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Obama Dupes Latinos on Immigration Reform

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Sept. 5, 2014, will go down as a day of infamy for open-borders immigration advocates and others.
On that day, Obama White House operatives quietly and indirectly let it be known that the president was not going to sign any executive order or authorize any administrative action on immigration until after the November midterm elections.
The following day, the president, in an interview with NBC’s Mike Todd, explained his latest immigration inaction, saying, “I want to make sure it’s sustainable.”

The president went on to say that he wanted to do the right thing for the economy, and he wanted the support of the American people. If he had made the same cautious statements about Obamacare, the nation would not be in the midst of a medical-insurance miasma.
Various published polls show the following dissatisfaction with current U.S. immigration policy:
  • 70 percent of Americans believe “illegal aliens” are a threat to the U.S. economy and culture, and 63 percent believe they place a burden on the economy (Reuters News). Other published polls show the following:
  • 57 to 68 percent of U.S. voters disapprove of Obama immigration policies
  • 53 to 69 percent believe that the undocumented children now crossing the U.S.-Mexican border should be returned home immediately 
  • 80 percent believe that more security measures are needed to stop the flow of terrorists across the Southern Border
  • 60 percent believe that children of undocumented parents should not be given automatic U.S. citizenship
  • 57 percent believe that they themselves are falling behind economically
  • 57 to 64 percent believe that U.S. policies caused the surge of undocumented foreign nationals crossing the Southern Border in June, July, and August 2014
  • 66.1 percent believe the country in headed in the wrong direction
Although polls provide a snapshot in time, they are not always accurate, depending on how questions are framed, the demographic population surveyed, and events occurring at the time of the survey. These polls show a pattern.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in August 2014, some 92.3 million Americans are not working; that approaches a third of the total U.S. population. BLS reports that 24.7 million foreign-born workers (a record number) are currently employed in the United States.

This record-high number of documented and undocumented workers, now holding 16.8 percent of all U.S. jobs, represents an increase in foreign-born workers of 37.7 percent from 2013. Unemployed U.S. citizens who are job-hunting take note.
Obama pollsters recognized that now was not the time for a congressional end run, with increasingly easy access to the USA, ongoing economic stress and slow recovery, ISIS beheadings, and general distrust of the president.
Also, Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives up for re-election didn’t want it. They implored Obama to refrain from granting further rights and concessions to undocumented foreign nationals. They feared that such measures would cause U.S. citizens to vote against Democrats in the coming elections.
If open borders and amnesty are as popular as Democrats claim, why would immigration reform hurt them? Does Obama think that delaying tactics on immigration will gain Democrat votes in the coming elections? Is the American voter so incompetent?
Obama could have passed immigration reform during his first year as president, when Democrats controlled the Senate and House of Representatives. Now, perhaps he does not want comprehensive immigration reform, as it might take away his carrot with Latino voters. His unfulfilled promises still got Democrats 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.  
Each year, he has promised comprehensive immigration reform. In 2013, in an interview on Univision, the Spanish-language television network, he repeated his excuses for not passing immigration reform. It was someone else’s fault, especially the Republicans.
On MSNBC on Sept. 5, 2014, Janet Murguia, a spokeswoman for the Latino activist advocacy organization La Raza (The Nation) stated that Latinos wanted President Obama to “fulfill his promise” to 6 million illegal aliens. She also said that “We’re done waiting” and “We waited long enough.” Was she referencing his Rose Garden promise on June 30, 2014, or his annual promises going back to his 2008 campaign promise for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship?
Christiana Jimenez, of the immigration activist group United We Dream, is quoted by The Associated Press as saying that the president’s delay in decision-making is “another slap in the face to the Latino and immigrant community.”
Jimenez is not alone in understanding that Obama is playing Latinos as dupes. Columnist Ruben Navarrete repeatedly points out how Obama toys with Latino immigration hopes, as he plays hocus-pocus with immigration reform legislation. Now you see it; now you don’t.
Regardless of promises by Obama and the Democrats, comprehensive immigration reform is not feasible. In contrast, incremental immigration reform legislation is sustainable.
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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