April 7, 2016

Illegal immigrants Draining the Welfare System?

There may be doubt that large numbers of undocumented immigrants could draw upon America's generous social safety net of government programs before President Obama's executive action regarding parents of childhood illegal aliens, but there's no doubt about it afterward. Investors' Ed page:

The Senators' brief [to SCOTUS] as quoted by CNSNews blogger Terence P. Jeffrey, goes on: "With millions of illegal aliens not permitted to remain in this country, work in this country, or receive government benefits pursuant to federal law, the Executive decided to provide such privileges to them anyway through administrative fiat,"

They hit the bull's-eye.

Their brief was filed as Texas (along with a number of other states) challenges President Obama's executive order granting "lawful status" to the parents of illegal aliens, many of whom have been granted their own reprieves from deportation via the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals or who serve as "anchor babies" to discourage federal officials from deporting their parents. It wasn't enough to grant lawful status to illegals -- the president wanted to grant it to everyone.

What that wholesale reprieve amounts to is the president, not Congress, giving illegals "lawful presence," entitling them to welfare, food stamps, earned income tax credits, Social Security and housing. By coincidence, that's exactly the kind of dependency that stimulates Democrats and draws illegals into becoming faithful constituencies.

Immigration Obama Administration Posted by JohnGalt at April 7, 2016 2:39 PM

Two Cheers.

It's a clear-eyed view of the power grab the president has been engaging in. What's heartening here is that these Senators are no longer rolling over as the President runs roughshod over their legitimate powers. If the republic is to be served as the Founding Fathers intended, it's just this sort of defense that enables the entire edifice of American democracy to stand tall.

Yeah! Atta boy!

Sadly, the same crew let the President expand the executive on cronyist green power, EPA assaults on property rights, capriciously rewriting the ACA -- need I go on?

So it is good that they fight but I think the picked the wrong hill to defend. And more importantly picked it for the wrong reason: placating the Tancredoism that has overtaken the GOP is now way more important than property rights or prosperity.

Nah, on second thought -- make that 1.5 cheers.

Posted by: jk at April 8, 2016 10:42 AM

What I find most admirable is that they are fighting the systemic effort to attract and support the wrong kind of illegal immigrant - the dependent class folks who enlarge the Democrat base.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2016 12:24 PM | What do you think? [2]