Obama's demagoguery on immigration
Another area of Democrat hypocrisy is immigration. Barack Hussein Obama recently gave what was touted as an important speech on immigration near the border in El Paso.
Typically, it was another classic demagogic moment.
Nearly every word out of Obama’s mouth was either factually incorrect or deliberately misleading. Go figure!
Why after 28 months of the Obama presidency is there now a sudden push to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform?
After all, for nearly two years, from 2009 to early 2011, there were large Democrat majorities in both the House and Senate.
Why hasn’t Obama already rammed through his own immigration bill just as he did Obamacare?
The obvious answer, of course, is that since about 70 percent of the American people consistently poll against his initiatives on illegal immigration Obama simply did not want to sign an easily passable bill that would make him even more unpopular.
But now he has lost the House and with an iffy re-election bid looming, Obama is enjoying a sudden bounce in popularity after the killing of Osama bin Laden, but he needs to shore up his base of Latino supporters.
Presto! It’s time to blame Republicans for his own past unwillingness to get an immigration bill through a Democrat-controlled Congress.
In his typical dishonest fashion he talked about hard-working children punished by heartless Republicans, forced into a life of shadows for daring to dream of a better life in this nation of immigrants.
Then he asked those heartless Republicans to “come together around a reform that reflects our values as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”
Pardon me while I gag and hurl!
Obama’s demagoguery certainly seemed to work on the crowd in El Paso, though. It interrupted the president’s speech to answer, “Tear it down,” when he mentioned the border fence.
The audience booed and jeered on cue, “They’re racist,” when he went after Republicans. And it joined Obama, suddenly the cheerleader-in-chief, in chanting, “Yes, we can.”
Obama charged that Republican’s fears about open borders were groundless since “the fence is now basically complete.”
And to emphasize that claim, he mocked his opponents by saying: “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll need alligators in the moat.” That sounds awfully cute, but it is awfully untrue. The fence is not “basically” complete. No how, no way.
As of now, fewer than 700 miles of the more than 1,900-mile border have any sort of barrier whatsoever, and less than 5 percent of the border has a secure double-fenced impediment.
A recent Government Accountability Office study found that a full 40 percent of the border is essentially open and unguarded with well over a half-million illegal border crossings per year.
It’s a fact.
The border with Mexico is an incredibly dangerous place. Violent crime is on the rise and Mexican drug cartels have been caught using IEDs, homemade armored fighting vehicles and trying to acquire American and Russian surface-to-air missiles.
Mexico’s government has effectively lost control of some border communities and stretches of border on the American side are considered too dangerous for Americans to enter.
America’s concerns for “border security” have certainly not been answered.
Especially not by this administration. American citizens have been kidnapped and murdered.
One section of a major U.S. highway was recipient of signs warning people they might be in danger from high speed vehicles and other non-natural hazards to their lives and health.
There are many immigrants who respect our “values as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants” which Obama held up in El Paso. You can count them precisely.
They all stood in line to obtain legal citizenship. So, when the facts don’t back you up, use lies and deception.
America has always prided herself on being a nation of immigrants. Most of us are descendents of immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life. When foreign nationals crash our borders to live and work in America illegally, the American people pay a tremendous price.
During this time of financial difficulty many states, hospitals, schools as well as many other social service programs find themselves reeling and cash-strapped, pushed to the brink by illegal immigrants. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the annual price tag is a staggering $113 billion.
Increasingly, these illegal immigrants come not only looking for a better life but they also bring with them the drug and gangland crime of their homeland. The numbers are astounding.
In the border town of El Paso, Texas, life is mostly peaceful. But just across the Rio Grande in Cuidad Juarez murders have gone from 300 in 2007 to over 4,700 in 2010 according to the U.S. State Department. This makes Cuidad Juarez one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
In Los Angeles, the largest share of outstanding warrants for homicide is for illegal aliens. In California, one of the hardest hit states, illegal immigration costs to taxpayers run in excess of $20 billion annually, according to the Pew Center. And this in a state where the estimated state budget deficit is estimated to run in excess of $22 billion.
While the cost of illegal immigration to the American taxpayer is anticipated to run $113 billion per year, cost to the federal government runs approximately $29 billion, with the remainder of the cost going to the states. This amounts to over $84 billion per year, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. In the states, of that $84 billion, 59%, or $49.56 billion, is spent on the education of illegals alone.
Where do these illegals come from? According to the Center for Immigration Studies 2 percent come from Africa, 3 percent from Europe and Canada, 13 percent from Asia and 82 percent from Mexico and Central America. It’s no surprise when the 9-11 Commission investigated the root causes of those terrorist attacks, porous border security was cited as a major U.S. vulnerability.
When GOP Senator John McCain requested Department of Homeland Security to provide a list of captured infiltrators from “special-interest countries,” to no one’s surprise 3,103 turned out to be from nations with high levels of terrorist activities. So thousands of potential terrorists from unfriendly nations sneak across U.S. borders each year and aren’t captured.
There were approximately 8 million illegal immigrants working in the U.S. last year. During a time of economic difficulty, how many American jobs were occupied by these illegal workers? Well, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, almost 450,000 were employed as cooks and almost 400,000 in the construction industry, to name but two. As a percentage of the American workforce illegals have gone from about 3.8 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2010.
Many experts fear the collapse of Mexico. With many of its institutions rotting from within the country’s stability is most assuredly in doubt. A Joint Services Command report in January 2009 warned the drug cartels could cause a “rapid and sudden collapse of Mexico.”
A byproduct of all this instability is the spillover of violence to the American homeland. Numerous American citizens have been murdered and kidnapped – in our own country. One example is Robert N. Krentz, Jr., a respected and prominent rancher in Arizona. He was shot and killed on his own land and his murder played a large role in the passage of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, HB 1070. The Obama administration has challenged this law in court.
Krentz’s widow, Sue, when asked what her message would be for DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, said, “My family, and all the families along the southern border, deserve to live and work in peace on their own land without having to constantly look over their shoulders.
“For years, the federal government has failed the people of Arizona by allowing a porous border, and my family has paid the price for these broken policies.”
It’s high time to secure our borders, even if it means bringing in the U.S. military to do it. I have always been a firm believer in the Posse Comitatus Act, but perhaps now is the time to suspend it and get control of our sovereignty and borders once and for all.