This morning, I double-checked to be sure the word "illegal" was still a word in the dictionary. As of this morning, it still means "criminal, felonious, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, and wrongful." However, it is quite obvious, that the longer progressive Democrats have carte' blanche to do what they want, the closer the word "illegal" gets to becoming extinct.
It is difficult to determine who it is this administration is particularly interested in protecting. Law-abiding, hardworking folks who mind their business and turn their attention to providing for their families, seem to fall by the wayside, while the administration focuses on fulfilling President Obama's commitment to "fundamentally transform" America.
As our president jets off to Martha's Vineyard on yet another posh family get-away, it's reassuring to know that in his absence, someone in Washington is watching out for us, or at least they say they are. God bless them, the Department of Homeland Security is working their fingers to the bone to keep us safe - and at the same time, they find a way to justify that ignoring the rule of law regarding the deportation of illegal aliens is for our good, rather than an opportunity to shore up the Latino vote.
To give them credit, the Obama administration was on quite an impressive roll, having deported some 800,000 illegals from 2009 to 2010. Skeptics such as I believed the only reason the administration was following the rule of law regarding illegal immigration was to secure bi-partisan support for the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. The act failed in the Democratic-controlled Senate in December 2010, in good part, because the bill was perceived nationwide as amnesty for lawbreakers.
Afterwards, it seemed the Administration appeared to continue down the straight and narrow, until, like children who play one parent against another when they don't get their way, leading Senate Democrats begged Obama to adopt the DREAM Act as national policy, despite the bill's failure in Congress. Speaking to a think tank event as late as April 2011, DHS Secretary Napolitano reinforced the administration's stance when she said, "I am not going to stand here and say that there are whole categories that we will, by executive fiat, exempt from the current immigration system - as sympathetic as we feel toward them."
Either the administration was lying, or as I have mentioned in previous columns, they are living in "Bizarro World," where everything is the opposite of normal. Whatever the case, the deportation bus came to a screeching halt August 18, 2011, when the administration announced that the DHS will now re-consider the fate of approximately 300,000 illegals currently facing pending deportation - just as long as they do not have a "criminal record."
Let me get this straight. Those who crossed our borders in a criminal, felonious, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, and wrongful way - can stay in our country because they do not have a criminal record? Bizarro.
Dry wells can teach us the worth of water, and in an election cycle when the Obama administration is scraping the bottom of the well for votes, exploiting the Latino electorate makes as much sense in the world of Chicago politics as it does in Bizarro World. Suddenly, and quite conveniently, lawbreakers were morphed into impoverished victims in need of a Democrat Party savior.
America will continue to be the "melting pot of the world," as we welcome with open arms those who cross our borders - legally. Rather than doing the right thing by considering the moral aspects of illegal immigration and its effect on American citizens, it seems Democrats are only concerned with enlarging their voting base. Applauding the administration's immigration flip-flop, Representative Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. recently said, "This is the Barack Obama I have been waiting for and that Latino and immigrant voters helped put in office."
Once again, the administration is doing what it does best by burying its true intentions under mountains of words, and burying words like "illegal" under mountains of loopholes found in the Democratic process.
Susan Stamper Brown is a nationally syndicated columnist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org