Another day, another last minute Obama directive. For Obamaites who are excited about these ‘11th hour’ decisions, be honest and ponder if you’d be ok with George W. Bush, or now Donald Trump, doing the same thing. I was as much against Trump’s victory rallies as I am against Obama going out slowly, kicking and screaming. But let’s address his latest move; a change in Cuban immigration policy.
Yesterday, Obama ended the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy of allowing Cubans fleeing Cuba to become legal residents if they reach US soil. Obama stated, “By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.” I assume any logic-minded person can see the irony in this. Just the opposite is true.
Obama started by supporting the DREAM Act, allowing children under 16 who came into the country illegally, a path to permanent status. Then, just before the election, he came pretty close to telling them they can vote.
Just days before the 2016 presidential election, Obama was interviewed by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez. She told the president 'dreamers', whom she calls citizens, are fearful about voting and wonder, "iff they do, will Immigration know? Will they come for my family?" Obama said, “Not true. The reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself, and there is not a situation where the voting rules are transferred over and people start investigating. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential.” He might as well have said, “Tell them to vote, nothing will happen!”
Now, post Trump’s win, He and his fellow Democrats have gone far beyond just advocating for ‘dreamers’. Many big city mayors are refusing to cooperate with federal agents, even in the case of criminals; a move which got Kate Steinle killed and allowed two women to be killed by a man who had been deported eight times. There are now sanctuary universities and many cities, including Washington D.C and Chicago, whose mayor is Obama’s former chief of staff, are setting aside taxpayer money to create legal funds to stop deportations. All while their cities are in debt.
This is what makes this latest move so perplexing. He’s literally saying if you want to stay in the US, use the normal immigration channels and wait your turn, unless you are Mexican or from a terror rich country we cannot vet.
I know that Obama believes he has normalized relations with Cuba. Just because the US changes its policy doesn’t mean Castro will change his behavior. For over 50 years Cuba has been a violent dictatorship with few freedoms. But if you flee and come to the US, you must return. Mexico is a democracy we have a great relationship with, but if you leave to make a better life, you’re a ‘dreamer’ and can stay.
Many on the left were hesitant to ‘label’ Fidel Castro as a dictator; the same goes for his brother. But even if they are right, it doesn’t change the fact that Obama is being disingenuous. He claims this move is to be fair and treat Cubans like everyone else coming to America. But how is this fair? Putting aside the atrocities in Cuba. If Mexico and Cuba are similar governments with equal freedoms and opportunities, why is Obama sending one group back while doing everything in his power to keep the other group here?
C. Douglas Love