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Obama Pivots to Immigration Reform With Looming Border Speech

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Fresh off the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist, a move that after stewing a few days seems to be rankling reporters and irritating at least as many people who are hands-down excited about it, and facing the debt ceiling with John Boehner demanding “trillions” in cuts if Congress is to pass an extension of the debt limit, and with a Friday jobs report that showed the unemployment rate exceeding projections, President Obama is turning back to the thorny issue of immigration reform.

The White House tweeted: “BREAKING: Obama immigration reform speech Tues in El Paso. Use #immigration to share thoughts now, during, after.”

It’s not all steeped concern about border-crossers: the president has a fundraiser afterward in Austin. Across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Texas residents are undoubtedly hoping that he’ll want to talk border security in light of Mexico’s unabated crime wave.

Yesterday on Cinco de Mayo, though, the president told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus “that he will continue to work to forge bipartisan consensus and will intensify efforts to lead a civil debate on this issue in the coming weeks and months,” according to a White House readout. He touted his immigration reform agenda again last night at a White House event and promised it “is not going to be easy” and will require bipartisan support. Democrats tried to push the DREAM Act through in the lame-duck session as they faced a Republican House and reduced Senate majority in this Congress.

Obama said that achieving immigration reform would require “the hard work of changing minds and changing hearts and changing votes, one at a time.”

In a March Gallup poll, 42 percent of respondents said they cared a “great deal” about illegal immigration (compared to 71 percent for the economy); an April 29 poll showed 45 percent giving the hat tip to Republicans in Congress for being able to do a better job on the issue, compared to 40 percent for Democrats.

Some congressional Democrats have indicated they may not support Obama’s re-election bid if he doesn’t move the stalled reform.

2 thoughts on “Obama Pivots to Immigration Reform With Looming Border Speech


    Since the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act those in power has lied to the US people? Just sufficient laws have been passed, to give the impression that President Obama, George Bush or back to Ronald Reagan, promised to secure fully the border. That they would enforce immigration laws, but candidly nothing serious as ever been accomplished? We need to revisit President Linden B. Johnson, Immigration Restriction Act of 1921 policy “Quotas System”, so only certain amounts of foreign nationals are given entry visas. Its requirements were Numerical limits on immigration from Europe and the use of a Quota system for establishing those limitations. Similar legislation had been advanced several times previously without success. Recommencement of immigration and the widespread unemployment that followed the end of World War One demanded change, lending strength to the anti-immigration movement. In 1965, the American people were guaranteed that immigration would never exceed its then low level of 250,000 annually. Currently, it is at an all-time high of over a million a year and still rising.

    Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, a veiled Liberal progressive killed this law, attributing to the 20 million or more who have settled in this country today. You cannot trust any administration, the Liberal press, the liberal Extremists in Academia or any of the open border quasi organization, such as The Council of Foreign Relations. These organizations are for open borders, although we have upwards to 10 million US citizens and resident without a job. Leftists and equivalents all have their own agenda’s and Obama and his Leftist administration wants citizenship for the invaders, who stole into our country. There has been so much fraud within work visa programs, the agricultural Guest Worker and fabricated paperwork for skilled immigrants who have come here. The 1986 immigration bill has been a failure, but not because it’s—BROKEN–but because the laws were never enforced.

    The laws enacted, were intentionally made to be broken, underfunded still leaving access to cheap labor for Republicans and more votes for liberals and Democrats; legal or illegal. Ted Kennedy played on the sympathy of American Society, when he ardently promised in 1986, that there would never be another–AMNESTY. E-Verify was nearly killed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Secure Communities is not mandatory and the true 2006 Secure Fence Act, less than a 6 months later Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn pushed for “flexibility to choose other options instead of fencing, if needed.” Politicians obdurately vowed to keep America safe. The law specifically called for “at least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, topped with concertina barbed razor wire with the installation of additional physical barriers, patrol roads, lighting, cameras and sensors” at five exact areas of border totaling approximately 700 miles.

    The revolution that is the TEA PARTY promises no citizenship for illegal aliens, or any of the clandestine Amnesties of which there has been six since 2004. The Tea Party leadership will vote out Pro-Amnesty law, which includes Sanctuary City ordinances and push in opposition to such bills as the dream Act, Chain Migration and any Immigration reform bills. US Senator Rand Paul, a TEA PARTY activist in a letter to me opposes any citizenship for illegal aliens. He also said, “He didn’t think American taxpayers should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care or other expenses. If you are legally arrived in America you have an opportunity to join the TEA PARTY, as they are awaiting you to stop more of your taxes being taken to pay for illegal aliens. So much more interesting facts to be found at NumbersUSA, that connects you with the truth about the illegal alien invasion.

  2. People in the US do care about illegal immigration. They mostly want it to stop.
    These people who would like so much for Americans to think of them as “immigrants” are not immigrants at all. They are foreign nationals who have entered our nation surreptitiously and remain here without permission. They are not US citizens and they don’t deserve the civil rights that various groups of Americans have fought for over the years.
    Why Obama thinks that pandering to one specific minority will win his re-election when he ignores the will of average Americans is still a mystery. Especially when he does it in ways that are insulting to everyone else.
    If he wants amnesty for the millions of illegal unregistered foreign nationals in America, he needs to wait a lot longer for people to forget what happened in 1986. They promised then that the border would be sealed and after 1.5 million new citizens were made there would be no more problem. 25 years and more than 11 million unregistered foreigners later it still is a growing problem.
    As for the “Dream Act” it is an insult to call a program that benefits only foreigners who are violating America’s laws such a name. It offers nothing to Americans or legal immigrants.
    If Obama seriously wanted it to pass he could make it much better.
    Many Americans are upset that Obama wants to offer citizenship and aid to illegal aliens to finish school. A college education is beyond the reach of many citizens right now and encouraging foreigners with such offers is an affront. Even when they graduate, often they cannot find jobs. In fairness, if it was a Dream Act it would help Americans get the education they want.
    If it was to offer American citizens 100% financing for college at 1% or 2% interest with simple terms it would stimulate the economy, get millions of Americans going back to school and revitalize our Higher Education System. And it would be the most popular program in recent memory. Plus the fact that the loans would cost the government nothing to offer at that rate.
    Then add something so as not to kick legal foreign students in the mouth such as permanent status after working in the US for five years for an American company.
    It would be a dream for everyone then.
    With such a program if they were to offer the terms of it as it stands to give citizenship to children of illegal foreign nationals nobody would really be too concerned.
    As it stands what the bill says to everyone is that the “American Dream” is only for those who ignore the rules that everyone here was taught all their lives to play by. Then only for those from other countries who don’t respect American laws.
    Supporting such drivel is a way to lose popularity, not gain it.
    Obama needs to concentrate on helping Americans to win in 2012 even if he is a sitting president. Making dreams come true for foreigners will only get him the votes he needs if he is planning to run in Mexico.

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