Amnesty morally wrong

Letter date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Letter publisher: 
News-Register, McMinnville OR
Letter author: 
Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Letter body: 

President Obama’s directive giving amnesty to illegal aliens “brought to this country as children” is a disaster for unemployed Americans.

The “children” can be up to 30 years old and will be able to get work permits. While first reports said the number qualifying would be about 800,000, the true number could be two to three million, even if there is no fraud in the process. The 800,000 figure came from estimates for the DREAM Act of 2010, which required college graduation. The present directive does not require college graduation.

Adding this number of job seekers at a time of high unemployment among young citizens of the same age group is unjust and harmful.

Immigration laws are there for a reason, and one of the main reasons is to protect the most vulnerable groups in our society: young workers, the less educated, minorities, legal immigrants.

There are billions of people around the world who would like to live in the U.S.

From 1986 through 2000, there were seven amnesties for illegal aliens, while illegal immigration constantly increased. Contrary to claims by open-borders advocates, our borders today are still not secure, illegal immigration continues at high levels, and unknown numbers of immigrants are overstaying their visas without any serious consequences. The future of our country is grim if population isn’t stabilized and immigration laws enforced.

Only Congress is authorized under the Constitution to enact immigration laws. Congress has rejected DREAM-type legislation repeatedly because citizens do not want it. President Obama’s directive disregards the needs and rights of U.S. citizens, and is wrong legally and morally.