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Joe Guzzardi Obama is pandering to gain Hispanic votes

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Joe Guzzardi

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012 12:00 am

The Obama administration has once again laid out the welcome mat for illegal aliens. Last week's White House announcement that aliens will have a "public advocate" is the latest in a long series of White House actions to comfort aliens. In June, the Department of Homeland Security began the unconstitutional process of pardoning 300,000 deportable aliens. Now, those who remain and have not yet been pardoned have an official, taxpayer-funded, go-to administration advocate.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will "serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings (deportation), NGOs (non-government offices) and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise."

Andrew Lorenz-Strait, identified as the first public advocate, will be a busy man. Almost every one of the nearly 10 million aliens living in the United States have "concerns, questions and recommendations ... they would like to raise." All center around what they perceive as their special circumstances that make them exempt from obeying U.S. law. They'll decry deportation's injustice and inhumanity.

Lorenz-Strait's symbolic significance cannot be overstated. To understand what it means for the highest level of government to give criminal aliens a voice, you need to see the big picture. Illegal entry is a misdemeanor crime punishable by six months imprisonment and carries the possibility of a fine. Re-entering after deportation, which a significant percentage of the alien population does, is a felony that can result in up to two years in jail and a $250,000 fine. These laws have been on the books for decades; for details, see 8 USC 1325(a).

Many open border advocates call illegal immigration a victimless crime. But that's hardly the definition you would use if your personal identification had been stolen or if you had lost out on a job.

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the advocacy appointee elevates illegal immigrants' concerns when the only appropriate action is deportation. Calling it "outrageous," Mr. Smith charged President Obama as "acting more like a lobbying firm for illegal immigration than as an advocate for the American people."

As you try to digest the concept of a White House alien advocacy representative, remember that everyone who comes to the U.S illegally does so on their own initiative. When aliens make their conscious decision to migrate, they are fully aware that if caught they could be deported. To cry "foul" after the fact is unfair to those who honor the legal immigration guidelines.

Obama's incessant pandering in a quest for the Hispanic vote is politics at its ugliest and undermines federal immigration laws' credibility. The guidelines for an honorable immigration system were outlined years ago by the late African American Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan in her statement to the House Judiciary Committee. Said Jordan: "People who should get in, get in; people who should not enter are kept out; and people who are deportable should be required to leave."

Joe Guzzardi retired from the Lodi Unified School District in 2008. Contact him at

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