I think that this is the right thing to do:
Raleigh, N.C. — State transportation officials announced Thursday that they will begin issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards March 25 to some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children but qualify under a federal program that blocks deportation and grants work permits.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program blocks deportation of and grants work permits to immigrants brought to the United States as minors without authorization. Eligible applicants include high school students, high school graduates, those with a GED and those who have served in the military and have no felony convictions or significant misdemeanors.
State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said the issue comes down to accountability and safety. The decision, he said, balances the rights of lawful citizens and those who have a newly accorded lawful status under the DACA program and wish to become citizens.
“They will be able to come in and get a driver’s license. We will know who they are,” Tata said. “They will have a license. They will have insurance, and it will make our roads safer.”
I know that it’s gonna be tricky and tough, but we simply have to begin to address the large number of folks who, for every single intent and purpose, are Americans to be able to live the life of a legal American.
We all know what just happened. Obama announced on Friday that he would no longer authorize the deportation of children in the country illegally:
(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children will be able to avoid deportation and get work permits under an order on Friday by President Barack Obama.
I immediately came out in support of the policy and think that the time has long ago passed when we need to craft a better immigration policy here in America. As I enjoyed the weekend, however, I began to look past the immediate good news of the policy and think through how we got here.
And I don’t like it at all.
The President issued an Executive Order. By it, he simply stated that he would no longer enforce the deportation of these kids. He did NOT change their status or any laws that speak to that status. He just told us what he would do, or not do, with those found in violation of those laws. I don’t think that rewrote any law or is breaking any laws in doing what he did.
However. Think this through.
When we make it easier for Presidents to change laws based on discretion of prosecution, what’s to prevent a future President from changing tax law in the same manner:
I now declare that I am instructing my administration to stop prosecuting individuals who fail to pay more than 15% of their income in taxes.
Just like that the President can effectively change tax law without the need to involve congress.
I ask you, is this what we want?