Obama Wants Amnesty for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants

July 2, 2010

On Thursday, July 1, Mr. Obama delivered his first speech on the subject of illegal immigration since taking office. It was a masterpiece of teleprompter equivocation in which the president said “on the one hand” but “on the other hand,” avoiding any remarks that easily could be attacked by either pro-illegal-immigrant or anti-illegal-immigrant constituencies. He simply repeated the arguments offered up by both sides without detailing his personal agenda.

Once again, he has done the country a great disservice. Polls, as always, vary in their numbers (it depends a lot on the questions a pollster asks, how he asks them, and of whom) but when Obama took office, the top three issues for most voters were:

  1. The Economy (87% of those polled considered this issue ‘very important’). The Obama administration reacted to the worst economy since the Great Depression by doing something terribly Republican: shoveling huge sums of money to bail out the banks, Wall Street, automakers, and other fat cats. Obama’s only solution to the persistent 10% unemployment rate has been to try and extend jobless benefits. Neither he nor his lap-dog congress seem to have a clue about providing jobs, rather than welfare, to the unemployed.
  2. Illegal Immigration (78%). Thursday’s speech is about the only thing Obama has done about this issue. More on this below.
  3. Afghanistan and Iraq (58%). The majority of Americans wonder why the hell we are in either place. They see no chance for ‘victory’ and, in fact, ‘victory’ has not been defined. Even those who voted against Obama saw some ‘Hope’ on this issue. Perhaps Obama would have the courage to get the hell out. But no, he is simply extending the largely failed policies of George Bush 2. He has even gone so far as to increase our commitment in Afghanistan, while promising to begin withdrawing troops maybe next year if all goes well. He recently fired Gen Stanley McChrystal, America’s top military man in Afghanistan because McChrystal had the courage to discredit the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policies.

Instead of dealing with the voters’ Top 3, Mr. Obama spent most of his first 15 months in office taking on health care (24%) and, by the squeakiest of margins, setting in motion policies that will put our country into bankruptcy if the law fully is implemented.

But I digress.

On Voter Issue #2, Obama has done nothing, save for his recent speech. In it, he said he supports legislation proposed by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC).  Schumer-Graham once had some Republican support but, seeing the handwriting on the wall, most Republicans have backed away from it. The law has four key provisions:

  1. Required Biometric Social Security Cards for Every American
  2. Border Security and Interior Enforcement
  3. Permits for “Temporary Workers”
  4. A Path to Legalization for the Illegal Immigrants Already Here

I’ll let you contemplate the pernicious implications of Item 1 at your leisure. Here’s Obama’s take on Item 4:

[N]o matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these laws should be held accountable. Now, if the majority of Americans are skeptical of a blanket amnesty, they are also skeptical that it is possible to round up and deport 11 million people.  They know it’s not possible. Such an effort would be logistically impossible and wildly expensive. [Hey, Barry. Hitler rounded up 7 million people 70 years ago using records kept in shoe boxes. You mean to tell us your lackeys are even dumber than the Fuhrer’s?] Moreover, it would tear at the very fabric of this nation -– because immigrants who are here illegally are now intricately woven into that fabric. Many have children who are American citizens. Some are children themselves, brought here by their parents at a very young age, growing up as American kids, only to discover their illegal status when they apply for college or a job. Migrant workers -– mostly here illegally -– have been the labor force of our farmers and agricultural producers for generations. So even if it was possible, a program of mass deportations would disrupt our economy and communities in ways that most Americans would find intolerable.

And here are Senators Schumer and Graham on the same topic:

For the 11 million immigrants already in this country illegally, we would provide a tough but fair path forward. They would be required to admit they broke the law and to pay their debt to society by performing community service and paying fines and back taxes. These people would be required to pass background checks and be proficient in English before going to the back of the line of prospective immigrants to earn the opportunity to work toward lawful permanent residence.

Washington Post Op-Ed
Schumer and Graham
March 19, 2010

It’s clear both the president and the senators are talking amnesty, “…a tough but fair path forward. [Illegal immigrants] would be required to admit they broke the law and to pay their debt to society by performing community service and paying fines and back taxes.”

OMG! Admit they broke the law??!! How onerous, how humiliating. Pay back taxes? They’d better be paid in full and with the interest and penalties (and occasional jail sentences) that are slapped on legal citizens. Tax evasion is tax evasion whether you are a citizen or not. If your congresscritters even hint at giving illegals a break on back taxes you should be screaming at them. Community service and fines? Right, $200 and three days coaching the soccer teams their kids are in.

Nothing is going to happen on this issue until after the election, except for the Justice Department suing every state and local government that tries to solve its own problems with illegals.

Between the chaos of voter backlash and ill-disguised attempts to bring 11 million undocumented Democrats into the fold, the 112th Congress promises to be a grand festouche.

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What’s the Spanish Word for ‘Chutzpah?’

June 23, 2010

In Hebrew, chutzpah is used indignantly, to describe someone who has over-stepped the boundaries of accepted behavior with no shame. Leo Rosten defines the term as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”

Wikipedia

Now the Mexican government brings new meaning to chutzpah by filing papers in a US federal court claiming that Arizona’s new immigration law discriminates against Mexicans. (If you’re not up on the Arizona law, see Your Papers, Please, “Discrimination” in Albuquerque, and Making Obama Do His Job).

I don’t argue with their contention that the law discriminates against Mexicans. It’s probably unconstitutional. But it takes genuine chutzpah for the Mexican government to even open its mouth on the subject:

  • I doubt that the Mexican government has any legal standing to challenge the law of a US state.
  • It is no secret that the majority of illegal immigrants to the United States enter through Mexico.
  • The Mexican government has done nothing to discourage its citizens from emigrating illegally to the United States.
  • In fact, the Mexican government has encouraged emigration to the US, whether legal or illegal. The Mexican government has published pamphlets detailing ways in which its citizens can enter the US illegally.
  • The Mexican government does virtually nothing to punish Mexican citizens who attempt to emigrate illegally nor do they do anything to those Mexicans who make a business of assisting illegal emigrants.

Mexico is out of control. It is run by drug lords, a corrupt army, corrupt police forces, and a corrupt government. It hangs like a tick on the underbelly of the US draining our country of resources at every opportunity. Their reaction to the Arizona law is akin to a tick complaining because too many people are using an insect repellent.

In their ‘friend of the court’ brief the Mexican government complained that “Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention.”

I may be wrong here but it seems to me that Arizona passed the law precisely because they are tired of Mexican citizens “visiting” Arizona and then hanging around indefinitely.

Cajones is a possible Spanish translation of chutzpah, but it really lacks the richness of the Hebrew word.


Does Politics Make You Corrupt or Is Corruption a Prerequisite for Politics?

November 25, 2009

“In the surest sign yet that the … former CNN talker seriously plans to enter politics, Lou Dobbs has already flip-flopped on the question of amnesty for people illegally living in this country.”

Andrew Malcolm
Los Angeles Times

In a single sentence, Andrew Malcolm may well have captured the essence of the corruption inherent in American politics. Read the sentence above again. It’s too important to miss. …I’ll wait…

Here it is again, rephrased as a general axiom:

If someone dramatically alters his views on an issue overnight, he’s planning on going into politics (or is already there).

Lou Dobbs

You know Lou Dobbs. Until a few weeks ago he was CNN’s token conservative newsreader.

At least for conservatives, the pinnacle of Mr. Dobbs’ career occurred on May 23, 2007 when he reported on an immigration bill that was grinding its way through congress. House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio publicly had called the bill “a piece of shit.”

Rep John Boehner

Cleaning up the language for the kiddies, Mr. Dobbs reported this on CNN and then went on to explain in detail why the bill was, in fact, “a piece of shit.” (The bill, introduced during the Bush administration, eventually died but the Obama gang has vowed to introduce its own immigration piece of shit as soon as it has finished with its health care piece of shit and its Afghanistan piece of shit).

Dobbs’ video became a YouTube classic but offended the Hispanic community for the usual reasons. They took objection to his less than sympathetic references to things like no back taxes, amnesty for everybody including gang members, permanent temporary visas, in-state school tuition for illegals, and on and on.

On November 11 this year Dobbs announced he was leaving CNN. Apparently he was too “radical” for the Atlanta liberals and it was mutually agreed that he would depart. Almost immediately he announced that he was considering a run either for the senate or the presidency.

His first official act as a potential candidate was radically to change his position on one of the key issues in American politics: illegal immigration.

Piece of Shit

Last Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Maria Celeste of the Spanish-language network Telemundo that he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers. He went on to tell Celeste, “Whatever you have thought of me in the past, I can tell you right now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together.”

Mr. Dobbs has a plan to grant amnesty to as many as 12 million illegal immigrants in the US, saying that “we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions.”

So here’s today’s 10-point toss-up question: Do you have to be corrupt to go into politics or does going into politics make you corrupt?

Did Lou have an epiphany? Did the angel Gabriel, (or Moroni, or Steve) appear to him in the night saying, “Loouuu… you were wrong about illegal immigration. It’s good for America. Repent and confess your sins on Telemundo.”

Or did a political consultant whisper in Lou’s ear, “Lou, baby, the Democrats have already done the leg work. They’ve registered millions of illegal voters. All you gotta do is persuade them your mother was Haitian.”