President Barack Obama’s amnesty scheme reportedly won’t grant U.S. citizenship to lawbreakers yet, but it might as well. Anyone who believes this plan won’t phase into total amnesty is naïve or delusional.
Illegal aliens who’ve been here for at least five years get to stay temporarily and obtain work permits if they have no criminal background other than illegally entering and remaining in an ostensibly sovereign nation. They also must pass a national security background check, pay taxes owed, and pay a fee, among other requirements.
The most obvious question is, why would someone here illegally go to the trouble of all this paperwork, with no guarantee they’ll get to stay or be allowed to return? Since they know the federal government is reluctant to enforce immigration laws, wouldn’t they reason that it’s better to stay “in the shadows”?
Columnist and News One Now host Roland Martin spoke with Rep. G. K. Butterfield, the next chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), about this executive action. Specifically, he asked how amnesty would impact black employment. Rather than answering the question, however, the politician spoke in Democratic talking points.
The CBC couldn’t care less about how this law affects low-income black Americans. Martin tried to get Butterfield to address this specific issue. He would not.
A final note: Butterfield said something most liberals say: our current immigration system is broken. That is false. The laws aren’t broken. The problem is the federal government hasn’t consistently enforced the law. That is what’s broken.