Are 'Immigration' and 'Climate' Above the Law?

David Cavena08 Jun, 2024 3 Min Read
Proceed constitutionally at your own risk.

The foundational principle of America’s government is that it is one of limited powers. These powers are found in Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, One looks in vain for authority to control the climate or any atmospheric gases. One need not look far, however, to run up against the limits this government is ignoring. The federal government’s “climate” actions are entirely, one might say, “above the law."

If the individual “carbon footprint” of an American is 16 tons, what are the logical, moral and legal implications behind the federal government placing itself above the laws they have chosen to break by importing at least 7.2 million of Joe Biden’s "guests?” Why are we doing so if we are concerned about our climate impact? Some 7.2 million people times 16 tons is over 115 billion tons. If the actual number of illegal immigrants is closer to the 17-18 million many assume, we’re talking over a quarter of a billion tons of carbon that, evidently, is “above the law.”

Not only is the federal government allowing in these millions in conflict with their duty to enforce the law, it has illegally spent millions of dollars flying to America 320,000 more "newcomers," each to contribute 16 tons (five million more tons) in jets spewing thousands of tons of carbon. Perhaps this is “off-books carbon?”

If the federal government is really serious about the climate, how does illegally adding this quarter-of-a-billion-plus tons of migrant carbon not place them “above the law” as well?

That was then, this is now.

Perhaps this is “guest carbon,” and it would be impolite to comment on it, other than to note that some members of Team Green are envisioning Personal Carbon Allowances to place even more limits on the citizenry (powers completely unsupported, once again, by the text of our constitution). Limits for citizens, mind, but apparently not for those whom our leaders -- the "Democracy Dies in Darkness" crowd -- have allowed to come here in blantant contravention of the law.

And then there's the fact that Joe Biden -- or whoever makes these decisions for him -- is attempting to confiscate significant portions of America’s lands and waters under his “30 for 30” dictate. He doesn’t even pretend to care about being above the law with this illegal land grab. Do the enumerated powers delegate to the federal government authority to own any land other than as required to execute those powers? No.

All “federal” land over which eagles fly they kill by the hundreds of thousands, on which the cows graze that they want to cull, from which American oil and gas is extracted that they want to ban, on which low-sulfur coal exists they’d rather corruptly buy from Indonesia… is not “federal land,” because no such thing exists. It is our land, not theirs. Back when the Left at least pretended to care about the Rule of Law, they even sat around the campfire singing This Land Was Made for You and Me.

All of which is to say -- Washington's creeping authoritarianism, claimed in the name of combatting "climate change," is in no wise within the realm of their legitimate, Constitutional authority. Which brings us back to the beginning: Is our government above the law?

David Cavena is a native southern Californian exfiltrated to Arizona. An IT professional for 40 years, he has pushed cows in California, dudes and horses in Wyoming, and programmers in Los Angeles and Phoenix. An avid outdoorsman – skier, backpacker, water skier and scuba diver – David writes from Arizona.


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