to accept important and fundamental changes to ObamaCare.
One suspects the President intends to implement policies on immigration that will be deep-rooted and not just controversial but divisive and destructive.
Destructive to the millions of people in our nation without legal documentation and destructive to the very concept of Rule of Law in our country.
When the President has found the laws of America to be inconvenient he has ignored them.
The message he sends to the American people is that he believes he alone is above the law.
Unfortunately for a nation with more than 11 million people here without the legal authority to be here the President’s hubris does not portend well for a long-term solution.
He will, single-handedly, take a festering wound and make it worse. He will push our nation further away from a comprehensive solution that can be sustained beyond his unilateral act.
America is witnessing the final act of a President desperate to create a legacy.
Not for his nation. Not for his party. Not even for his policies.
But, for himself.
Egging him on are those even further to the left of him who believe they have finally found their strength through his weakness.
Sadly, for a nation facing some of the most significant challenges in a generation, it will be that weakness that undermines the future for the next generation of Americans.