The Social and Political Issues Posed by Obama's Immigration Order

Obama’s deferral of deportation of up to 5 million illegals won’t change America overnight. However, if allowed to proceed without any real opposition, it will accelerate the long and slow decline of the USA into a Central American Banana Republic.

The facts of the policy are as follows: Obama issued an executive order that extends “deportation protection” for up to 5 million illegal aliens currently residing inside the United States. Those that qualify are immigrants that have been inside the US for more than 5 years, have no criminal record (other than breaking immigration law, of course) and have children that are citizens, meaning those that plopped out a baby after crossing the border. Also covered are 300,000 or so immigrants that were children when their parents brought them over the border illegally. This group of people will be allowed to stay indefinitely, will have a chance to get work visas, a chance to get permanent legal residency and in some cases even a chance to get social security numbers.

There are two fundamental issues that right wingers of various stripes should take with this executive action: one is in regard to the demographic situation in the USA, the other is in regard to legal precedent.

Good fences make good neighbors.
Good fences make good neighbors.
As far as the demographic situation goes, all empirical evidence shows that those deferred will have many children, all of whom will be citizens, and those children will overwhelmingly vote to the left. This will drive American politics further left and will hasten the browning/Hispanification of the United States, as white birth rates are still dwindling. If given legal work permits these people will drive down wages and dilute the labor pool. White working class Americans will be the ones most affected by this.

One could take the position that such a happening isn’t worth getting worked up over, or even that it’s a good thing because “muh free markets.” It’s all well and good if you hold that position, but you should try and be consistent and just support abolishing borders altogether. And then you should jump right in the oven for being a faggot anarchist.

Now, let’s talk precedent. Put aside for a moment the ramifications of this particular policy decision. The fact is that this sets a precedent that the President can not only arbitrarily disregard law, he can openly legislate by executive fiat. This is an autocratic move that hasn’t been seen yet in America, not even under FDR or Lincoln (both of whom at least had the civility to bully congress into submission). Lincoln may have broken the law by jailing people for newspaper articles, but he never had the gall to simply write legislation by fiat.

The act by Obama, if allowed to go unopposed, destroys a major Schelling point in American politics. One can argue that true right-wingers should welcome this — isn’t monarchy better than democracy anyway? Except this isn’t monarchy. This is democratic centralism.

Let’s talk some more about precedent. Thus far the immigration debate in the US has been framed as if deportation is not something that can even be considered. Deportation being taken off the table is justified using both moral and logistical arguments. However, deportation isn’t without precedent, nor is exclusion. As recently as 1953 Operation Wetback met with resounding success in its goal to deport Hispanics, and only failed because proper border controls were not in place to prevent them from returning. Nevertheless it proves the logistical feasibility of mass deportation.

The Chinese Exclusion Act, the anti-Coolie laws, the Immigration Laws of 1903 and 1918, all met with varying degrees of success. These acts also also reveal that our forefathers thought of this as a nation for whites only even if we have forgotten that legacy. So there is not only legal precedent for such measures, but they could very well be implemented if only the political will to do so could be mustered.

That political will doesn’t exist at the moment. The GOP, by and large, has accepted the Democratic premise that deportation is racist and untenable. Given this unfortunate fact, what America needs and what the GOP and other right wingers ought to be pushing is consistent, unapologetic arguments in favor of deportation and exclusion, citing legal and political precedent throughout US history, not maymaying and handwaving this away as if it’s no big deal simply because not much has changed yet.

Accomplishing this will be a Herculean task, and we can’t predict whether it will be successful. But to claim that any attempt to shift the emphasis of the debate is doomed to fail, to frame strident rhetoric concerning the issue as beneath respectable conservatives, suited only to basement dwelling neckbeards, smacks of defeatism and political bankruptcy. If you are fine with the current state and trajectory of America, there is a place for you: it’s called the Democratic Party.