Immigration Policy In the Past:
Loosely/poorly enforced; political posturing based on a desire to spraypaint defenders of this nation as wanting to inhumanely deport women and children and babies and send them back to where they snuck into the country illegally from. Nominally open borders because we don't provide those tasked with the job of the resources to control the borders, along with conflicting policy statements based purely on domestic politics and pandering to the left as the base of one party.
New Immigration Policy by Edict of the Emperor: "The president’s plan is expected to affect up to five million of the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population, currently 11.4 million according to the Migration Policy Institute. It would create a new program of deferrals for approximately 4 million undocumented parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for at least five years. Deferrals would include authorization to work and would be granted for three years at a time."
I'm just a simple man, so I have simple questions about this new Edict from On High:
1] Will this new plan be enforced? If so, then how do unauthorized undocumented current illegals demonstrate that they "have been in the country for at least five years?" Are they just asked?
2] If they fail to register for the deferrals and pay taxes, will they be inhumanely deported, etc, or suffer any act of enforcement at all? Now that -would- be something new. From where is coming this new urge to inhumanely deport folks, etc., for violating the law?
3] If they are not paying taxes now, and also, not being inhumanely deported, etc., and under the new edict of The Emperor, will not be inhumanely deported, then ... why would they volunteer to do the same plus pay taxes? If they are idiots, we have enough already.
It is kind of silly to even ask these questions; they presuppose that this is actually some policy, and not just pure political theater. Of course it is pure political theater. Obama was spanked in the election, now he has to throw a tantrum to prove he is relevant. We are that nation today. Shabby politics, shabby politicians, leading us all to shabby nation.
(Edited by Fred Bartlett on 11/22, 1:35pm)