Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012

Over a Million Illegals Poised to Come Out of the Shadows
By Henry J. Reske
August 14, 2012

Some 1.7 million young illegal immigrants are poised to come out of the shadows and live and work openly in the United States as a result of a sweeping executive order signed by President Barack Obama. On Wednesday immigration officials will begin accepting applications to defer deportations, The New York Times reported.

Obama’s executive order sidestepped a Congress that failed to pass the DREAM Act and was a major peace offering to the Hispanic voters after the administration deported 1.2 million illegals in the last three years. The order grants two-year deportation deferrals, work permits, and other benefits such as a driver’s license and Social Security number to illegals brought to the United States as children.

Immigration rights groups have been swamped with requests for information on the program and government officials are expecting the biggest jump in paperwork since 3 million immigrants applied for legal status under a 1986 amnesty.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that about 1.2 million people are eligible to apply now, with another 500,000 reaching the minimum eligibility age of 15 in coming years, the Times reported. The largest number of eligible applicants are in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

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Today Is A-Day: The president’s unconstitutional DREAM amnesty gets rolling.
By Mark Krikorian
August 15, 2012

What does President Obama call a bill which has repeatedly failed in Congress?

A law!

The Department of Homeland Security today begins accepting applications for the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) amnesty program. The move will award renewable two-year grants of legal status, including work cards and Social Security numbers, to illegal aliens claiming to have arrived before their 16th birthday.

This is an administrative version of the DREAM Act, which Congress has repeatedly rejected. The White House claims it’s just setting enforcement priorities, exercising “prosecutorial discretion” over whom to arrest and deport, and that those who benefit are just getting a temporary reprieve from deportation.

That is a brazen lie. Yes, prosecutorial discretion is used by law enforcement all the time to prioritize resources; in the immigration context, that may mean that when an illegal-alien nursing mother is arrested, she’s given some kind of supervised release until her trial date rather than being held in detention.

But if you set up an application process for illegal aliens, complete with FAQs and fee schedules, the label “prosecutorial discretion” no longer applies, however often you repeat it to the media. The president couldn’t get Congress to approve this amnesty, so he simply ignored Article I of the Constitution and enacted the measure himself.

Advocacy groups rationalize this extra-legal measure by arguing, in effect, that the continued illegal status of this group of people is a national emergency of such existential importance that the Constitution must be set aside. The White House itself announced the amnesty under the rubric of its “We Can’t Wait” initiative — we can’t wait for Congress to act; we can’t wait for constitutional niceties to be honored; we can’t wait for democracy.

The president knows what he’s doing is unconstitutional. We don’t have to read his mind to know this — he’s said it repeatedly. In July of last year, he told the National Council of La Raza, “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions.”

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What’s good for GM isn’t necessarily what’s good for America
By Steven Horwitz
August 15, 2012

Last week, President Obama delivered a speech in Colorado in which he praised the 2009 auto bailouts, saying that they were good for business. Maybe so, but what’s good for General Motors, and the business world in general, is not necessarily what’s good for American consumers.

What’s good for the U.S. economy isn’t bailing out old, failed businesses and subsidizing new ones, but freeing the market for greater competition, because that is what benefits all of us in our capacities as consumers and citizens. Supporting freer markets is not the same thing as being “pro-business” — in fact, businesspeople often despise the competition that truly free markets create.

Free market competition makes firms earn every dollar of revenue by innovating and providing the goods that consumers want at ever cheaper prices. Competition forces firms to tweak existing products in ways that consumers want, as we have seen in the market for cellphones in the last 15 years. Firms can also profit by developing innovative new products, as we have seen with Apple and the iPad. Real competition demands that businesses stay one step ahead of consumers, which makes life tough for them but improves all of our lives.

The key to market competition is that it is a profit and loss system. Profits are an incentive to produce what people want, but they also give firms information about what people want and how best to produce it. Conversely, losses inform firms that there’s something they should be doing differently. In a free market, profit means businesses have created value, while losses mean they have destroyed it. Businesses that don’t add value will eventually go out of business.

By contrast, Obama’s vision of writing checks to GM, Solyndra and “too big to fail” banks manages to be pro-business — at least pro those businesses with stakeholders who will vote for him — while simultaneously undermining the competitive marketplace that best serves the average American. Bailing out failing firms cuts businesspeople off from the knowledge that they are making mistakes and removes their incentive to avoid making mistakes. Bailouts end up extending those mistakes, where competition would eliminate them quickly.

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