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From Monday’s “Best of the Web Today” column by James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal:
“Our immigration system has been broken for decades,” press secretary Josh Earnest declared in a statement previewing the president’s speech, “and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country. So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system.”
I am sick of hearing about our so-called “broken” immigration system. The only things that are broken are the ability to secure our borders and the willingness to enforce our existing laws.
Earnest essentially is saying that what is broken is our ability to confer blanket legalization on those who have come here illegally.
“Living in the shadows” is a euphemism for the life of an illegal alien. Thus, Earnest is making the absurd statement that a law-breaker “want[s] to play by the rules.” What the law-breaker wants is to have the rules changed so that his actions are no longer against the law.
Would we say that polygamists — or “people living in the shadows with multiple spouses” — desire to play by the rules, and therefore, we should make polygamy legal so that they could then do so?
The legalization of illegals is promoted by Democrats, of course, because such people would support that party overwhelmingly. Therefore, Earnest and his ilk, while appealing to “fairness” and “humanitarian considerations” are really cynically attempting to expand their voting base.
Really, could there be a national policy that is more transparently politically-motivated?