Federal enforcement, not Immigration Reform, is Needed
While the gang of eight ponders immigration reform, what the American people need to understand is that statutory improvements are not is what is needed to correct the illegal immigration problem. What is needed is Federal enforcement of laws, whether current or future laws.
Illegal immigration is not caused by the illegal actions of millions of individuals who decided to overstay visas or cross the southern U.S. border: it is a nationwide scheme of political corruption. This scheme can only be stopped if it is exposed and if the politicians who have created it and are perpetuating it have to answer for their actions.
Illegal immigrants are already violating Federal immigration law. Writing new laws will no more stop them than passing a new background check law will stop criminals from using guns. They do not care to follow any laws, let alone painstakingly follow any new ones. Criminals are already banned from owning guns, adding another penalty is meaningless.
The situation with illegal immigration is not just analogous, it is far worse. Illegal immigration was initiated by politicians and they will fight to the bitter end any effort to change it. As I have written here before, the protection of illegal immigration takes place at the highest levels: President Obama used the Justice Dept. to stop the implementation of Arizona's SB 1070 when it was passed. Members of the Democratic Party at all levels, who have exclusive responsibility for creating illegal immigration, are participating in this vast criminal conspiracy.
As I have cited here previously, Mayor Harold Washington issued the first de jure sanctuary policy in Chicago in 1985. Now over 100 cities are de facto sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. Additionally, the 1996 Immigration Act gave home rule powers to states with regard to the distribution of Federal entitlement programs. And to make matters worse, the Federal government has passed laws targeted to assist illegal immigrants. The McKinney-Vento Act, which enables homeless persons to obtain Federal benefits, specifically states the "migrants" and migrant children are, for the sake of the statute, ipso facto homeless persons. So they automatically receive over a dozen Federal benefits.
This action begs the question of equal protection under the law: one ethnic group cannot be singled out to receive benefits over others; yet this basic idea is behind all of the Federal programs that enable members of minorities to receive special treatment.
While some aspects of a new immigration law would be very helpful, such as a rigid e-verify system, unfortunately the states already scoff at Federal immigration requirements. When the e-verify process was first passed by Congress, the state of Illinois actually had the chutzpah to pass a law stating that it will protect the privacy of employees in the workplace and ban employers in Illinois from participating in the program until the Federal government can assure the state that it can achieve ninety-nine percent accuracy within 3 days. (IL Public Act 95-0138). This, coming from Illinois, is startling: Illinois allows, by state law, the "matricula consular" card to function as a valid official Illinois state I.D. and the matricula consular card is so fraudulent that two-thirds of the states of Mexico will not accept it as a form of identification.
It is this flagrant violation of Federal law by mayors and state legislatures that must be stopped. And it can be stopped: when President Eisenhower mandated school segregation in the 1954 and Arkansas refused to cooperate, the President ordered troops in to enforce the law. Similar actions can be taken against cities and states: if Chicago continues to allow illegal immigrants to use the matricula consular, the Federal government can withdraw hundreds of billions in Federal aid, a technique it has used in the past to enforce laws against discrimination. Only the state department and Department of Homeland Security can decide what form of I.D. is valid. Yet, Illinois and the Cook County Board of Commissioners have already usurped Federal power with regard to Homeland Security and immigration issues and nothing has been done.
The Federal government could have cited Mayor Daley II for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice when he publicly stated on local news that if Congress made it a felony to be an illegal immigrant by passing HR4437 he will "order his police to not enforce it." Mayor Daley II, like Mayor Emanuel now, has no legal authority to decide what Federal law he will and will not enforce. Such laws must be enforced, like desegregation laws, by the Federal government. Mayors in big cities and the Illinois state legislature are committing Federal crimes every day, yet the newspapers avoid discussion of this and the Federal government does nothing.
A future Republican president will have to take action against mayors and states that violate Federal law and promote illegal immigration, since President Obama has already proved that with regard to illegal immigration, his position is bought and paid for. He owes his second term to the Hispanic vote and support of public sector unions, a vote that he knows is based on illegal actions taken in his home city of Chicago and in other Democratic strongholds.
Additionally, the public sector unions give their campaign money and support to the Democratic Party. Democrats have already shamefully created segregated communities for Hispanics as they did for African-Americans. And to keep their political power they ensure that Mexicans have very high high-school dropout rates and single motherhood. This cycle of poverty and hopelessness keeps them in power and elected Barack Obama.
Democrats not only created illegal immigration, but everything that is most important to them, the creation and control of Federal entitlement programs and the election of Representatives to Congress, depends on their exploitation of this growing minority group. Democrats see true immigration reform as an existential threat to their Party's control of cities and Congress. The battle for the future of the U.S. and the strength of its economy depends upon a strong Federal response. Even if a very strong immigration reform law is passed, it is doubtful that it will be treated any differently than the existing 1996 Immigration law, which already makes illegal immigration a Federal crime.
Since illegal immigration is not caused by the immigrants themselves but by Democratic politicians at the city and state level, only the Federal government has the power to force these corrupt politicians to stop their exploitation of illegal immigrants, just as the Federal government did with desegregation.