Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer (Screenshot)
just-paused Schumer Shutdown of the federal government
brought to mind one of the most surprising headlines I’ve
September, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,
joined with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to
pen a CNN.com op-ed headlined, “Dreamers Are as American as
that pie came into the country illegally, I guess they’d be
right. But I don’t think that was their point. Instead,
Schumer and Pelosi were trying to convince readers that the
term “American” no longer means being a legal U.S. citizen.
many readers chuckled at the headline and moved on. But
given the federal government shutdown that just transpired
because of this issue, the joke’s no longer funny.
shutdown is over—for now. In exchange for Schumer’s support,
the Senate will vote on whether to let as many as 800,000
illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. And if that vote doesn’t
go his way, there’s no guarantee Schumer may not again
prevent the federal government from being funded.
members of our military are on the front lines defending our
liberty. Cities and towns all across America are challenged
by stretched resources. Families are working hard to put the
Obama recession behind them. And parents are praying a wall
will soon be built to keep their kids safe from criminals
coming across our border.
instead of helping them, Schumer and his liberal colleagues
seem to prefer asking Americans to defer their dreams for
those of illegals.
now, there’s a teenage girl in Appalachia who dreams of a
great education but sits in a school that isn’t delivering.
A factory worker who dreams of regaining work that went
overseas earlier this decade. An urban mom who dreams of
health care for her son but has to wait in an overcrowded
are all dreamers. And they’re Americans.
leaders used to know the difference. Take former Rep.
Barbara Jordan, D-Texas, for example.
of America’s great civil rights leaders, Jordan was the
first African-American elected to the Texas Senate since
Reconstruction. She was also the first Southern black woman
elected to the House of Representatives, and an eminently
worthy recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
also served as chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on
Immigration Reform, where she said some things that Schumer
would benefit from considering. “For our immigration policy
to make sense,” she said, “it is necessary to make
distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who
also said: “One thing is very clear: Illegal immigrants are
not entitled to benefits.”
however, Jordan’s words seem to be forgotten by liberals who
oppose deportation of illegal aliens, support
government-paid lawyers for illegals in immigration courts,
and call for more money to be spent on services for illegal
of these costs are being borne by Americans. And those extra
costs make it harder for Americans to realize their own
is the impact when politics is prioritized over the America
people. Just in my own community, African-Americans who are
working to get back on their feet are finding it harder than
ever, due to the huge number of illegal immigrants who are
competing for some of the same jobs.
impact is particularly harmful to young Americans who depend
on low-skilled work to earn a living and get their start up
the economic ladder. Similarly, many of those who have found
work are discovering they’re being paid less because of the
competition they now face from illegal immigrant laborers.
has always had a great tradition of opening its arms to
others in need. But that tradition never meant opening its
America’s decisions about who to let in historically
revolved around what was in the nation’s best interests. And
it is clear that America’s interests have not been served by
amnesty and open borders.
are best served when our leaders uphold the rule of law,
honor the process of legal immigration, protect our borders,
and base all policy decisions on the impact they will have
on America’s citizens and our future.
when the Senate returns to this issue in the coming days, I
hope senators will keep in mind one thing: Our nation has
always been happy to help—and has always put Americans and
their dreams first.