Last night at the DNC, the Democrats put a woman at the podium who has been living in the US illegally for many years.
Ms. Benita Veliz is a 23 year old who was brought to American when she was eight. President Obama’s DREAM Act was able to halt her deportation. Although she’s very accomplished, the fact remains Ms. Veliz is here in violation of federal law.
Political pandering aside, America's immigration program isn't perfect, but it's still the law and it applies to everyone. Apparently, no one is above the law, except people who can help out the Democrats.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped draft the Arizona immigration crackdown law and stiffer enforcement language in the Republicans’ 2012 platform, said that in hosting Ms. Veliz, the Democratic National Convention is sending the wrong message.
“The DNC leaders are now portraying law breakers as heroes,” he said. “They are promoting the myth that Dream Act amnesty recipients are not responsible for their law breaking, referring them as ‘children.’ … When these adults choose to stay illegally in the United States in defiance of federal law, they are defying our country’s laws. Now the DNC is cheering them on.”
Both party conventions showcased the rising influence of Hispanic members and office holders.