Speaker of the House John Boehner either has a hearing problem or doesn’t understand the simple concept of protecting the borders before anything else is done on immigration. Today The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will be holding a hearing on “Addressing the Immigration Status of Illegal Immigrants Brought to the United States as Children.” In other words the House is working on its own version of the now-infamous DREAM Act.
The House proposal, called the KIDS Act, was submitted by two Virginia Republicans: Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Do these congressnen really believe that Americans are that stupid? “Hey, let’s change the name from DREAM Act to KIDS Act. No one will know.”
At his press conference last Wednesday, Cantor called the “DREAM Act” concept “an issue of decency, of compassion”:
Where else would these kids go? Again, they’ve been brought here as a minor in many instances, having no idea what was going on, knowing no other place than America as home.
Speaker John Boehner announced his support saying:
This is about basic fairness. These children were brought here of no accord of their own. Frankly, they’re in a very difficult position and I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed.
I agree, Mr. Speaker, this is about fairness. But not the way you are thinking about it. What about being fair to my kid? It’s not fair that you are talking about legalizing millions of people who came into this country illegally without first fixing our country’s porous borders so my kids don’t have to address the same problem. It’s not fair that my kids will have to worry about a terrorist coming across the border and blowing them up.
That’s what’s really at the heart of the matter, Mr. Speaker and Leader Cantor. It’s not whether you’re pro- or anti-immigration. It’s a question, rather, of protecting my kids — and yours. That is the first job of the federal government.