Ahead of President Obama’s speech on immigration, I thought I’d do a quick posting about it…
There is no compelling argument for any immigration restrictions, as far as I can tell. Full amnesty should be granted to every “illegal” in the United States, which is an absurd classification, anyhow. And all immigration restrictions, barriers to entry into the United States and otherwise, should be done away with. It’s the right thing to do morally, socially, and economically. Fully open the borders.
To that, then, I’ve gone back and forth on the use of executive power to do it. I worry about the overreach of the executive, but at the same time, immigration laws are immoral and ought to be done away with. Therefore, it follows that Obama shouldn’t have to enforce unjust laws. And it would seem his actions are in, any event, legal.
Going through with this, Obama will, I suppose, be making amends for his record deportation numbers.
As for the Republicans, I take their concerns over the “shredding of the Constitution” with a grain of salt, as their record doesn’t indicate any concern for the Constitution on other issues. Moreover, much of their base is riled up by xenophobia, economic ignorance and an outright lack of empathy. They’re on the wrong side of this issue.
The New York Times and others say this action would help some 40% of the “illegals” in the United States. Let’s get to 100%.