DNC breaks federal law on Day 1. But what the heck, so did Obama

DNC breaks federal law on Day 1. But what the heck, so did Obama
(Image: Screen grab of CNN video via Dennis Michael Lynch)

With the Democrats having put the first day of their national convention to bed, Dennis Michael Lynch notes that they’ve racked up two violations of Section 8 U.S. Code 1324.

What did they do to accomplish that?  They knowingly hosted two adult illegal aliens as featured speakers at the convention.

One is a woman named Francisca (no last name given), who appeared at the speaker’s podium with her young daughter Karla.  Francisca is currently ignoring a deportation order from the U.S. Government.  Francisca and Karla are likely to be the pair featured in this June 2016 article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The other is a young woman named Astrid Silva, who came to the U.S. illegally at the age of 4.  Now in her mid-20s, Silva has been working on a bachelor’s degree at Nevada State College.

We actually know quite a bit about Silva, because she’s a DREAM activist, and the organizing director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN).  She’s on a DACA work permit from Obama, and for good reason:  she campaigned for him in 2012.  (If I were a betting woman, I’d bet that Francisca’s and Karla’s entrée to the convention came through Silva.)

PLAN’s staff page describes her thus (emphasis added):

Astrid Silva is PLAN’s organizing director. She started at PLAN as a volunteer and transitioned to staff after receiving her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permit. Astrid has been referred to as the “face” of immigration, and Harry Reid’s conscience when it comes to immigration reform.  Her personal story was highlighted by President Barack Obama and she was chosen by the White House to introduce him at a Las Vegas. She is a leader among DREAMers in Nevada and is the co-founder of DREAM Big Vegas, a Southern Nevada organization for undocumented youth. Astrid is a graduate of Advance Technologies Academy, holds two associates degrees from the College of Southern Nevada and currently attends Nevada State College.

In November 2014, MSNBC reported on Silva’s reaction when she heard Obama recounting her story as the human-interest example in his speech announcing “immigration reform”; i.e., his plan to circumvent duly constituted federal law and cease enforcing it.  Since Silva was an activist in the Soros-sponsored DREAM network as early as 2012, when she was campaigning for Obama – and since she’s “Harry Reid’s conscience” on immigration matters – we can confidently assume that Obama didn’t just happen across her story in 2014.

Silva was apparently a Sanders supporter early on, but switched to Hillary in February 2016, causing some angst among the faithful.  Her appearance at the DNC on Monday may be about bringing Berners into the fold as much as anything.  In the arcane world of illegal-activist pop stars, she’s a big gun.

Clearly, in other words, she’s not a random, “in-the-shadows” illegal.  She’s right out in the open, known to the highest authorities in America as an illegal, undoubtedly being funded in her seemingly protracted educational endeavors by the American taxpayer.  It’s a good bet the taxpayer can take a bow here, and deserves a big pat on the back for his/her giving spirit and compassion.

Silva doesn’t seem to do productive work in the economy.  Rather, she is celebrated as a role model because she doesn’t.  She’s a political activist, funded out of the “excess” from other people’s actual productive labor to harangue her fellow men about the ways they need to adjust themselves to suit her preference.  One of the chief ways, of course, is to take up the same cudgel she wields, and go forth and harangue still others.

The United We Dream organization has congratulated itself for doing exactly that: for having politically “infiltrated” (their word) every corner of American society.  And in the world of the progressive left, that is celebrated as if it’s an accomplishment.

But don’t be angry with Astrid Silva in all this.  The political problem here is the progressive left, the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and on and on down the line.

The line runs through the mayor of Philadelphia, of course.  When he took office in January, Democrat Jim Kenney turned Philadelphia back into a sanctuary city.  His predecessor had suspended Philadelphia’s sanctuary city status, but Kenney brought it back.  So the Democrats had no fear of exciting the, er, wrong kind of interest from the local authorities with their choice of featured speakers.

The Democrats have got it like that.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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