November 22, 2014
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American Live Wire
Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is Obama’s immigration plan wrong?” you ask? Good question. Timely too. (Besides, it sure beats answering the question: “Why do people not need to speak English to get a driver’s license in the US when our signs are in English?”)
If you were too busy watching The Big Bang Theory this past Thursday and missed President Obama’s announcement—good for you! Disrespectful (albeit comedic) Curious George comparisons aside, Kaley Cuoco is more enjoyable to watch, mmmkay?
But seriously, yours truly is no political pundit. Still, you don’t have to be an expert to know the president’s announced immigration plan could reportedly affect an estimated 5.2 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
Gabrielle Karol of Fox Business elaborated saying that illegal immigrants “who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents could receive temporary relief from deportation as well as work authorization.” She added that “expansions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could provide relief for nearly 1.5 million (illegal) immigrants. “
Karol concludes: “The president’s plan would also expand immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who have raised capital from U.S. investors, as well as provide work authorization to spouses of individuals who have received H-1B high-skilled work visas.”
Why is Obama’s immigration plan wrong? Some politically-informed people have been commenting since Obama’s speech concluded.
If the system needs repair U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue thinks this won’t help. Donohue said: “Executive actions cannot adequately fix our broken immigration system, and they raise important legal and constitutional questions.”
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein stated that “giving out five million work documents (to) people who may or may not be working, but will be seeking higher wages for their work as a result, will create labor displacement in the end.”
Stein also believes that increasing competition and the labor supply will only make it easier for every employer “to hold down wages,” thus hurting American workers. “Employers don’t have the incentive to raise wages. It’s fundamental economics here.”
People like Jo Wideman, executive director of CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) are already running campaigns to oppose the president’s EO. She urges people to contact their political representatives.
Wideman stated: “President Obama ignored Congress and the voters, announcing a massive administrative amnesty for those who have broken our immigration laws. Between 4 to 5 million illegal aliens will receive work permits, even though about 18 million American workers are unemployed, too discouraged to look for work, or involuntarily working part time. Tellingly, Obama didn’t utter a word in his speech about the work permits that will be tossed out like candy.”
She concluded: “resident Obama has no authority to override America’s immigration laws. This amnesty will just encourage more illegal immigration.”
Why is Obama’s immigration plan wrong? Now you know.
(At least you’ve seen the tip of the iceberg.)
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