Congress has already passed an immigration law

Letter date: 
Monday, September 18, 2017
Letter publisher: 
Capital Press
Letter author: 
Alan Gallagher
Letter body: 
Subtitle:  DACA recipients, and their parents, have no respect for rule of law, and believe that they may pick and choose which laws to obey.
The Capital Press has advocated for total amnesty for over 12 million illegal aliens, for DACA, for DAPA, and has said, of illegal immigrants that, in their place, “we would do the same.”
These are all wrong positions, legally and morally. Systematic breaking of American law should not be rewarded. Illegal aliens and DACA recipients have broken American law by illegal entry or overstay, and violated American law every day — every day — by using false/forged/stolen documents to obtain work and benefits, by lying and using false documents on I-9 forms, by tax fraud, driving without licenses and insurance, and so on. These are not minor crimes, and are deeply corrupting to America’s Rule of Law.
American citizens are properly prosecuted and punished for such crimes. DACA recipients, and their parents, have no respect for rule of law, and believe that they may pick and choose which laws to obey. This is a deeply corrupting and immoral idea. Perhaps they learned from Mexico’s deep corruption that laws have no moral content, but are only something to be dealt with. They fled Mexico, but brought its corruption here.
Complicit in this are many Americans, who likewise are corrupted by using and defending illegal aliens, especially as workers when the employers know they are illegal. These are crimes when committed by American citizens, and are no less crimes, and moral wrongs, when committed by illegal aliens or complicit Americans. Over and over again, the Capital Press justifies law-breaking under a plea of “necessity.”
Please note that President Trump did not “end” DACA, a temporary program which would have expired on its own terms. Instead he temporarily extended it, which passing the responsibility to Congress to approve it or not. When you say that “Congress must act,” Congress has acted: we have an immigration law. It is illegal aliens and law enforcement who have broken the law and/or failed to enforce the law, and who “must act.” Many readers of the Capital Press know illegal aliens, and know precisely of what I write: every day they break the law, and they teach their children by example to break the law.
The 1986 Amnesty was attended by huge amounts of fraud, and extended by outrageous courts for decades for those who were never intended to be eligible. DACA already is attended by huge amounts of fraud, by lack of vetting and interviews, and by approval of those recommended for denial. We are told to be sympathetic to “children” who have “no connection with their home country,” yet over 50,000 promptly visited their home countries with Advance Parole, and then obtained Green Cards based on these visits.
I know many Mexican families here, who retain deep family ties with Mexico. In decades of working with legal and illegal Mexican families, I know of scarcely any who lack deep ties to Mexico, and those who can go there regularly to visit. The “no connection” idea is a myth or lie.
Moreover, DACA children in the U.S. have had the benefit of a free education, some through college, and free health care (not available in Mexico) and years of welfare benefits, which would give them significant advantages if they returned to Mexico, which needs such educated people. Many have abused the U.S. tax system, claiming unqualified dependents, illegally claiming Earned Income Credits, using false/stolen Social Security numbers, and so one. We watch DACA recipients easily leave home to go to college, but then are told they cannot go to Mexico, the major destination of American tourists and where thousands of Americans live. Mexico is an advanced country, No. 12 in the world in GDP. In spite of its very real problems (Have you all visited Chicago or Baltimore recently?), it is an incredibly rich and beautiful country, which needs educated citizens for its culture and economy. We would not be sending DACA recipients or illegal aliens to Hell, but to a great country, which needs and wants them (in spite of the potential loss of billions of dollars in remittances, $120 billion in total, $23 billion to Mexico).
Mexico exports its problems to the U.S., and receives $23 billion in remittances annually, while U.S. employers gain cheap employees. The economic advantages to some are clear, but it is morally wrong.