Obama Immigration Bill Just Bad Policy

Monday, 18 Jan 2010 08:10 AM

By James Walsh

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“Now is not the time for partisanship, it is the time for citizenship.” These words from Barack Obama on Jan. 7, 2009, are open to interpretation.

What would citizenship be like in a Republic without partisanship? Currently the anointed-one persona of President Obama is wearing thin. The Chicago politician begins to show through, and nowhere more than in his immigration policy that promises an easy pathway to citizenship.

Obamigration, which would throw open the nation’s borders to friend and foe alike, hit a detour on a Northwest Airline plane over Detroit on Christmas day.

Although the White House will push for immigration legislation in 2010, issues of national security, healthcare, the economy, and Afghanistan have moved immigration into a holding pattern.

Immigration bills, though introduced, will await other priorities — enraging immigration special interest groups.

Immigration advocates in Congress, however, are acceding to White House requests not to block Obamacare legislation. In return, the White House has promised to start pushing comprehensive immigration reform.

White House operatives, such as Jim Messina and Patrick Gaspard, are working to restructure U.S. immigration law, especially enforcement provisions. Clearly Obamacare and Obamigration are joined at the hip. The president can’t have one without the other.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIRASAP) was authored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as the U.S. House of Representatives version of Obamigration.

It is an open borders–open society–open citizenship–open welfare bill that would handcuff U.S. Border Patrol agents with civil rights protections for illegal aliens.

The Senate bill, authored by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and assisted by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., remains a work in progress.

While the cost of Obamigration legislation has yet to be calculated, state governors are realizing that, despite disclaimers, Obamacare would provide health insurance for immigrants of all persuasions.

Undeterred by fiscal chaos, well-funded immigrant advocates charge ahead. Congressional Democrats seem oblivious to grass-roots resentment of fiscal irresponsibility, economic and job losses, and lack of transparency in pending healthcare and immigration bills.

Obama’s campaign for president depended on Hispanic voters who rallied round his call for “comprehensive” immigration reform with a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens and their families based on a trans-global right of entry.

The Obama fiscal policy, especially in healthcare and immigration, is structured on unprecedented spending with unlimited benefits for foreign nationals seeking U.S. largesse.

The funding of healthcare and immigration, however, will come from taxes on the states and on U.S. citizens.

The Obama campaign promise of “No new taxes for the middle class” was pure rhetoric, or did the president mean that he would only increase existing taxes not “new” ones?

The Obama administration chooses to ignore the concerns of U.S. citizens regarding illegal immigration, even though the majority of U.S. citizens are gravely concerned about border control, the number of illegal aliens entering despite “enhanced “ border security, and the growing stress that illegal aliens place on state budgets for education, healthcare, and social services.

Watch for this silent majority of U.S. citizens to find its voice in 2010 and to expose the true costs of Obamigration and the skillfully crafted immigrant provisions in Obamacare.

Promises of healthcare are serving as an immigration pull, a force motivating immigrants to risk their lives in illegal border crossings. Even with unemployment up in the United States, illegal aliens view Obamacare as an opportunity to receive the world’s finest medical offerings — free.

Fast-track naturalization in 2008, the last year of the Bush administration, acceded to applicants’ demands that they be able to vote legally in the presidential election.

Consequently applicant evaluation was less than thorough, and 1.1 million foreign nationals became U.S. citizens. The process was sloppy, and errors were numerous.

Without a thorough vetting process, the country is at greater risk than ever. How many of these fast-track naturalized citizens are sleeper agents for terror groups?

An Obamigration bill, with even more lenient naturalization provisions, could make it possible for 20 million to 36 million persons to be naturalized in a year. The implications suggest “change” big time.

Such new U.S. citizens (along with illegal aliens) are younger than the native-born population by almost 20 years. U.S. citizens currently have 1.93 children, while immigrants (legal and illegal) have 4.3 children.

Hispanics make up 40 percent of the Texas population, but they are 50 percent of the new-born babies; and in President Obama’s home state, Chicago Public Schools are 41 percent Hispanic.

Meanwhile U.S. Census Bureau projections show the white population of the United States dipping below 50 percent by 2050. The 2010 Census count will have major impacts on congressional districting, federal expenditures, and state budgets.

Northeastern states are likely to lose congressional seats to the border states that have escalating Hispanic populations and birthrates.

The upcoming Obamigration bills (House and Senate) demand scrutiny, because open-border naturalization could well take the United States beyond partisanship by recasting U.S. citizenship and the very structure of our government.

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