In what reads like a list of surrender terms, the 30-member National Hispanic Leadership in late August issued their demands challenging the American people’s right to enforce their own immigration laws created to protect American jobs and determine who and how many people we should allow into the country.
Note that nowhere in this list is any concern for the nation’s 20 million unemployed/unemployed citizens, including Hispanics-Americans, who find themselves having to compete in a dismal job market already populated by 7 million illegals being permitted to keep their non-farming jobs, a situation made worse by President Obama’s recent unilateral amnesty for another 1.7 million illegal aliens.
Here is what the rest of America is supposed to accept as “immigration reform”:
- Enact comprehensive immigration reform that offers undocumented immigrants an earned path to legalization and citizenship, unites families, and allows workers to enter with the rights and protections that safeguard our workforce.
- Curtail the state and local enforcement of immigration laws, which inevitably lead to racial profiling and unnecessarily strained relations between police and local Latino communities.
- Enact the DREAM Act, in part, to give undocumented students a path to earned legalization and then citizenship, and in the interim, maintain a fair and orderly path to administrative relief (from removal) for DREAM Act-eligible individuals.
- Revisit per-country caps unfairly slowing down the orderly adjustment of Latino immigrants.
- Continue to reduce the average processing time for green card applicants and green card holders applying for naturalization.
- Recognize the important benefit that naturalization confers on our nation and the related critical significance of maintaining naturalization fees at an affordable level.
- Demilitarize the southwest border by replacing National Guard troops with civilian law enforcement officers and halting construction of walls and fences along the border.
- Invest in cost-effective alternatives to detention for those who do not pose a risk to public safety or are a flight risk.
These demands are in direct conflict with the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform chaired by the late Barbara Jordan and beg the question:
If Hispanic-American leaders are not concerned about protecting jobs for legal workers, depressed wages brought on by unsustainable immigration levels, and the right of a sovereign people to maintain a credible immigration policy, then what exactly is their agenda?