Biden jetted into Atlanta for a few hours on Thursday to attend a naturalization ceremony at The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Some 104 people from 50 countries were formally sworn in as new U.S. citizens at the ceremony. For them we have nothing but respect and admiration.
Biden himself noted that, “There’s something different that you all possess. Making a decision to leave everything you’ve known is not for the fainthearted.”
If he’d stopped at that, things would have been fine.
Instead, he put in a plug for President Obama’s push to legalize the 11 million or more immigrants who are in this country illegally.
“Don’t pull up the ladder behind you now that you’ve climbed on board,” he said. “There’s millions of people who are already acting as decent Americans that deserve a chance, deserve a path to earn their way.”
Many of them, no doubt, are working as “decent Americans.” But there is already a path they can take in order to earn their way to citizenship. In fact, it’s the very same path taken by those who Biden witnessed being sworn in. Those people played by the rules and as a result earned one of the greatest benefits available on this planet — citizenship in the United States of America.
For a variety of reasons, those here illegally have chosen not to take that path. They broke the law in order to get here and in some cases they break the law in order to stay here.
The Obama Administration sees them as a gigantic pool of future Democratic voters if they can just figure out a way to bamboozle enough Republicans into agreeing to let them stay.
We wonder what other laws Mr. Biden and his cohorts favor ignoring?
Biden and Obama have been critical of House Republicans’ refusal to take up the immigration bill that recently passed the Senate. House Speaker John Boehner says he prefers to take up immigration on a piecemeal approach, rather than a one-size fits all.
Waving a magic legislative wand in Washington and legalizing 11 million people at a stroke will not end our immigration problems. Rather, it will worsen them by encouraging new waves of people to sneak across our borders. But, it’s probable that Biden, Obama & Co. see those future waves as additional Democratic voters in-waiting.
Speaker Boehner should stick to his guns. Standing up to the president and vice president is not for the fainthearted, to paraphrase Mr. Biden, but it is a stand that must be taken.