Obama and Quid-pro-Quo Immigration

Monday, 07 Dec 2009 11:55 AM

By James Walsh

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We can have no “50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American

and nothing else, or he is not an American at all. ––Theodore Roosevelt

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recent poll of Hispanics who live in the United States found that a significant number did not consider this country to be their homeland.

Although excluded from the congressional healthcare debate, they ranked healthcare as their No. 1 priority in the United States. Healthcare, welfare benefits, and jobs ranked well above national security. Almost 75 percent still support the Obama administration, and 52 percent still support the Democrat-ruled Congress.

In the 2008 presidential election, a record Hispanic vote (legal and otherwise) put Barack Obama over the top in 11 states, led by California. Nationwide, Obama received 74 percent of the Hispanic votes. These voters expect a quid pro quo (one thing in return for another) from the president. In fact, they expect a three-dimensional payback: healthcare coverage, no-hassle jobs, and an amnesty clause in upcoming immigration reform legislation. Candidate Obama led them to believe this with his campaign rhetoric.

In July 2007, then-Sen. Obama, speaking to a convention of the National Council of La Raza (a radical Hispanic advocacy group), claimed exclusive rights to their support, because he had marched in their 2006 May Day rally that was visibly anti-U.S.

Noting that the Senate immigration debate of 2007 “was both ugly and racist,” he promised that, as president, he would make amnesty a priority. On a 2008 campaign Web site, Obama stated that he was against immigration raids, against authorizing state and local officials to report illegal aliens to Homeland Security and against making English the official national language. He was for issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, providing health services to illegal aliens, providing government services in Spanish, federal funding to “sanctuary” cities and states, participation of illegal aliens in Social Security, enforcement of employer sanctions on those who hired illegal aliens, and funding social services for non-citizens.

How then do Hispanics handle President Obama’s statement that Obamacare won't cover illegal aliens? The upcoming immigration bill could solve the dilemma by providing amnesty for illegal aliens: Obamacare will not cover illegals, because all aliens will be legal.

As one progressive observed, Obama is like a Madison Avenue marketer, suggesting much but delivering less than meets the eye. The president has perfected the power of political suggestion.

Amnesty for about 30 million illegal aliens now living in the United States was a major factor in the Hispanic voter turnout during the presidential election. Convinced that amnesty is on its way, Hispanics have moved healthcare to the top of their list of priorities.

What will blanket amnesty mean for the nation? First of all, the nation may get a rude awakening, as to the number of Hispanics residing illegally in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated in 2007 that Hispanics constitute 15.1 percent of the U.S. population. This count may or may not include illegal aliens. The total Hispanic population of the United States is projected to triple within the next 30-40 years, as other ethnic populations remain static or decline.

President Obama has assigned the writing and passage of immigration legislation to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid, in turn, has handed off the immigration reform package to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The current draft entitled, the “Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009,” reads like a repackaging of the flawed Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which gave us the Reagan amnesty.

During the George W. Bush administration, Reid boasted of his intent to pass immigration reform with an amnesty clause and a “pathway to citizenship.” The McCain-Kennedy Act of 2007 failed to pass, when U.S. citizens rose up and demanded that border control precede immigration reform.

Any U.S. immigration legislation in 2010 –– whether a restructuring of previous legislative blunders or a new pandering to immigration special interests or a negotiated amnesty compromise –– will be part of a national shift to the left, unless U.S. citizens rise once again in opposition.

The Democrat-controlled Congress dims hopes for a rational immigration bill, one that would protect the United States from waves of illegal aliens crashing its borders.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congress chooses to ignore the impact of illegal aliens on U.S. healthcare services, social and welfare services, educational systems, natural resources (water, land, and air), and national security. Fortunately, re-election concerns could derail immigration legislation at least for 2010.

America’s self-directed liberty, moral responsibility, and national character are under attack by proponents of blanket amnesty and giveaway citizenship. Meanwhile the Democratic Congress is busy drafting immigration legislation as part of a political quid pro quo that could replace U.S. sovereignty with an open-borders nanny state.

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