The irony was apparently lost on the media, but a Dream Act workshop Wednesday in Chicago was so popular that organizers had to turn away thousands of illegal immigrants.
In Los Angeles, about a thousand illegal immigrants stood in line for a similar workshop, held on the first day of the Obama Administration’s new immigration program.
The workshop allowed people covered under Obama’s immigration executive order, in which he ignored the constitutional separation of powers and passed the previously rejected Dream Act legislation through executive fiat, to sign up to be safe from deportation for at least two years.
The program is supposed to be open to illegal immigrants between the ages of 15 and 31 who entered the country before they were 16 and who have lived here for at least five years.
Estimates of the number of illegals who will be affected by the program have varied from 1.7 million to more than 3 million nationwide.
CBS referred to the program as “a major immigration policy change.”
There should be an award for understatements of such magnitude.
Earlier this summer, the president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, effectively declared himself king in all but title. Obama used an executive order to get around Congress’ rejection of the immigration reform plan called the Dream Act.
The move was shocking to people who still thought the Constitution meant something, but since then Congress has made no move to overturn the president’s action, which effectively gives amnesty to millions of foreign lawbreakers living in the United States.
Since that moment, morale among Border Patrol agents has fallen drastically by all accounts. Agents are no longer allowed by their overseers to arrest or even detain anybody crossing the border who claims to be a “Dreamer,” as people covered by Obama’s usurpation of power are known.
According to a televised news report, some participants in the Los Angeles workshop were told that the amnesty was only temporary and would be revoked if Republicans won the upcoming election.
Critics of Obama’s executive order have called it a cynical ploy to manipulate the vote, either by influencing illegal immigrants’ families or directly through voter fraud.