This week, President Obama announced that the Federal Government will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. A move that, on it’s surface, one might think would be enorsed by leaders throughout the Hispanic and Latino communities in the U.S..
But Daniel Garza, the Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, penned an op-ed on the Fox News Latino web page opposing the Executive Order. The former Associate Director at the Office of Public Liason for the White House said,
Had the legislative process been honored rightly, I too would have cheerfully given my personal endorsement of the rule change. However, we don’t get to change law based on personal prerogatives because we are all, as Americans, duty bound to honor the legislative process outlined in our constitution. It was poorly done and political headwinds are sure to follow the president’s actions, which compromise an effective long-term policy approach to a desperately needed reform.
For many of us who are immigrants, or sons and daughters of immigrants, we value the American Dream, an opportunity to prosper in a country that values the rule of law. From what I have read thus far, this new initiative intends to partially achieve the goals of the so-called DREAM Act. It seems – given the timing and targeted constituency – a politically driven attempt to turn attention away from the lagging economy affecting the country at large, particularly Hispanics.
The LIBRE Initiatve, is an organization focused on informing and mobilizing Hispanics and Latinos in their mission to increase economic freedom and prosperity by promoting free enterprise, personal responsibility, and a more constitutionally limited government. Mr. Garza further explained how the new policy conflicts with their vision of prosperity and freedom,
It’s not looking good, and it shows. With record job losses and unemployment, add to that a record number of deportations, this administration does not have much to latch on to with the Hispanic community. The majority of Hispanics, 53 percent, already believe that they have achieved the American Dream, but they are highly pessimistic about the next generation, with only 36 percent saying their children will be better off financially. While the policy shift is set to benefit an estimated 800,000 immigrant youth, it’s hard to tell if this initiative is in the least a partial solution to reversing the economic crisis.
Hispanics have been disproportionately affected with an 11 percent unemployment rate compared to 8.2 percent nationwide and it’s taking a political toll on the administration’s chances with Hispanics this November. But what is worse than the obvious political posturing to a critical voting bloc, is that this brazen attempt to collect votes in an election year undermines the rule of law.
Immigration policies should be market driven, not politically motivated. The foundation of individual liberty is rule of law, not what is politically expedient. More importantly, federal immigration reform must be hammered out by those elected by the people to be our voice in Congress, not the act of one person. It is pandering, it is dangerous, and it is not the American way.
The LIBRE Initiative has recently produced a powerful video which explains the real concerns of many in the Hispanic and Latino community, that while many have realized the American dream the current policies are causing us all to lose the dream for future generations.