Dear Mr. President,
I recently viewed Sheriff Scott Jones’ speech on immigration, and his courage has inspired me to address you in my own way.
Mr. President, you started out your recent immigration speech inviting fellow Americans to have a conversation “with” you about immigration. I must have missed this conversation, because I was never a part of it. I do not remember the American people being consulted on this issue. Please understand, I never expected a direct vote, for we are a republic, an institution I hold to the highest value. I did expect my representatives in Congress to be consulted – and not just in a superficial way. They made suggestions. I echo Sheriff Scott Jones when I remind you that there were reforms out there for you to at least implement on a foundational basis, whether that be a guest work program, or a path to citizenship. Options other than indiscriminate amnesty existed.
You say, quote, “our immigration system is broken, and everyone knows it.” Yes, Mr. President. We all know it, because you have not allowed our servicemen and women on the border to do their job. You are Monday-morning quarterbacking, and everyone knows it.
You say, “undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace [the] responsibilities [of being an American] see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.” The natural conclusion to this specific point then, is assisting them on a path to citizenship. Yet you do not arrive at the same conclusion.
Indiscriminate amnesty is disrespectful to the immigrants who did use the proper means of entry into our nation. They show commitment to America. Your actions negate their hard work and determination. Our laws cannot be disrespected, or else we will become a nation of chaos.
I am not sure whether to laugh or cry when you continue to blame Republicans for the problem we face today. One day, Republicans are painted as racists who want to keep immigrants out, yet the next day, you blame them for this crisis. I might remind you that more Republicans were just voted into office, taking over the Senate, so I do not think the American people are on the same wavelength as you.
You say your unilateral actions are lawful, but I urge you reexamine that statement, Mr. President. Do your actions follow the spirit of American law? The spirit which allows for multiple branches of government to share input and reach a conclusion? I realize the polarized politics of today have prevented our legislators from reaching compromise on just about everything, but that does NOT give you permission to circumvent the proper pathways for enacting change.
My biggest issue is not with this specific crisis. Let’s face it: I’ve had a problem with many of the decisions of your administration since you came into power six years ago. My problem is the manner in which you govern. You place yourself and your opinions above the law and the rest of the American people. I have never felt so politically helpless in my entire life, and I know many citizens two, three, and even four times my age that feel this very same way.
Surely, you are not the only one to blame. Our politics are so polarized that representatives can no longer connect with others on a personal basis because of their political opinions. Not only is this a shame, it is incredibly detrimental to policy making and the welfare of the American people. Yet you are our leader. You can set the example.
I call on all Americans to reach out to one another. Make connections on passions besides politics–-sports, hobbies, food, coffee, anything. Recognize each other as humans, and then deal with the political issues. I guarantee quicker and more effective policy will follow.
Thank you for your time. I hope you hear my voice and take it seriously.