(January 24, 2014)
Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.”
Oh, really? And if they are "in the country illegally", perhaps the Honorable Secretary will explain exactly what they have done to have "earned the right to be citizens"?
Was it something passive? Were they born here, of US Citizens?
Probably not. If they were, Johnson would not have said they were "in the country illegally". Natural Born Citizens are not illegally in this country.
How else could they have earned the right? Was it something which 'actively' did?
For example, did they apply for entry to this, which (to them, is a "Foreign Country"? Did they apply for immigration? Apparently not.
One path to citizenship is to enlist in the American military, and earn their citizenship as a result of their military service.
But ... 11,000,000 soldiers who came to this country to fight for this country? A that level, that wouldn't be 'citizen-soldiers', that would Janissaries. No, slavery is no longer practiced in this country.
Johnson said: “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows”. What does that mean? What shadow ... is that the shadow of having entered the country illegally? And who cast that shadow?
Or is it all George W. Bush's fault? Or my fault, or yours?
(Have I mentioned that Johnson was appointed by President Obama?)
He said: "“It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country--many of whom came here as children--to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”
I'm confused. But I'm old and ignorant, so perhaps someone can explain to me why he seems to say one thing and then the complete opposite in the same sentence. It sounds to me as if he's saying that the people he has already described as illegal have 'earned the right' simply by finding themselves within the borders of the United States of America ... without permission.
Which strongly implies that they have broken American border laws to be here; and if you are successful, that's all you have to do to "Earn The Right".
“The five core missions of the Department of Homeland Security are guarding against terrorism, securing our borders, enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, safeguarding cyberspace and critical infrastructure in partnership with the private sector, and supporting emergency preparedness and response efforts at every level,” Johnson said.What part of those core missions are supported by endowing citizenship on people who ignore our borders and our immigration laws? We can acknowledge their poverty and their desire to improve their lives by moving to a nation which has a more robust infrastructure and superior social programs, but should they become our problem, arbitrarily and unilaterally? If we are paying to resolve their problems, shouldn't we be consulted?
“Common sense immigration reform is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, businesses, and if the polls (are) to be believed, the majority of the American people”The polls have NEVER said that: the polls have said that we should secure our borders and enforce immigration laws. Which, I believe, is what Mr. Johnson said earlier in his preamble, is part of The five core missions of the Department of Homeland Security.
Which is HIS JOB!
Johnson said. “Border security is inseparable from homeland security.”
But if his opinion is that his job is to hold two diametrically opposed priorities on the same subject, then he either is a lying son-of-a-bitch or he is failing to deal with his cognitive dissonance. In either case, he is obviously the wrong man for the job.
Or a liberal. And in our current POLITICAL situation, it's perfectly okay to NOT do your job, as long as you are a good Liberal.