I write today regarding the extremely poor judgment on the part of Park Place Middle School administrative staff in their selection of an inspirational speaker for the February 20 Honor Roll ceremonies. As a lawful immigrant to the U.S., I was highly offended that the school chose an illegal alien, openly admitting his status as such, to inspire my son and other students. It sends the massage to my son that I needn’t have gone to great efforts to immigrate legally: I could have simply broken the law. It undermines a parent’s role to encourage lawful behavior when the school courts common criminals. But, it also represents a deeper, and more sinister problem: the grooming of our schoolchildren to accept tyranny.
I learned that this speaker arrived here as a child and was therefore an illegal alien through no fault of his own at the time. I am sympathetic to his plight, and would desire that Congress enact legislation to provide a path toward legal immigration for such people while, at the same time, securing the borders. However, the Senate did not pass the D.R.E.A.M. Act that would have offered relief. Immigration law making their presence in the U.S. illegal stands.
They currently enjoy relief under DACA: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, begun by President Obama on August 15, 2012 which ordered ceasing their deportation. On that same day Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order preventing the State of Arizona from treating them as lawful residents. [“Arizona Responds to Deferred Action Program by Blocking Privileges for DREAMers,” The National Law Review. 2012-08-23.] Later that month, ten U.S. Customs and Immigration agents sued Janet Napolitano, arguing that the directive forces them to break the law. [“Immigration agents file suit against Napolitano over ‘amnesty’ program,” Fox News. 2012-08-23] Governor Brewer and those immigration agents know what I know, and what school administrators and readers should know: the President can no more make law than a mail carrier can change the price of a postage stamp. Making law is the role of Congress under the U.S. Constitution, and it is the President’s duty to faithfully execute those laws, not to twist them to his whim, or pull them out of thin air. To do so is tyranny. To follow such edicts contrary to laws passed by Congress is criminal.
And so, Park Place Middle School, by accepting their speaker’s status as lawful under DACA, shows our children that the edicts of one man trump the laws passed by those constitutionally empowered to do so. I submit this is an extremely dangerous idea to promulgate. I would discourage Americans, and lawful immigrants, whether or not you have children enrolled in Monroe School District schools, to join my voice in expressing outrage and disgust in this matter and insist our schools, and indeed all, act in a manner consistent with established law and not cower to a tyrant’s whim. For, if we don’t, we will soon fail to keep Franklin’s Republic.
Rene S. Hollan
Poor choice of speaker for students