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Opening Arguments

Power grab

I don't want to get into a whole tu quoque foofaraw over immigration -- you know: Obama is defying the Constitution by going around Congress. Well, so did Reagan. But Obama is being hypocritica about itl. Well, Bush, too. Blah, blah, blah.

But executive power really is out of control. A president is supposed to carry out the lawful orders of Congress -- executive following the legislative branch. Period. Who was the last president who strictly followed that? Calvin Coolidge? Yound don't have to be a constitutional scholar or a political junkie to realize how dangerous it is to have so much power concentrated in one person. And presidents increasingly resort to executive order because they can, because Congress lets them get away with it.

To be fair about it, Congress and the courts have been verturing into constitutionally forbidden areas for years now, too.  The whole federal government is pretty much out of control. I don't know what the solution is, unless its to support some of the efforts now under way to re-exert state control, like the movement to get an Article V convention called.

As for immigration, consider this:


. . .  illegal migration is not the problem.

It is an exacerbation of the problem.

What does this mean? Aren’t the only problems posed by migration ones unique to the illegal variety, such as an uncontrolled entry into our country that can allow diseases, terrorists and WMDs to cross our borders?   

The real problem -- the only one that really matters over the long term -- is that we are importing socialist-oriented voters with mindsets contrary to Western ideals. This is because of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (INA65), which created a situation wherein 85 percent of our new immigrants hail from the Third World and Asia. Moreover, the legislation has led to an increase in overall immigration from a historic average of 250,000 a year to approximately 1,000,000.

If you’re Obama and his fellow travelers and believe in “fundamentally” changing America, you love this because, upon being naturalized, approximately 80 percent of these newcomers will vote for you.

The writer is against all immigration, legal and illegal both, which is somewhere I wouldn't go. But his point that we need to rethink the whole issue is a valid one.