Last week, the Senate debated a bill that would have ended sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are those cities that instruct their police force not to find out the legal status of suspects and criminals. In other words, if the cops arrest someone, and they are illegal, that person is not reported to immigration authorities, and after the case is resolved the criminal illegal alien is free to roam our streets. The link provides several instances of tragedy as a result of criminal illegal aliens. Now, that vote failed 52-42. Two of the Senators that didn't vote at all were Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Today, there was a vote on the Dream Act. This is a bill that would legalize the children of illegal aliens, who of course are illegal themselves. Of course, this bill allows for many legislators to play to people's compassionate side. No doubt many Senators see the children of illegal aliens as helpless victims who did nothing wrong themselves. This is all true, however problems don't get solved by merely finding a victim that is easy to empathize with. They get solved by reasoned and logical solutions. You cannot reward illegal behavior with a free pass and expect to lessen that behavior. That is what this bill did. While the two Senators couldn't be bothered to show up for the previous Amendment to end sanctuary cities, they did vote on this one and they both voted to pass it. Fortunately, it didn't have the votes.
There are two other votes that are important in understanding where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama really stand vis a vis illegal immigration. These votes came during the contentious immigration debate this past summer. The first one would have permanently barred criminals, gang members, and terrorists from entering our country. That means members of MS 13 and others would no longer be allowed into the country. It seems unbelievable that anyone would vote against this however both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did.
The second one would have simply committed our legislature to enforcing the laws already on the books. It is hard to imagine that anyone that who's job it is to make laws would vote against enforcing already existing laws, however both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted against this amendment.
Here are some things that Hillary Clinton said vis a vis illegal immigrants.
Speaking at a rally of Irish immigrants, Clinton criticized a bill the
House passed in December that would impose harsher penalties for undocumented workers."Don't turn your backs on what made this country great," she said, calling the measure "a rebuke to what America stands for."
It's clear that Clinton equates those that came here illegally with the millions of immigrants that followed the laws to get here. We have a phrase for that type of a view, open borders.
Obama is even more radical in his statements. Here is what he said to La Raza, the separatist, open borders group.
And I will never walk away from the 12 million undocumented immigrants who live, work, and contribute to our country every single day.These two Senators, and Presidential candidates, have no intention of addressing illegal immigration. In fact, by word and deed, they fall in line with their puppet master, George Soros, on this issue. It is clear that vision that these two Senators have for America's border is one where the border is wide open.
There are few better examples of how broken, bitter, and divisive our
politics has become than the immigration debate that played out in Washington a few weeks ago.So many of us - Democrats and Republicans - were willing to compromise in order to pass comprehensive reform that would secure our borders while giving the undocumented a chance to earn their citizenship.
We knew that the American people believe that we are a nation of laws - that we have a right and duty to protect our borders. And we should also crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers so that we can protect jobs and wages.
But the American people also know that we are a nation of immigrants - a nation that has always been willing to give weary travelers from around the world the chance to come here and reach for the dream that so many of us have reached for. That's the America that answered my father's letters and his prayers and brought him here from Kenya so long ago. That's the America we believe in.