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Defining Achievement Down, Amnesty Edition

Amnesty-pushers staged some protest theater in front of the White House Monday, arranging with the Secret Service to get arrested to highlight their demands that President Obama unilaterally (and illegally) stop deporting illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants who’ve committed crimes. The event itself — sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for its Not One More Deportation campaign — was barely worthy of notice, but the news coverage was amusing. The Washington Times highlighted how fake the whole thing was:

After repeated warnings, the U.S. Park Police — who had been alerted to the protest and had more than a dozen vehicles at the ready — moved in and began to gently arrest the protesters. Officers used plastic hand restraints and took the protesters to a table set up on the street for processing.

The process was clinical. Ahead of time, protest organizers walked throughout the crowd asking who would be part of “CD” — shorthand for civil disobedience.

Regular Gandhis, I tell ya.

The Voice of America report included a telling comment from one of the protesters:

has the complete freedom to go to his country and visit his family any time he wants. What’s he’s really demanding is the right to enter a foreign country — our country — whenever it suits him.

But the MSNBC report takes the cake. Referring to the demand that the president halt deportations, MSNBC’s reporter wrote this:

Congressional Democrats have raised the issue with Obama, with some imploring the president to extend his Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals [DACA] program to other family members and working immigrants. The program, which Obama enacted by executive action, permits some high-achieving immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain working in-country for up to two years.

This is probably more a matter of ignorance than propaganda (there’s no “Early” in the name of the amnesty program, for instance), but what a thigh-slapper. Here are two of the eligibility guidelines for Obama’s illegal DACA/DREAM Act amnesty that relate to “achievement”:

Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and

Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

So, having a GED and not being convicted of a felony now qualifies as “high-achieving”? Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations. If the half-million who’ve already benefited from this amnesty are the “high-achieving” portion of the illegal-alien population, what are the other 11 million like?


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