by Rick Moran
This move by President Obama is perplexing in the extreme. He's supposedly trying to gain the trust of Republicans on the immigration issue by policing the border properly and enforcing the law.
And then he goes and does something stupid like this:
The same week the White House was assuring Republicans they could trust him to enforce immigration laws, the Obama administration quietly announced that it was reinterpreting the rules for refugees and asylum seekers so applicants could be approved even if they had given "limited" material support for terrorism.There are thousands of asylum seekers and refugees who want to come to the US and who have not supplied "limited" support to terrorism. Do we really want to welcome those who have?
It was the latest blow to the chances for immigration reform, which now hang on the very question of whether Republicans can trust President Obama to enforce the laws.
"Yet again, this administration is abusing the powers granted it by Congress," Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said after he had a chance to digest the changes. As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Goodlatte likely would be the chief Republican negotiator on any immigration bill, and his evaluation of the president's willingness to reinterpret the law is indicative of where many of his colleagues stand.
Congressional Democrats say they, too, suffer from having their trust abused. Yet they blame Republicans, who they say have repeatedly promised to tackle the immigration issue but back away when the politics get rough.
"We were teased over and over again," Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "Let me tell you, any excuse will do."
Giving any support to terrorists means you support the killing of innocents. "Limited" or not, that's the bottom line and to allow people who support killing Americans into the US is idiotic.
This isn't a question of freedom of speech or thought. It's a matter of survival. Based on that notion, it gives the Republicans one more reason to refuse to bring up immigration reform.
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