Virginia’s new Attorney General is not wasting any time in following the Democratic platform of extending benefits and rights of US citizens to illegal immigrants. Mark Herring, sworn in on January 11, 2014 as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General, said that DREAMers should be granted the rights of other Virginia residents.
On Tuesday, Herring spoke to the presidents of the state’s public colleges and universities, telling them:
“These ‘DREAMers’ are already Virginians in some very important ways,”
“In most cases they were raised here, they graduated from Virginia schools, and they have known no home but Virginia. They might be the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school, but because they were brought here as children many years ago, an affordable education remains out of their reach.”
“Instead of punishing and placing limits on these smart, talented, hard-working young people, Virginia should extend them an opportunity for an affordable education. It’s what the law requires, it makes economic sense for Virginia, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Referring to President Obama’s illegally enacted executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often erroneously referred to as the DREAM Act which never passed Congress, Herring says that the students are here in the US lawfully. This makes Virginia the 20th state to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
I know this is a controversial issue with many and that there are a lot of people that may disagree with me. To begin with, Obama’s DACA decision was illegal since it bypassed Congress who voted down the same issue. The President does not have the right to make such fiat decisions. Our Founding Fathers purposely separated and limited the powers of Congress and the Presidency to avoid such dictatorial power from being wielded. Therefore, I do not believe that these illegal children are legally allowed to remain here.
Secondly, I hear the argument all the time about not punishing the kids for something their parents did – coming to the US illegally. My answer to that is what happens to the children of other parents who commit crimes and end up in jail? In many cases, they lose their homes, friends and their lives are ruined. Should we go out of the way to help and reward them because their parents are criminals?
My solution is that every illegal parent should be deported according to US immigration law and their kids should be deported with them. Then let them apply for visas to come and work in the US just like any other person from any other country has to do. I don’t care how long they have lived here as the bottom line is they are here illegally and they are taking jobs away from American citizens and they are depleting local, state and federal coffers with all of the benefits they receive.
We need to enforce the laws of the land and stop giving away the store to illegals, especially when so many American citizens are struggling.