President Dwight David Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address, alerted the nation to the potential excesses of a military-industrial complex. Today, the nation again faces potential excesses, this time linked to an immigration-welfare complex being advanced by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Now that Obamacare — itself a giant welfare program — has been ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, the president appears ready to tackle immigration.
The White House is leaking information that once the nation’s fiscal problems are resolved, the next step will be comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). This revelation is meant to quell the angst of the Hispanic community.
If past is prologue, the president faces a struggle on his immigration reform legislation. He need only consider the troubles that surrounded the 1986 Immigration and Reform Act (IRCA) and the failed 2005-07 McCain-Kennedy attempt at comprehensive immigration reform. Each required several years of hearings and legislative give and take before congressional votes were taken — yea in 1986, nay in 2007.
U.S. Representative Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, in unveiling The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIRASAP), declared, “This is about ending illegal immigration . . .”
Obama had no interest in pushing immigration reform in the midst of a re-election campaign; however CIRASAP, designed as a carrot for the 2012 Hispanic vote, was smart politics.
Just as Obamacare, despite the opposition of most U.S. citizen-voters, became the cause célèbre of Obama’s first presidential term, so immigration reform promises to be the cause célèbre of his second term, events allowing. The president’s promises, other than those made to the radical left, tend to be ephemeral.
Democrat-proposed immigration legislation will be far more liberal than the McCain-Kennedy bill defeated by the overwhelming opposition of U.S. citizen-voters, despite bipartisan support in the House, the Senate, and George Bush’s White House. On December 10, 2012, Obama declared that comprehensive immigration reform must contain a “pathway to citizenship” with the following provisions:
- Increased welfare benefits for immigrants and their families;
- Broad family unification for extended family, including elderly grandparents;
- Easier requirements for skilled and unskilled foreign worker visas
- Lenient asylum regulations; and
- To appease Republicans, stricter penalties for employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
The Obama bill will provide for presidential authority to control immigration and nullify existing enforcement provisions. Under the guise of increased border security measures, the bill will “increase oversight” of border patrol agents to “protect” the “civil liberties” of those caught entering or residing in the country without documents.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s demographic and population estimates through 2030 project “high” immigration based on flexible government policies, especially if Obama’s CIR is passed. The president’s open-door policy will increase immigration numbers to unseen levels.
The Hispanic population is projected to increase to about 27 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. Such a projection appears low in light of a contemplated open-door policy.
Meanwhile, the black population is projected to be about 12.5 percent, as it has remained between 11.5 and 13.5 percent for the last 70 years.
The Asian population may rise to about 7 percent, while the white population is projected to continue decreasing to 49.9 percent. These Census Bureau numbers do not account for 3.6 percent of the U.S. population, which may be excused as governmental mathematical slippage or close-enough-for-government work.
Just as the nation’s major immigration acts of 1965 and 1986 had unintended consequences, so may the Obama legislation. Democrat efforts to use immigration to “change” the USA into a socialist nation may succeed. An official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which supports Obama’s CIR, is quoted as saying, “We expect a strong fight” from Republicans. This is unlikely, as Republicans are in disarray without strong leadership.
Voting demographics have changed beyond comprehension. Hispanics no longer vote in accordance with their values of family, faith, education, and freedom. Those voting for Democrats in 2012 included young people, ages 18-29, who put aside their concerns about high unemployment, underemployment, and student loans.
Single women voted for Obama, apparently ranking social entitlements above financial well-being, national solvency, and national security.
The most dangerous voters, however, were the social-justice automatons. Fed the pabulum of socialism and one-world communism by academic ideologues and far-left clergy, they jumped aboard the ultra-liberal bandwagon. Among the most fanatical were those Catholic do-gooders mesmerized into social-justice zombies.
As public uproar over non-citizen voting in U.S. elections abates, Obama Democrats appear to take a note from the 19th century railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. When asked by the press about public uproar over his policies, Vanderbilt replied, “The public be damned.”
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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