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Illegal Immigration - Action vs. Rhetoric

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Location: Las Vegas, NV

Striking down Arizona's illegal immigration law set a dangerous legal precedent as Americans wait for President Obama to deliver more than speeches and file more than law suits to protect our borders.

After over a decade of the Federal Government's inaction concerning illegal immigration, Arizona and other states have been compelled to enforce federal law. Arizona wrote a state law mirroring federal code which simply requiring the enforcement of the existing federal law. "It is ridiculous that the Obama administration would sue a state for enforcing the existing laws Obama determined were not politically expedient to enforce, and unconscionable that a court would support the President's arrogance and blatant disregard for the rule of law" said Kenneth Wegner candidate for the First Congressional District in Nevada. Article 2 Sec 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that the executive "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed;" not some laws, not politically expedient laws, but all laws enacted by Congress. "The judge defied the constitution by deciding its not the actual letter of the federal code that matters but rather portions of the law the current executive decides to enforce, leaving law enforcement to the personal politics or ideological proclivities of the executive branch," continued Wegner. "Allowing the President to pick and choose which laws to enforce makes it pointless to even have a Congress, which could actually be a relief to many Americans since congress has only 11% job approval!"

"President Obama and his liberal allies control the legislative and executive branches of the federal government yet Shelley Berkley, Senator Reid and the President choose to address the serious issue of illegal immigration by giving speeches and leading rallies rather than proposing actual reform or enforcing existing laws," said Wegner. "An Oval Office address and a federal law suit should not be confused with actually acting when action is necessary to protect our borders and country."

The Obama administration shows contempt for the rule of law and serious hypocrisy by suing Arizona. It is a chilling example of the Presidents disdain for democracy when he elects to sue a state for enforcing federal immigration law and does nothing about states and local governments who have policies designed to break federal immigration law. "Setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration law is a national responsibility," Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said. "A patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than its solves." Wegner responds by stating, "If the Obama Administration is truly concerned with ensuring that the Federal Government alone has preeminent authority in the immigration arena than why only sue a state government trying to enforce the existing law and not also sue sanctuary cities who have policies designed to abrogate federal law." Refusing to sue local governments who have a "patchwork" of immigration policies defying federal law exposes the Arizona suit as a political ploy, and not a sincere attempt to maintain federal control of immigration and prevent unnecessary confusion.

A study in February of 2009 found that illegal immigration costs the United States approximately $113 Billion and Nevada $1.191 Billion per year for healthcare, education, and incarceration. "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on the United States Taxpayers" Federation for American Immigration Reform, July 2010. Incredibly this astonishing cost fails to account for many other social services strained by illegal immigrants. Nevada cannot afford the cost of illegal immigration.

"Ultimately, something must be done to remove the incentives for people to enter or stay in our country illegally. I fully support Arizona's right to protect its citizens with their recent immigration law. I equally support what Oklahoma and many other states are doing to exert their sovereignty by denying benefits to illegal immigrants. I believe that the policy of the federal government must be the highest law of the land, not the whims of men predicated on election cycles. If immigrants want to come here, our country must have an accessible process. However, people need to come here to produce and participate in the active pursuit of the American Dream, not live off taxpayer benefits," concluded Wegner.


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