Recently President Obama stepped up to the microphone and waded waist deep into the stream of controversy called Immigration. Few subjects evoke as much passion, on both sides of the issue, as does this subject. Many have debated the subject of immigration. What to do? What to do? Finally the President has told us what to do. And some people, most notably Republicans, are screaming bloody murder. Hey my fellow Republicans. For once lay aside politics and your vitriolic hatred of the President and try to look at the plan objectively.
Right up front I will say that I have read the President’s immigration speech through several times. If you are criticizing his plan I hope you have at least read the source document instead of listening to the talking heads who wield their axes of bias. As I read his plan I thought to myself, “This really makes sense.” But the response by my fellow Republicans and some Facebook friends borders on irrational hysteria. If you fall into that camp let me challenge you to take a really big chill pill AND tell me YOUR plan for dealing with this complex issue.
Here are the three major bullet points of the President’s speech:
1. The first part of his three point speech is ignored by conservatives. If the talking heads you are listening to have not mentioned it, here it is:
“First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.” Yes, you read that right.
2. The second part of his plan is this:
…”I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.” I want immigrants to be able to contribute to our economy.
3. The third part of his plan is the most controversial and reads like this:
“Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.” This is where the ardent critics have aimed their assaults.
In attempting to clarify his position on this last point Obama said, “So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”
Tell me, exactly what do you find objectionable? I love what he has done. And if you think Obama is the devil you ought to read that paragraph again and recognize the love, grace, reconciliation, and good common sense being exemplified.
The responses to this plan border on the absurd and often reflect the thoughts of spoiled Americans who themselves have ancestors who made their journey to this land of opportunity. (You have heard some of these responses: “this will ruin our economy, we need to get rid of the criminals, this will take jobs away from ‘US’.”)
I have met many wonderful Hispanic people across the years. At the risk of over generalizing I see them as loving, hard working, and wanting what all of us want: a better life for their family.
So friends, Republicans, Obama haters, will you just lighten up?
And if you are a Christian will you just stop and read the Sermon on the Mount with Obama’s plan in mind? You just might be surprised at how much of those principles you see reflected in what you are condemning.
Admittedly, I do not know if the President has over reached in terms of his Constitutional power. But I also know that there is a power even higher than the Constitution that firmly rests of the foundation of love.
I really want to know. What do you find so bad about this plan? Please educate me by posting your opinion.