By Mark Wachtler
November 30, 2014. Los Angeles. (ONN) Ten days ago, President Obama announced to the American people that he will once again bypass Congress and exercise his dictatorial powers to grant virtual amnesty to an additional 5 million illegal immigrants. And thanks to his Affordable Care Act Executive Orders, US businesses will have a $3,000 taxpayer-funded incentive for each illegal immigrant they hire instead of an American citizen. Surprisingly, America’s political opposition is divided on the issue. Here’s where they stand.
US opposition Parties react to President Obama’s illegal immigration announcement last week. Image courtesy of LibertyCrier.com.
For those who missed it, a transcript of President Obama’s November 20th speech regarding his plan to use Executive action on illegal immigration is available compliments of the Washington Post. Surprisingly, much of the establishment was quick to criticize the announcement with CBS remarking that Mr. Obama used the words ‘I’, ‘my’ or ‘me’ 91 times in his short speech. Fox News joined the chorus by confirming that the laws of Obamacare, combined with the President’s new immigration Executive Order, literally gives US businesses a $3,000 discount on their taxes for each illegal immigrant they hire instead of an American citizen.
For America’s opposition political Parties however, their respective responses tended to reflect their positions on the overall immigration crisis or Obama’s use of dictatorial powers rather than the detailed specifics of the President’s latest order. We couldn’t find an official response from the medium-sized opposition Parties like the Veterans Party, Working Families Party, Peace & Freedom, Justice Party or the socialists at SEP or SPUSA. But the larger Parties each had something to say about the President’s latest immigration edict.
The Libertarian Party didn’t release an official response to the President’s announcement last week. But Party leaders pointed people to the LP’s official position on immigration, which not only supports President Obama’s position, it suggests he’s not going far enough. Granted, the Libertarian Party would most likely demand the US President act in accordance with the US Constitution. But as far as the goals and results of the new immigration order, the LP seemingly supports President Obama’s policy.
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‘The fundamental choice before us is whether we redouble our efforts to enforce existing immigration law, whatever the cost, or whether we change the law to match the reality of a dynamic society and labor market,’ the Libertarian Party policy reads, ‘Our system offers no legal channel for anywhere near a sufficient number of peaceful, hardworking immigrants to legally enter the United States even temporarily to fill this growing gap. The predictable result is illegal immigration.’
Basically, the Libertarian Party has traditionally supported a completely open US border. Their policy is that as long as there are foreigners who want to come live and work in America, the country should make it legal for them to do so. The benefit, they say, is massive competition for the grossly inadequate supply of US jobs, causing pay rates to collapse and the thriving financial success of US corporations in the process. The Party’s stance against any Minimum Wage laws at all goes hand in hand with their immigration policy.
The Party’s argument concludes, ‘When large numbers of otherwise decent people routinely violate a law, the law itself is probably the problem. To argue that illegal immigration is bad merely because it is illegal avoids the threshold question of whether we should prohibit this kind of immigration in the first place.’
One day after President Obama gave his immigration speech last week, the Green Party re-released its position on the issue. Compliments of our friends at Green Party Watch, the official Party statement read, ‘Green Party candidates and activists expressed alarm at President Obama’s dismissal of immigrants’ rights and apparent capitulation to the rhetoric of xenophobic Republican extremists. Greens called for humane policies that recognize the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants and support an executive order to grant the latter protected legal status, amnesty, and an offer of citizenship.’
The statement goes on to quote the Green Party Platform explaining, ‘The undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States, and their families, should be granted a legal status which includes the chance to become US citizens. Persons should be excluded from this process only if they present a clear and present danger to other members of our society. The level of fees required for this process should not be a burden on low-income workers.’
The Green Party position also passionately insists that immigrants fleeing political, religious or racial persecution should be given immediate consideration in their official request for protective asylum.
Party for Socialism and Liberation
The Party for Socialism and Liberation not only supports an end to deportations of illegal immigrants, it also applauds President Obama’s choice to bypass Congress and use his arbitrary authority to do so. Two days after the President’s announcement, PSL released a statement.
Speaking of its strong solidarity with illegal immigrants, the PSL announcement read, ‘Led by undocumented youth, this fighting movement has for years demanded an end to deportations. It challenged President Obama’s claim that he could do nothing without legislative action, that the deportation machine was out of his control. In the first six years of his presidency, a record-setting two million people were deported with this justification. It was an historic crime against the immigrant community, managed by the Democratic Party, which is now proven to have been completely preventable.’
The statement goes on to say, ‘Through the power of organizing and struggle, potentially millions of families will be spared separation and the devastation of deportation. Millions who for decades have not been able to travel and see their loved ones back home, who have missed their families’ funerals and weddings, births and birthdays, may be able to reunite.’
PSL warns that while the Party supports the President’s action, they believe it is a blatant Democratic Party attempt to divide and conquer America’s immigrant community. ‘This program is meant to appease and ultimately pacify a movement for progressive change,’ the statement reads, ‘It is meant to put demands to rest for a moratorium on deportations and detention. By reinforcing and creating legal categories that divide immigrants - eligible vs. ineligible, “criminal” vs. “hard-working,” young vs. old, recent vs. long-time, parents vs. childless - it aims to weaken the movement that has become strong based on its unity and the powerful slogan “Not One More Deportation!”’
While the Constitution Party has recently supported a more tolerant and relaxed national immigration policy, it none the less demands that the system follow the rule of law. Leading the charge against President Obama’s announced immigration action is the Constitution Party. In a statement released two days after Mr. Obama’s televised speech last week, Party leaders equated his actions with a government ‘coup’.
‘The American system of law and government that generations of Americans have fought to preserve has never been intended for power to be embodied in a single person but rather in a system governed by the Constitution,’ the Constitution Party announcement said, ‘The President then has no legislative authority, none! Congress, under Article 1, section 8, paragraph 4, has the authority to establish uniform rules of naturalization and it has done so. The point is that Congress has enacted immigration laws (contrary to what the President asserts) through which naturalization is a path to citizenship for those legally in this country. It is against this system that a coup has been accomplished.’
The Constitution Party describes Obama as a King and calls on Congress to own up to its responsibility and reign in the dictatorial President. ‘President Obama has now gone forward with his lawless, unconstitutional act of defiance against the American people,’ the Party’s statement read, ‘He was right when he said that his policies were on the ballot in the mid terms and the American people voted their strong rebuke. He apparently thinks he is a monarch - a monarch does not have to compromise - he gets everything he wants. But our Constitution requires compromise to get new laws through the House, the Senate, and the President. When the President purports to take on the characteristics of a monarch, it is incumbent on Congress to act and prevent subversion of the Rule of Law. The President has usurped the legislative power of Congress, and Congress should act immediately to take it back.’
American Freedom Party
Three days after President Obama’s immigration announcement, American Freedom Party leaders re-published an editorial from Breitbart.com to illustrate the AFP’s position. As it traditionally does, the Anglo-centric Party approached the President’s action from the viewpoint of white America.
‘President Obama’s decision to ignore the law by granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants brought to America as children and those who are parents of children with legal status was a terribly foolish act,’ the AFP quotes Breitbart.com, ‘It will only serve to exacerbate racial tensions. Polls indicate the overwhelming majority of whites view illegal immigration as threatening. Many see immigrants as taking jobs from native-born Americans, pushing down wages and contributing to cultural decline.’
The Party also reiterated its position that, ‘Illegal immigration increases the supply of low-skilled workers, and that drives down wages for less educated whites and African-Americans.’ They go on to say, ‘The president’s recent actions will increase the pools of Hispanic and Asian college immigrants and applicants and further exacerbate intergenerational downward economic mobility among whites.’
The AFP goes on to quote the President himself admitting that he doesn’t have the Constitutional power to do what he is now doing. ‘Last fall, when asked if he had the authority to end the deportation of illegal aliens, Obama responded, “Actually, I don’t,” and he explained that he could not appease immigrant advocates by violating the law.’
What will the result of President Obama’s unilateral action on illegal immigration be? According to the AFP, increased racial divisions and animosity. ‘Whites face a government that is explicitly working against their interests, the economic prospects of their children, and democratic processes they have spent more than 200 years defending,’ the Party re-published, ‘If that is not a recipe for racial animus, I don’t know what is.’
Read the full transcript of President Obama’s November 20th immigration speech at WashingtonPost.com.
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