"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."
— Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
The liberal-left news media in the United States laments that comprehensive immigration reform appears to be in peril, at least for this year.
This “perilous” situation exists, they say, despite spirited demonstrations in some 80 U.S. cities by marchers who demand that Congress eviscerate existing U.S. immigration law.
This “perilous” situation exists, they say, despite harsh criticism of Arizona’s new immigration law by President Barack Obama and members of his administration.
Largely unreported is the fact that this legislation, entitled Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, mirrors federal immigration law, which U.S. Courts of Appeal found to be constitutional.
In April 2010, shortly after Governor Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., signed her state’s immigration law, President Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano roundly criticized the law, while incongruously insisting they had not read it.
The trio seemed unaware that failing to do their homework only further imperiled immigration reform in 2010. A month after the Arizona bill passed, the president announced that he finally had read the law but is of the same opinion still.
Just how big is the illegal alien problem? The total number of foreign nationals residing illegally in the United States remains a matter of conjecture, with estimates ranging from 17 million to 36 million men, women, and children.
The liberal left and their immigrant advocate followers lowball their estimates of illegal aliens, as they are mindful that 70 percent of U.S. citizens (many of them naturalized citizens) oppose illegal immigration.
At recent demonstrations against the Arizona law, illegal aliens and their advocates marched chanting, “Si, se puede” (Yes, we can), a slogan from the 2008 Obama campaign.
While many demonstrators carried foreign flags, they chose to outfit their small children in T-shirts that read “Future Voter.” Other marchers carried signs declaring “This was our land, before the Gringos stole it.”
Conspicuous by their absence were any cheers for the United States of America, any singing of "God Bless America," any reference to “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
These would-be citizens don’t seem to like Uncle Sam much, yet they ask where is the comprehensive immigration reform that candidate Obama promised to sign in the first year of his presidency?
The president began with a behind-closed-doors immigration conference at the White House in 2009, out of which came a U.S. House of Representatives bill now pending.
Introduced on Dec. 15, 2009, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act (CIR ASAP) reads like another misbegotten legislative initiative that equally wastes time, effort, and money, as it seeks to throw open U.S. borders. The bill was introduced by Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, and Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill.
Early on, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tasked Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer, D-N.Y., to push an Obama-endorsed comprehensive immigration reform bill. Senate Democrats apparently realize that they need a bill that will not infuriate U.S. citizens, as did the failed McCain-Kennedy Senate bill in 2007.
Instead of a bill, Senate Democrats propose an immigration “framework” spearheaded by Schumer and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Note that neither the House bill nor the Senate framework has a Republican co-sponsor, which was once customary (as in the McCain-Kennedy bill).
Illegal alien advocates, labor unions, anarchists, and liberal-left Democrats don’t like the Senate’s immigration framework. They say it shifts immigration policy toward a restrictive Republican position.
In place of the framework, they would placate restive U.S. citizens who oppose amnesty with a bureaucratic commission to oversee employment-based immigration.
On May 25, after a meeting with Senate Republicans, the President, unbeknownst to those senators he had just left, announced he was federalizing 1,200 National Guard troops to be deployed to the southern border. The White House made it clear that the troops were for anti-drug smuggling, not illegal alien border control.
The “smart” White House and Congressional Democrats used this half-measure as a pretense to delude the “stupid” American public that the Obama administration is concerned about border security.
For months, Arizona’s two Republican senators have written the president requesting that he send 6,000 troops to the southern border states, with 3,000 of them assigned to Arizona, which is currently the gateway from Mexico to the United States. Only when Arizona caused a stir with its state immigration act was the president forced to “throw a bone” to placate the American public.
With 2010 a midterm election year, the House immigration bill and the Senate framework are not likely to go anywhere, unless the president pulls another three-card Monte maneuver, endorsing a Senate bill over the House bill and eliminating Conference compromises.
U.S. voters can defeat comprehensive (open borders) immigration reform on cultural grounds, on fiscal grounds including education and welfare costs, on environmental damage grounds, and on national sovereignty grounds.
U.S. voters can block the immigration fiat of the Obama administration and liberal-left Democrats in Congress, a fiat that promises to weaken the United States. Barack Obama fails to understand the nation he would rule.
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