Skip to comments.Obama to Tout Amnesty in Speech Across Border from Mexican City That Had More Casualties Than Afghan
Posted on 05/09/2011 3:10:49 PM PDT by jazusamo
Washington (CNSNews.com) President Barack Obamas commitment to providing some legal status for illegal aliens is reflected in the time he has spent focusing on the countrys immigration laws in recent weeks, the White House said one day before the president is set to deliver a national address on immigration from El Paso, Texas.
In recent weeks, Obama met with current and former elected officials, business leaders and Hollywood celebrities all whom agreed with his position on the matter to promote comprehensive immigration reform.
Proponents call the proposal a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 12 million illegal aliens in the country; critics call it amnesty.
It will reflect his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. We werent able to achieve it in the first part of the presidents term but it remains a priority of the president, even though its hard. He takes on hard things because he believes theyre important to get done. Hard things often need bipartisan support.
One thing I would note, Carney continued, is there was bipartisan support at the highest levels of the Republican Party including the president, George W. Bush, including Sen. John McCain, the Republican Partys nominee in 2008.
The proposal has even less support today, however, with McCain and other Republicans having largely reversed themselves on the issue.
Obama is likely less concerned about pushing the proposal than about appealing to a political base in the lead up to his 2012 reelection campaign, says Bob Dane, spokesman for the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, a pro-border enforcement group.
If Bush couldnt get an amnesty bill passed, any bipartisan consensus for an amnesty bill now is not possible, Dane told CNSNews.com.
Dane wondered why the president has only talked about the matter with people who already agree with him.
Where are the true stakeholders in immigration policy the American people? he asked. They will pay the cost for immigration policy, but they dont have a seat at the table with the far-left, big business and special interests.
Obama will visit El Paso Tuesday to deliver remarks about immigration reform, before traveling to Austin for two fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee.
El Paso is one of nine Border Patrol sectors along the almost 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, running from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. Located directly across from the Mexican city of Juarez, it has been among the more dangerous border areas in recent years.
Carney declined to say whether Obama would raise any new aspects during the visit. He did indicate that border security would be on the agenda but not border security alone.
The number of border agents today is double what it was in 2004, he said. Weve got triple the number of intelligence analysts working the boarder. Weve deployed unmanned aerial vehicles that now patrol the border from Texas to California. We are screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments to seize guns and money going south, even as we go after drugs coming north.
Carney also stressed the economic impact of immigration.
It is simply foolish as a matter of policy when we think about global competition, economic competition that we face in the 21st Century, to educate some of the smartest, most creative entrepreneurial young people from around the world in our universities, the finest in the world, and then not let them stay and start businesses to launch startups, to create jobs in America, he said.
[New York] Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg noted this fact in recent years over 25 percent of high tech startups in the United States were founded by immigrants. Weve been deporting 50,000 jobs.
>> He takes on hard things because he believes theyre important to get done. Hard things often need bipartisan support.<<
He takes on hard things because he needs support from the rear-guard.
The Won refuses to enforce the laws of the United States.....good impeachment fodder.
The press should pillory him...but who is holding their breath?
Maybe Al Qaeda will show up at El Paso.
The enemedia will be stumping with and for him and his amnesty plan, we can bet on it.
I don’t care if he did kill Osama Bin laden and I don’t care if he managed to produce some BS birth cerificate, he’s are an enemy of the state and has to go. The tea party needs to prepare to shut down the government. DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING!
Amnesty goes well with the Obama Abomination’s chant of racism.
Bush is retired and McCain's positions have been repudiated. He barely beat a local talk show host in his 2008 re-election bid, and that was in the GOP primary!
So, the actual leaders of the GOP at this time are Boehner and McConnell. McCain has never been elected to the leadership. Is Carney just stupid (wasn't he a video-game developer or something?) or is he purposefully putting down the GOP leadership?
Or course, he could talk about some of the possible nominees who will challenge Obama. How about Trump? Too blunt. OK, Palin? Oh, not much softer after all.
Yeah, Carney's got a tough job, but that doesn't excuse his poor performance in it.
Why are my tax dollars being used to screen goods being shipped out of the United States? Does mexico screen all of their northbound rail shipments? /rhetorical
No one is saying just what happens when these illegals get legal. I’ll tell you. EVERY one of them with old relatives will immediately take steps to import them AND get them working just long enough to get the minimum number of SS qualified quarters and get them on SS! That’s what. You think baby boomers are gonna cause a problem? You ain’t seen nothin yet.
I wonder why he doesn’t go jet skiing on Falcon Lake?
Good cop bad cop....As the audience of fools applauds as the political frauds like masked wrestlers, perform their choreographed and rehearsed moves.
World Order, no borders, no nationalism, global economy forcing America into decline, bigger government, easier to control, all while diluting and fragmenting the American people with tens of millions of foreigners, illegal or otherwise.
Exactly. That 12, 15 or 20 million illegals now could easily double or triple in a few years.
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Is you is or is you ain't?
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Zero! No amnesty!
These people talk like Mexico’s best and brightest are sneaking over the border.
Quite the contrary, they are the poor, illiterate dregs of society and they are a drag on ours no matter how many motel rooms need cleaning and lawns need mowing. If we get our immigration and welfare policies in order, there would be plenty of unemployed Americans who would do those jobs if it was a choice between working in a menial job and starving.
The ONLY thing that illegals should be given is a blindfold and a cigarette....OR A BUS TICKET BACK....that’s THEIR choices in a REAL America.
Gaffer they don’t even have to work. If they are elderly they will simply get SSI. No joke.
Well said, and you’re exactly right.
Other countries best and brightest come here legally through our legal process.
Don’t we have enough “best and brightest” Americans?
“Quite the contrary, they are the poor, illiterate dregs of society and they are a drag on ours no matter how many motel rooms need cleaning”
You are exactly right. Most Mexicans have less than 6 years of education. They can barely read and write in Spanish.
Political posturing for the Hispanic vote. It also keeps the corporate media types happy who seem to all think amnesty is a great idea. This thing is dead on arrival. They couldn’t ram it through when they had complete control (RINO’s in mid 90’s, Progressives in 2008). Could you imagine the political fallout? For every vote they would pick up it would be canceled out by irate jobless citizens.
Hollywood Celebrities....those that lie for a living...how appropriate.
This punk pos Erkel Mugabe has got to go....come on 2012.
“Dont we have enough best and brightest Americans?”
I just finished reading a great article on that and it seems we lack postgraduate study in tough fields like math and science.
You are right.
This agenda will be implemented via incrementalism... The "Dream Act", the de facto amnesty by failure to deport illegal aliens, the creation of scholarships for illegal aliens, state tuition for illegal aliens, etc.
Eventually, the illegal aliens will marry US citizens, or their US-born children will sponsor them
I seriously hope you’re right and have a hunch you are but if not, it’s really scary.
He is an evil bastard.
Amen to that!
Amnesty on the way via executive order?
I’m sure the turkey would do it by EO if he thought he could get away with it.
I'm no fan of McCain, but facts are facts. McCain's margin of victory over Hayworth was 24 points (56.2% to 32.1%). That's a whoopin'.
Since it was announced today that he would not be able to get amnesty before the next election I am extremely suspicious.
He lies about everything.
And he went up against JD in the 2010 primary, not 2008.
So what happens when their kids go to college and start looking for a real job?
Here come the Chinese.
Here’s a simple way to gain “legal status”. Hop out of the Border Patrol bus and march your happy ass across the bridge to Me-hee-ko. Instant “legal status”. See how easy that is?
Of the 1,563,000 bachelor’s degrees conferred in 200708, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business (335,000); social sciences and history (167,000); health sciences (111,000); and education (103,000). At the master’s degree level, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of education (176,000) and business (156,000). At the doctor’s degree level, the greatest number of degrees were conferred in the fields of health professions and related clinical sciences (9,900); education (8,500); engineering (8,100); biological and biomedical sciences (6,900); psychology (5,300); and physical sciences (4,800).
In recent years, the numbers of bachelor’s degrees conferred have followed patterns that differed significantly by field of study. While the number of degrees conferred increased by 32 percent overall between 199798 and 200708, there was substantial variation among the different fields of study, as well as shifts in the patterns of change during this time period. The number of bachelor’s degrees conferred in the combined fields of engineering and engineering technologies was 4 percent higher in 200203 than in 199798 and rose 8 percent between 200203 and 200708. The number of engineering and engineering technologies degrees conferred in 200708 was about 12 percent higher than the number conferred in 199798. The number of degrees conferred in the health professions declined by 18 percent between 199798 and 200203, but then rose 56 percent between 200203 and 200708. Similarly, the number of degrees conferred in biological sciences decreased by 8 percent between 199798 and 200203, but then increased by 30 percent between 200203 and 200708; and the number conferred in the physical sciences declined by 7 percent between 199798 and 200203 but increased by 22 percent between 200203 and 200708. Some technical fields experienced a contrasting pattern. After an increase of 106 percent between 199798 and 200203, the number of degrees conferred in computer and information sciences decreased by 33 percent between 200203 and 200708. Other fields with sizable numbers of degrees (over 5,000) that showed increases of over 30 percent between 200203 and 200708 included security and protective services (54 percent) and parks, recreation, and leisure studies (40 percent).
Do we really need degrees in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies?
Probably pick up a few votes on FR for this, too.
LOL! I'd bet a lot of those people are the ones looking for landscaping (lawn and yard work) right now with this economy. Those Liberal Arts degrees encompass a lot of job titles but they're still LA degrees.
Every time one of our politicians promises amnesty there is a new flood of illegals coming in to get in on it. Just what we need, more illegals.
There is also SSI, which doesn’t require any payment in, along with welfare...not to mention we will get to pay one way or another for the medical bills for these extended families. I hope someone has the numbers from the last amnesty that show how many were originally supposed to get amnesty and how many actually did- it was something like three times as many in the end. Even if we supported such a thing, how can we possibly afford it?
There’s a plan, or he could go camping in parts of Arizona’s public land that has essentially been turned over to smugglers.
There’s a plan, or he could go camping in parts of Arizona’s public land that has essentially been turned over to smugglers.
That is because many on FR do support amnesty and open borders...they used to come debate on these threads until they couldn’t stand the heat...now they just ignore those that want the laws enforced.