COMMENTARY | The Washington Times noted that the Obama administration used a White House petition asking that Justin Bieber be deported back to his native Canada as an opportunity to pontificate on the necessity to give illegal aliens a path to citizenship.
The petition, designed to rid the United States of one of the world’s most obnoxious pop stars, was all it good fun. The petition got 273,968 which, being beyond the 100,000 threshold, required a White House response.
The White House replied that any detailed response would be seen as interference in the various criminal cases pending against Bieber. All well and good. But then it said this:
“Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets – or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.”
Of course some other independent analysis suggests that immigration reform would be a sure fire way to make 12 million new Democratic voters, which would mean the destruction of the United States as a viable country. That is something that is more concerning that Bieber’s antics.
Immigration reform is a vexing problem. Giving 12 million people the boot would be a logistical and political nightmare. But making them citizens would be rightly seen as rewarding law breaking and slapping the faces of legal immigrants.
A good middle ground approach would be to force illegals to go through hoops. Including paying a vast amount of money as fines, in order to earn residency status. But anyone who crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas must never, ever be granted citizenship. Illegal aliens have morally abrogated that right when the first thing they did in this country was to violate its laws.