In addition to reading Keith DeHavelle‘s post, I think it might be a good idea to listen to that MP3 file.
One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree:
Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t:
Current law is being ignored by President Obama. Immigration law has been long superseded by whim, by practice, and ultimately by unconstitutional executive branch regulations. They’re not even executive orders, and they are now being implemented in defiance of explicit court order.
Replacing the law with new law will not solve this — any law that would pass the current Congress and be signed by Obama would be one that fig-leafs his actions, and any part of it he found inconvenient he would ignore as he does now.
Constitutional scholars on the left and right agree, amazingly, that Obama’s lawless behavior has created the greatest challenge to the American governance system ever. I’ve been listening to Constitutional law debates.Here’s an MP3 from the Constitutional Law Center that is on point. One of the debaters is a prominent (left-leaning) scholar, but whose vocal style is rather tedious to listen to. Nevertheless, though he describes Obama as a centrist, he (like his debate opponent) recognizes Obama’s actions as creating a great Constitutional crisis. (continued here)
Why are tyrants destroying our county? We don’t care enough about our neighbors. We when don’t care enough about our neighbors, unscrupulous men and women can buy our votes. They can entice us with fine sounding words like: “it’s for the children,” “entitlements,” “social security,” “right to healthcare,” and so forth. But it is not government’s job to love and care for us. We must do that for each other. All our government is suppose to do is help us to secure each others rights. When we try to give our leaders more to do than protecting our rights, we give them more power than mere men and women can resist.