During the past few months, a new policy has been put in place to extend legal status and military benefits to thousands of illegal immigrants who are the parents, spouses, and children of U.S. military members.
The policy does not include the siblings of those serving in the military, who are described as “active-duty, reservists, and veterans.”
Those in support of this policy, which has not been voted on by Congress, say it is one that is overdue. Their thought is that its implementation will now give those who are serving a “peace of mind” from worrying if their loved ones will be deported.
Those opposed to the policy, that no one seems to be talking about in the mainstream media, believe the new change is a form of “back door amnesty.”
There is some support to this belief as the policy was pushed through as a memorandum and not approved by Congress. It was not published by the Federal Register, which would allow a public comment period before the rule would have been implemented.
Since the memo is reportedly based on existing statutes, no congressional action is required.
“It’s clearly within the president’s authority to enforce the law and choose which immigrants he thinks are the priority,” said Brent Wilkes of the League of United Latin American Citizens in a Fox News interview. “These folks aren’t threats. They’ve got a relative that’s serving our nation.”
I personally believe this policy does give the appearance of amnesty.
My biggest problem with it is our government is one stroke of a brush from allowing millions of illegal residents to quickly become legal.
There is no way possible for the government to look into each case to see who might have a criminal history.
While I’m thankful for the service of those serving with family members technically “illegal” in our country, I’m supporting the service member who I know has the clean record.
Our government is likely, through this policy, granting legal status to some people who have had run-in’s with the law while illegally living in our country. This is the first step to eventually getting amnesty for all illegal immigrants.
So what should I believe? Should I think the government is really looking out for those who are serving by taking one less worry from their mind?
I wish that were the case. At the end of the day, this move is all about votes.
The New York Times reported in September that there are currently 11.7 million immigrants living in the United State illegally. Considering President Obama beat Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election by a little more than 5 million votes, any move on the illegal immigrant front could put one party ahead of another for a long time.