New reasonable immigration policy angers the usual bigots

Posted by John Grooms on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

It’s like Pavlov’s dogs and the dinner bell. Someone proposes an immigration policy that doesn’t treat all undocumented immigrants as criminals or dirt, and the anti-immigrant contingent, or the We Hate Meskins movement, sits up and barks.

Yesterday’s immigration policy announcement by the Obama administration — it is suspending deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety — has loosed the dogs of random racial prejudice and xenophobia, right on schedule. Conservative news outlets and blogs are up in arms over the policy change, regurgitating the usual objections and racist code words that appear whenever someone suggests that immigrants may not be subhuman, or, God forbid, deserve that a modicum of reason be applied to their individual situations. Some critics are even throwing around the term “treason” to describe the new policy.

Here’s a less heated version of what’s going on: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is directed to take action against undocumented immigrants who are convicted felons or — the all-purpose phrase used by all governments to get rid of unwanted people — threats to national security. It turns out, however, that agents from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), a part of DHS, have been picking up and deporting immigrants with no criminal records, or, at worst, arrests for things like jaywalking or not using turn signals. For more details, read this report about ICE’s overzealous arrests, prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

What the White House wants to do is to stop deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records and are considered “lower priority” because they are attending school, were brought here as children, have family in the military or have primary responsibility for other family members’ care. Those immigrants could be given work permits and allowed to stay in the U.S. The White House says it wants to see ICE focusing more on cases involving serious criminal acts.

What may seem to many a reasonable policy is widely viewed on the right as ... well, you name it: a socialist power grab, a usurpation of Congress’ authority, a sell-out of American workers (who really, really want that roofing, leaf-blowing or Slurpee-machine-operating job), and, of course, the perennial favorite, a threat to (yawwwwn) national secur ... Zzzzzzz.

Huhh?! Where was I? Oh yeah, the immigrant bashers’ usual gripes. It’s always interesting how deep the fear and hatred of Spanish-speaking immigrants runs in some people. You would think that a new policy that focuses on serious felons, gang members and the like would be right up the
enemigos de los Inmigrantes’ alley. But no.

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Xenophobia has been with us for two hundred years and probably always will be. It is our primitive tribal instincts.

Posted by DLP on 08/19/2011 at 7:33 PM

Being here ILLEGALLY is in and of itself a criminal activity.

Go to Ellis Island and you will see that the US has (or at least had) a more than 100 year old policy of strict immigration restrictions.

Posted by Dicque Whad on 08/19/2011 at 9:12 PM

I love the "illegal is illegal" crowd. It's right up there with I'm not a bigot because I can use the bible to justify my bigotry.

Posted by Raul Xenophalus on 08/20/2011 at 12:45 PM

Do you ever drive over the speed limit Dick? Even a mile over is ILLEGAL and a CRIME.


Posted by Wes on 08/20/2011 at 1:49 PM

A society the begins to ignore it's own laws is a society that is on it's way out. What has made us the strongest nation on this Earth is the constitution and the laws resulting from that document. If you cannot abide by your own rules what hope is there for a better tomorrow? Democrats think the ends justify the means but all of us will pay a far heavier price in the long run for pathetic short term gains.

Posted by aabbccddeeffaa on 08/20/2011 at 10:12 PM

And Republicans think it's ok to let people steal millions of dollars, so long as they're already rich.

White collar crime is a much bigger problem in this nation than illegal immigration ever will be.

Then again, Republicans will never tell you this, they like their flock docile and distracted.

Posted by Wes on 08/20/2011 at 11:57 PM


How many Wall Street executives has the Obama administration prosecuted? Zero. In fact, Obama's SEC has admitted destroying evidence. Nice payoff to the Goldman jerkoffs who gave him a million dollars and who are the prime source of his 2012 fundraising already.

Posted by Dicque Whad on 08/21/2011 at 5:32 PM

All laws need to be enforced. Saying that a particular crime is smaller so it should be ignored is just silly. Listen to yourslef.

Posted by aabbccddeeffaa on 08/22/2011 at 3:30 AM


Here's the Obama administration leaning on the New York Attorney General Schneiderman to force him to take a pathetic deal that "shuts down ongoing investigations of wrongdoing" during the mortgage crisis:

“The attorney general remains concerned by any attempt at a global settlement that would shut down ongoing investigations of wrongdoing related to the mortgage crisis,” said Danny Kanner, the spokesman for Mr. Schneiderman.

Posted by Hillary's Prostate on 08/22/2011 at 9:14 AM

As usual, the conservitards completely missed the point.

Posted by Wes on 08/22/2011 at 10:23 AM
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