Democrats to Latinos: Vote for Obama or Romney will deport you, your family, and your friends.
The Democratic party is shamelessly using Dreamers as fodder for their disingenuous election machine. This article comes to the latter conclusion through two parts:
PUTTING DREAMERS AT RISK OF DEPORTATION SO THAT BARACK OBAMA GETS RE-ELECTED
First, through the alarming contradiction within the public statements of its keynote immigration speaker, Congressman Luis Gutierrez; and Second, through Barack Obama’s sordid record on immigration in his 4-year tenure as President of the United States.
On the national stage, the Democrats spoke thusly to all the young people eligible for deferred action for childhood arrivals. (DACA)
This election will determine whether high school valedictorians, football team captains and student council presidents will be treated with respect–or treated like suspects. Whether they reach their dreams, or whether Mitt Romney turns their dreams into nightmares.
The message here is unequivocal and directed at a group of people (Latinos, mostly) who are absolutely terrified (with the exception of a small group of stalwart groups such as Dreamactivist) of being deported or having their loved ones deported.
If you do not vote for Obama, Mitt Romney will end DACA and deport you. The Democrats forcefully stated that their dreams (deferred action) will turn into a nightmare (rescinding of Deferred Action and possible deportation) if Mitt Romney wins the elections this fall.
However, the Democrats, particularly Luis Gutierrez (and of course by implication Barack Obama) have publicly stated that all dreamers who meet the basic criteria for deferred action should apply:
…I am encouraging those who meet the basic criteria to consider applying for DACA…
Assuming Mitt Romney would revoke DACA and and deport Dreamers upon assuming the Presidency, as the Congressman says, then the Democrats are committing serious ethical violations. They are encouraging people to apply for DACA while simultaneously admitting that there is a substantial possibility that applying could turn their dreams into “nightmares.”
It is one thing to use political rhetoric as applied to abstract concepts, such as general immigration reform, and quite another when talking about something like Deferred Action. The latter will directly impact thousands of young immigrants’ lives in a concrete manner. The Democrats should not use the potential benefit it can have as a bludgeon against the GOP to pander to the Latino vote.
In other words, Democrats have admitted that it is dangerous to apply for DACA because Romney will end it if elected. As such, Democrats have an obligation to tell these young immigrants to stop all applications until and if Barack Obama wins the election.
To do otherwise is to put lives at risk, which apparently is not an issue for Luis Gutierrez and Dick Durbin, who continue to refuse to take a leading role in ensuring DACA applicants are screened properly before applying.
OBAMA’S RECORD DEPORTATIONS AND COOPERATION WITH DOMESTIC TOTALITARIAN SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO
Another instructive quote from the Congressman of Illinois is in order:
Now, America faces a stark choice. The future of a generation will be decided in this election. We cannot deny them. President Obama is protecting immigrants.
Emphasis added for lying.
Obama is not and has not protected immigrants. He has deported more people in his tenure than any other president. Not only has he reached such unprecedented heights in the art of deportation and its inextricable counterpart, family destruction, he has bragged about it and subsequently refused to corroborate their self-serving, unsubstantiated claims that more than half of the of the 396,906 deportations were undocumented immigrants with felony or misdemeanor convictions. (from 2010-2011)
How about this for “protecting” immigrants? From January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, the Obama administration announced that they were “pleased” to have deported 46,486 parents of United States citizens.
But what about the big June 15, 2011 ICE memorandum on stopping the deportations of all “low-priorty” cases. It looks like another political stunt because it is unrealistic to expect ICE, a gargantuan machine designed to deport, to immediately shut itself off through a non-binding administrative memorandum.
Since the end of May in 2012 only 4,585 out of the 298,173 pending since September of 2011 were granted prosecutorial discretion via the June 15, 2011 memo. The paltry number further undermines the Obama’s administration stated purpose for the memo, which was to ease the immigration court backlog and focus resources on high priority immigrants.”
Let’s not forget Secure Communities, the federal version of SB1070 and its copycats that the Obama administration has so vociferously opposed.
This is another example of outright political fraud. Secure communities is a net that is designed to place any immigrant arrested, irrespective of whether the person committed a crime, into ICE’s hands through mandatory fingerprint sharing with local law enforcement.
According to Politico, in early 2010, ICE indicated that “local communities could elect not to participate in the [secure communities.” However, in October of 2010, “DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that local law enforcement could not opt out of the program.” When local governments and immigrant rights groups inquired into this apparent lie, ICE had to be dragged through court for them to explain themselves.
If Barack Obama is protecting immigrants, why did he and Napolitano so aggressively push a program that is designed to harm immigrants? Perhaps o satisfy the moderate electorate who are vulnerable to practice in America’s pastime of scapegoating the immigrant.
Lastly, there is the fact that the Obama administration has actively cooperated via a 287g agreement with a known totalitarian and racist, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Through a 287G agreement, ICE allowed MCSO to exercise immigration enforcement powers. It was more than just mere cooperation, it was an active power delegated from ICE to MCSO.
Despite an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into rampant civil rights abuses of Arpaio’s office, ICE continued to maintain the 287G agreement. In fact, the agreement was in effect until the very public DOJ report was released on December 15, 2011, when DHS announced its termination.
Obama had this agreement despite the fact that Arpaio tried to literally take over power of the legislative and judicial branches of the Maricopa County Governement.
It gets even scarier. On the day before the start of the Democratic Nation Convention, the Obama administration dropped its 4 year criminal investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The federal government provided no explanation for its actions, such as insufficient evidence, in effect conceding that it was a political decision.
Upon seeing the reams and reams of irrefutable evidence of rampant abuse of power by Joe Arpaio against his political opponents and the Latino population, any laymen would see that Arpaio is nothing more than a criminal thug. He is a real threat to thousands and thousands of Latinos.
Maegan La Mala at Vivirlatino synthesizes the meaning of the dropped charges well:
With the Supreme Court case against SB1070 in Arizona done and generally forgotten and with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals dominating the work of most pro-migrant non-profit organizations, the decision coming on the eve of the Democratic National Convention can be taken as additional proof that the current administration is playing a shell game when it comes to immigration policy.
Stephen Lemons of the Phoenix New Times, a journalist who knows all about Arpaio’s reign of terror, accurately describes the “Feds” i.e. Obama and the Democrats’ as a “Cage of Cowardly Lions” in the Arpaio investigation and cheekily describes the decision to drop charges as an “election-season wet kiss.”
As Maegan stated, the timing of the decision to drop charges is very suspect. On any other regular news day, the decision to drop the charges would dominate the news cycle.
The cowardice in letting a predator prey upon the defenseless is yet another among the many examples this article has already provided to demonstrate that Barack Obama is not “protecting immigrants.” For the last 4 years, Barack Obama has done quite the opposite.
The dreamers, through their own hard work and that of their family and friends, have earned power. Real power.
The Obama administration would not have created the Deferred Action program if it were not for this power. The DNC would not have made DACA such a focal point in its platform if it were not for that power.
However, the actions of the Democratic party, specifically through the crooked double-speak of Luis Gutierrez and the Deporter-in-Chief Barack Obama, indicate that the Democrats are doing all that they can to control the Dreamers’ power and to manipulate it for their political purposes–even if it is to their detriment.
The Democrats’ real official platform on immigration is this:
“Remember, kids, if you don’t vote for our party, the bad man Romney will swoop down upon you and deport you and your family. Your power means nothing without us.” -Sincerely, your Benevolent Benefactors.