A New Plan, A New Way Of Thinking
With illegal immigration surging and estimates now well over 20 million illegal aliens in this country, the President on Thursday unveiled a new immigration policy in the Rose Garden. The new policy focuses on a merit based system that the President has been calling for since 2016. This breaks with long standing traditions of "family" based systems and chain migration. No matter what political side of the isle you are on, doesn't just make sense to bring in the best and brightest from around the world to help the country? We certainly seem to have our fill of the current alternative.
The plan, which was co-authored by top aides Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, would increase the proportion of visas granted to highly-skilled immigrants and also establish a self-sustaining border security fund.
But, Trumps plan is likely more of a campaign proposal, than anything we can except to be passed by this "resistance" House in the Congress who are more focused on trying to tear Trump down on a daily basis than actually achieving anything for the American people. Nancy Pelosi has already responded to the Trump proposal saying that "merit" is a "condescending" word that means "merit in the eyes of Donald Trump." So, once again they are not onboard the immigration reform train, so to speak. The truth is that Democrats like things just the way that they are and have fought Trump on every effort to curb illegal immigration.
The estimated cost of illegal immigration is also surging. The estimates are now over $84 Billion and climbing as new migrant hoards board trains and buses to head for the U.S. Southern border. These hoards are responding to radio and television ads being run in their home countries by drug cartels. These people pay the cartels to be a part of the caravan which puts money directly in the hands of the drug kingpins in Latin America.
Using The "Insurrection Act" To Remove Illegal Aliens From The Country
According to sources speaking with the Daily Caller, multiple senior administration officials said that the President intends to invoke the "tremendous powers" of the Insurrection Act of 1807. The President is no stranger to invoking every possible power he can in the face of Democrat obstructionism in order to secure the country. Multiple Executive Orders have been made regarding immigration that have been followed immediately by multiple lawsuits by obstructionists seeking to keep immigration just how it is.
“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.
The Act gives the President the authority to use the National Guard and the military to combat "unlawful obstruction or rebellion". The President has been making the case for many months that this is an invasion. It's out of control. The problem is so bad that it has surged well beyond civilian authorities ability to handle the issue.
The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south. This, like every other Executive Order Trump has issues on immigration issues, will surely find its way into the courts very quickly, though Trump has taken some punches from lower courts like the infamous 9th Circuit Court in California, he has had some big wins in the Supreme Court on the issue.
Shutting Down All Immigration
Rumors have been flying around D.C. For weeks about Trump potentially shutting down ALL immigration in an effort to deal with the crisis on our Southern border. It would be a tremendous step with significant ramifications. Though he is certainly granted that authority under U.S. law, it would no doubt see a court challenge before the ink is dry on the EO.
“If you take a ship and it holds 1,000 people maximum — one more person and the ship is going to collapse,” the official explained. “The country is full.”
“Our hospitals are full, our detention centers are full,” they added.
ICE facilities were forced to release 100,000 illegal immigrants in the first three months of 2019 because of overcrowding in detention centers.
Is it Lawful and Constitutional?
Both plans, to use the Insurrection Act and shutting down ALL immigration is lawful for the President to do under U.S. law. Constitutionally, probably not. But, frankly many powers of the President today are not... not according to Constitutional purist. The Congress have given away their powers to the President for decades. So, many of these issues should be dealt with in Congress. By given away their powers (unconstitutionally) to the President on these matters, they really remove themselves from having a voice on the issue.
It is all so troubling that we have a Congress that refuses to protect the American people. This is a REAL crisis on the Border. Releasing hundreds of thousands of undocumented illegals into our streets every few months is a major problem. They are bringing poverty, crime, and sicknesses with them as well. But, there are also much worse criminal activities uses these same methods to gain entry. People from all over the world are now coming through that border, and you know terrorists members must be using these routes as well. Simple common sense dictates that.
So, we can focus on the purist "Constitutionalism" of the issue or we can try to save the country from an invasion of illegal hoards. I am all for allowing the President to declare a National Emergency in order to deal with this crisis, though I do think we should continue to talk about the Constitutionality of such things moving forward. We also need to ensure that the safety and needs of our people are put first.
As we have these discussions consider this...
The real dilemma in my mind, is that if we fight against the President, on Constitutional grounds, for using legal authority granted to him under U.S. Law to protect the Republic, the people, and the Constitution, then we may find ourselves without a Republic or a Constitution left to defend.
The President is certainly not setting any new precedents, though it's certainly building on them. We can theorize about true Constitutional policy and powers, but there is also a reality that we must face in today's society. I am most certainly a Constitutionalist and long for the days where we can once again achieve the standards described and implemented by our founding fathers. But this dilemma of "reality" may be the very thing that destroys us. To allow one President to use these usurped powers to run roughshod over the American people, then fight and restrict the next President from using them who is trying to steer the ship back in the proper direction, may be our own undoing.
It is simple to say that "principle is principal" because that requires little thought and even less actual real-life implementation of policies. Nothing is every that simple. It took decades, if not centuries, to get to this distant point from true Constitutionalism, and it will take just as long to get back to it, short of mass insurrection. And a civil war in this country is certainly the last thing we should truly and thoughtfully desire.
The WhiteHouse.gov, the Daily Caller, and the Associated Press contributed in part to this story