Con: Obama’s Immigration Plan
President Barack Obama recently passed an executive order concerning a new immigration policy. allows amnesty, no deportation, only for those who can prove they’ve lived here for five years. it does not grant citizenship, but gives benefits that affect our economy. The policy protects them from deportation unless they pose a threat to our country. The order sounds wonderful, right? Wrong. And here’s why:
First of all, Obama made this order against the suggestions of fellow politicians and overruled the congress. Conservatives, liberals and democrats alike, all doubt the rationality of this executive order. Michael McCaul, a Republican representative for Texas, provides a valid argument against the new immigration policy.
“The president’s decision to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants is unconstitutional and a threat to our democracy,” McCaul said.
Secondly, granting illegal immigrants citizenship also gives them the opportunity to compete for more jobs, which makes it challenging for Americans to remain employed and financially stable due to the competition created by a new workforce.
For those of you who plan on attending college, there are programs being created to benefit children of immigrant families. William Perez, on the UC Board, works with immigrant students and helping them get into college.
“These are among the brightest students in the country, the UC system has that reputation, and this particular group of students has a challenge that is unique to their circumstances,” Perez said.
Another reason the order is unfair is because it’s almost like people are being rewarded for being illegal immigrants. They illegally live here, utilize the hard-earned tax dollars of American citizens, and now get to reap benefits for not being citizens? That sounds unconstitutional.
America’s history is made up of pioneers who came to America, registered as citizens, and began their lives in search of the American Dream. They did not live off of tax dollars and benefits from a country they illegally lived in. Every immigrant deserves the same treatment; which means that all people should be under threat of deportation for breaking the law. period Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the American dream and appreciate the cultural diversity that defines America today, but there are some changes that challenge the democracy that America was initially founded upon in 1776.