Obama’s immigration plan has been criticized by many conservatives as nothing more than a plan to create new voters for the Democratic Party. If that’s true, which is likely, what could be worse?
How about using taxpayer funds to do it?
Daniel Wiser of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Taxpayer-Funded Immigrant Advocacy Group Blasts Republicans
An immigrant advocacy group that receives taxpayer funding condemned Republicans on Sunday and encouraged undocumented residents seeking deportation relief to solicit political support from young voters.
The New York Times reported that groups including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) hosted an information session for about 5,000 unauthorized immigrants at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Immigrants received assessments about whether they would be among the millions who could qualify for three-year deportation deferrals and work permits under President Obama’s executive order.
The event was also explicitly political in nature. CHIRLA executive director Angelica Salas reportedly blasted Republicans for “getting in the way of immigration reform.” A slide show presented during orientation for the session featured unflattering pictures of House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).
Isn’t it a bit unethical to use tax dollars provided by some Americans who are presumably Republicans to advance the cause of the Democratic Party?
As Noah Rothman of Hot Air notes, the mask has slipped:
Immigration activists stop pretending it’s not about more Democratic voters
Americans do not support President Barack Obama’s executive actions which are designed to create legal status for millions of illegal immigrants. Not only do the president’s actions fail to accomplish any of the reform-minded goals above, but they also do not enjoy the consent of the legislature. The most tenuous and contentious arguments made by opponents of Obama’s immigration, however, is the claim that extending legal status to millions of illegal immigrants is aimed at eventually creating a class of new Democratic voters.
Citing the New York Times, Rothman highlights this passage:
Joshua Hoyt, the executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, said groups gathered here were laying plans to sign up at least 500,000 immigrants for the president’s program. Advocates also appealed to immigrants here illegally who cannot vote to contact people who can.
“All those children are going to be voters,” Ms. Salas said, “and those voters are going to remember who stood with their dad and their mom.”
Will the children of said immigrants remember who paid for it?
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