Report: Obama to Push “Immigration Reform” Bill

It appears that President Obama will be gearing up soon to begin calling for a form of soft amnesty wrapped in an immigration reform bill. I think you’ll recall in the summer of 2007 when there was public outrage over the “shamneasty” bill supported by President Bush, Senator John McCain, and numerous others on both sides of the aisle. It went down in flames. Will Obama suffer the same fate?

The New York Times reports:

While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Barack Obama plans to begin addressing America’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Obama will frame the new effort — likely to rouse passions on all sides of the highly divisive issue — as “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” said the official, Cecilia Munoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House.

Obama plans to speak publicly about the issue in May, administration officials said, and over the summer he will convene working groups, including lawmakers from both parties and a range of immigration organizations, to begin discussing possible legislation for as early as this fall.

Some White House officials said immigration would not take precedence over the health care and energy proposals that Obama has identified as priorities. But the timetable is consistent with pledges that Obama made to Latino groups in last year’s campaign.

He said then that comprehensive immigration legislation, including a plan to make legal status possible for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, would be a priority in his first year in office. Latino voters turned out strongly for Obama in the election.

“He intends to start the debate
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this year,” Munoz said.

Polarizing issue

But with the economy seriously ailing, advocates on different sides of the debate said immigration could become a polarizing issue for Obama in a year when he has many other major battles to fight.

Opponents, mainly Republicans, say they will seek to mobilize popular outrage against any effort to legalize unauthorized immigrant workers while so many Americans are out of jobs.

Democratic legislative aides said opening a full-fledged debate this year on immigration, particularly with health care as a looming priority, could weigh down the president’s domestic agenda.

The White House is calculating that public support for fixing the immigration system, which is widely acknowledged to be broken, will outweigh opposition from voters who argue that immigrants take jobs from Americans. A groundswell among voters opposed to legal status for illegal immigrants led to the defeat in 2007 of a bipartisan immigration bill that was strongly supported by President George W. Bush.

Administration officials said Obama’s plan would not add new workers to the American work force, but that it would recognize millions of illegal immigrants who have already been working in the United States.

Unless Obama goes out of his way to make this an “amnesty” where migrants must return to their home countries to apply for citizenship, this ain’t gonna happen. People won’t stand for rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship over immigrants who are playing by the rules and going through the legal process.

Think of it this way. The “tea parties” happening around the country will also encompass a call against amnesty and will be too much to bear for the administration.

Discuss below…. I know you will!

  • JD

    I don’t see how you can send all the illegals packing. That is just as extreme as just making them citizens overnight.

  • JD, what is your compromised solution?

  • JD

    Step one is bringing them out of the shadows. To do this I think we need to revamp the way we hire people. For example adding a picture to your social security number. So when we higher anyone there is a picture on file to reference.

    That way there is no way an employer can get confused and hire an illegal using someone else’s social security.

    Once we have a way to legitimatly bring them out of the shadows I think anything we do will only be a temporary fix.

    Secondly, after we get them out of the shadows, we need to give them work visas and again make sure there is some kind of picture ID. This will make is so if they are not working they will have to go home.

    Thirdly, they will have to get back of the line as far as a waiting list goes. Again, because they are on a work visa, they will have to be working.

    Fourthly, you will have to set a law to punish employers who hire people after a certain date who are illegal but this is only able to happen once we legitimately make it a secure way to track people using some kind of picture system.

    This is my thoughts on it. I am sure there are holes in this but it is a general Idea.

    I also, toyed with the idea that we should have some system like 222-tips where you can call and report when employers are hiring illegals and get some kind of reward, lets say 500 bucks, if your tips ends up being true. This can be paid for by the fine levied on the employer for hiring illegal.

    Again, just my thoughts.

  • Bill Hedges

    I want exactly what Mexico has

  • Bill Hedges

    “Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.”

    http://illegalaliensmustgo.blogspot.com/2007/02/immigration-reform-lets-try-mexicos.html

    But Mexico feels we should be nice to our illegals.
    …..

    Legal aliens must follow rules

    •” In Mexico legally;

    • Have the means to sustain themselves economically;

    • Not destined to be burdens on society;

    • Of economic and social benefit to society;

    • Of good character and have no criminal records; and

    • Contributors to the general well being of the nation.

    “The law also ensures that:

    • Authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;

    • Foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;

    • Foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;

    • Foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;

    • Foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;

    • Those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.”

    Obama illegal resident should have to leave by such laws here. Instead of on government aid.

  • Bill Hedges
  • Babs

    JD, they are already out of the shadows, and into the shadows of the government system. They all get free health care, and anything else they want. They’re arrested and turned loose every day. I say they go home and come back legally, it’s not that hard to do. If my neighbor had to spend over six years in the US working on becoming an American citizen, then so should they.

  • JD

    Babs, They are not out of the shadows. The reason why they are illegal is because they use other forms of id and so on and so forth. The other indicator that they are not out of the shadows is because there are MILLIONS of them.

    However, yes, you could send the few that are cought home and, yes, some of those few are left to stay here. This is the symptom of the problem but to say that sending everyone home would first require you to locate them all. Secondly, the logistics of this would be outrageous.

  • Bill Hedges

    Email from my brother

    Just One State
    This is only one State……………If this doesn’t open your eyes nothing will!

    From the L. A. Times

    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants w orking without a green card.

    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    4.. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

    7.. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
    10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
    (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County )

    (All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United Sta tes ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

    We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue

    HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

    Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.

    This is only one State……………

    If this doesn’t open your eyes nothing will !
    And you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!