For better or worse, deportation will have to wait.
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I appreciate Soloway’s commitment to his cause, but Attorney General Holder’s words and actions speak for themselves: he says he will not defend DOMA and he requires a federal Board to reconsider a case as if the law’s requirements simply didn’t exist. If anything, I’d rather see the Justice Department actually mount a challenge to DOMA if they believe it is unconstitutional instead of simply saying, “We’re going to ignore this law.” In my non-attorney’s view, Holder is going far beyond prosecutorial discretion.
These cases — and I am very sympathetic to those involved, especially to their equal protection arguments — open a Pandora’s box, increasing the opportunity for immigration fraud and subsequent damage to our nation such as making otherwise non-citizens eligible for entitlement programs. This will be particularly true if due to political correctness of a particular government or bureaucrat a same-sex marriage is given less scrutiny than a traditional marriage when it comes to questions of immigration. With an administration like the one we are suffering under now, where everything is about “victim” groups and the politics of pitting one section of society against another, such preferential treatment is far more likely than not.
The Justice Department’s moves in these cases of same-sex couples are part of a larger liberalization of policy when it comes to deportation of illegal aliens. As the New York Times reported this week, Manuel Guerra, an illegal alien from Mexico, had his deportation canceled by ICE, making him “one of the first illegal immigrants in the country to see results from a policy the Obama administration unveiled in Washington that day. It could lead to the suspension in coming months of deportation proceedings against tens of thousands of immigrants.”
In short, our government is aiming to focus deportations on those who have committed crimes (other than immigration violations) while being in the U.S. These moves are sensible from a law enforcement resource utilization perspective but one can’t help suspect that the administration’s real motives are political. Even the Times article notes that “Mr. Obama had been facing increasingly vocal protests from disappointed Latino and immigrant groups after he made no progress in Congress on his immigration overhaul agenda, and enforcement authorities set a modern record for deportations, with nearly 800,000 foreigners removed in the past two years.”
But the Guerra case and the Pando case are different, whether Mr. Soloway likes it or not: The primary basis on which Ms. Pando is arguing against deportation is a same-sex marriage, which is explicitly not recognized by federal law.
As sympathetic as Sujey Pando is, and as much as I don’t like the idea of her being forced to leave America after a claimed brutal childhood in Mexico and 17 years becoming American in all but passport, the slippery slope of the federal government simply ignoring black letter law is one we should be extremely cautious of. We are a nation of laws, not of men, and our future survival depends on us remaining so. If people believe that what may happen to Ms. Pando is unjust, they should endeavor through our system of government to change the law by electing politicians who agree with them. If there is a way to grant Ms. Pando the right to stay without basing it on her marriage to another woman, then that avenue should be preferentially explored by those who want to help her.
Whether it is recognizing same-sex marriage, regulating carbon dioxide, or boosting unions by attacking corporations, the Obama Administration’s consistent willingness to impose through policy and regulation what they can’t get passed through legislation is a corrosive acid being poured daily on the foundation of our republic. Sujey Pando is yet another pawn in Barack Obama’s cynical games.
I understand that many will say Ms. Pando should not benefit from having been here illegally for seventeen years despite all that has apparently befallen her. Nevertheless I would find it hard to look at myself in the mirror if I didn’t hope that Ms. Pando’s efforts to stay in this country are successful, and that she can find a way other than by Eric Holder ignoring the law or judges legislating from the bench to remain a happy and productive member of society. And I hope these efforts are accompanied by the desire, followed by the ability, to become truly American.
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