Just this week Homeland Security head honcho, Janet Napolitano joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan before a US Senate panel on the federal “Dream Act” which if passed and signed into law would give amnesty to the kids of illegal aliens. (Then, guess what! the kids could sponsor their families!)
Obama is under a lot of pressure from his Hispanic base as the election 2012 clock is ticking because he failed to accomplish much of anything for them in the two years the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Now he needs to produce. Pronto!
Until the federal Dream Act passes (if it passes) it is imperative that the “kids” are kept in school and so this new policy articulated by Janet Napolitano says the “kids” are immune from deportation if they are attending school (college!).
Accordingly States like Maryland need to do their bit to help Obama with his Hispanic problem by subsidizing the educations of the illegal kids.
So, here in Maryland, Governor O’Malley is pressured by CASA de Maryland to get something done (remember the DNC is grooming O’Malley for the big time). With passage of the Maryland Dream Act (no amnesty just cheaper college) the Democrats thought they had fulfilled Maryland’s part of the backdoor amnesty strategy….
….and then along came freshman Delegate Neil Parrott out of the hills of western Maryland who proceeded to throw a monkey wrench into the plans of the big dogs (including the plans of DNC fixer and legal beagle Joseph E. Sandler!).
You see in Maryland the Democrat majority was used to the Republican minority going-along-to-get-along—satisfied with a few crumbs if they didn’t make too many waves. The Republicans could do a little bellyaching (huff and puff and run around in circles as a friend humorously describes it) about illegal immigration from time to time, but they needn’t get too organized to fight it, and they sure weren’t supposed to win.
I guess Parrott and some of the other young guns in the House of Delegates didn’t know the drill, but understood the mood of the electorate on the subject of immigration. 130,000 signatures later, here we are!
To make my point about the go-along-to-get-along Republicans, heck, don’t forget that the House Minority leader Tony O’Donnell and former MD GOP chairman and Montgomery County resident John Kane (husband of former Ehrlich running mate Mary Kane) actually supported in glowing terms the appointment of Democrat Thomas (the zealot) Perez, former member of the board of CASA de Maryland to be Eric Holder’s right hand henchman at the Obama Dept. of Justice. Their letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee are here and here. Republican US Senator Jeff Sessions was attempting to hold up the Perez nomination when he was undercut by Maryland Republicans. It is a move that remains a mystery to most of us!
Incidentally, one of the ‘reasonable’ Mr. Perez’s first actions in the US Justice Department was to sue the state of Arizona over the so-called Arizona law passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor to try to get illegal immigration under control in that state.
You can bet your sweet bippy that Thomas Perez and Joseph E. Sandler, both HARD core Leftists who work for Obama and reside in Montgomery County, Maryland, have a cozy relationship in their quest to round up immigrant voters for the Democrat Party—a story for another day.
Come to think of it I wonder who all Sandler took to the wood shed besides O’Malley over this major Maryland setback for the DNC? Did he take any Republicans who I just recently learned thought Parrott was tilting at windmills back in April?
I’m just wondering out loud.
Back to where I started this post—-here is the Janet Napolitano story about the federal Dream Act that I mentioned at the outset:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied that the Obama administration is trying to unilaterally execute immigration policies contained in the stalled DREAM Act — but at the same time she said it “doesn’t make sense” to deport illegal immigrant students who would be covered by the proposal.
Her comments Tuesday on Capitol Hill suggest that even if the DREAM Act does not pass, federal immigration officials will not target illegal immigrants who would otherwise be given a reprieve under the bill.
The DREAM Act is a proposal that would give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service. Democrats are pushing a new version of the bill after it died in the Senate last year.
Though the latest proposal stands little chance of advancing in the GOP-dominated House, the administration recently issued a memo that covered similar ground. The memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton instructed staff to consider 19 factors when exercising “prosecutorial discretion” — or the discretion an ICE attorney has in deciding whether and how to pursue or dismiss an immigration case.
The list includes factors similar to those in the DREAM Act, like whether someone arrived in the U.S. as a “young child,”*** is pursuing an education or has served in the military.
Questioned about DHS enforcement Tuesday at a Senate hearing on the DREAM Act, Napolitano confirmed that the department is not interested in deporting “DREAM Act students.”
Read it all.
*** I get so sick of the discussion about the “kids” who came as babies or as young children. Sure, some did come with parents who broke the law, but, keep in mind there are “kids” like “Dustin,” Martin O’Malley’s poster boy on the day he signed the Maryland Dream Act into law. “Dustin” (not his real name) came across the border just three years ago (as a teenager) without his parents, worked illegally in a Mexican restaurant, went to high school and now wants taxpayers to help finance his college education.
“Dustin” can’t tell you what his real name is, but he wants you to help pay for college! See that story here!
Note to readers: I will be posting this in a new category entitled, Joseph E. Sandler. I have a feeling that there is more to come on the DNC’s big dog.