published Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Still lax on immigration

It is no secret that President Barack Obama supports so-called “comprehensive immigration reform.”

What he and others who express a desire for that particular reform generally mean is creating amnesty or a “path to citizenship” for potentially millions of people who are in the United States illegally.

That is an unwise policy for numerous reasons, among them:

-- At a time of 9 percent unemployment, millions of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants desperately need the jobs that illegal aliens are currently filling.

-- llegal aliens consume costly educational and other benefits funded by American taxpayers. That only adds to our massive national debt.

-- As a simple matter of justice, it is wrong to allow illegal aliens to “cut in line” in front of others who are trying to go through the legal immigration process to come to the United States.

But as the president tries to persuade Congress to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens already in the United States, he is also trying to give the impression that he has “gotten tough” on new illegal aliens crossing our nation’s border from Mexico.

The Washington Post examined a number of statements by the Obama administration trying to claim credit for border control efforts, and it found them misleading at best.

President George W. Bush began a major buildup of border security in 2006, declaring his intention to double the number of agents. Obama and his staff have recently boasted about the higher number of agents on the border as proof of Obama’s intention to fight illegal immigration.

But what they did not point out was that the growth in the number of agents was achieved almost entirely before Obama even took office — and that in his 2011 budget, Obama actually proposed cutting the number of border agents. At one point early in the Obama administration, the Border Patrol posted a notice on its website saying it was no longer hiring.

Under strong pressure by Republicans in Congress, Obama later reversed course. But still his administration has added only a tiny number of agents to the Border Patrol.

That slight increase pales by comparison with the explosive and unjustified growth of other parts of the federal work force. In just the first 10 months of the Obama administration, the federal government grew by 25,000 employees, according to USA Today. Thousands of those workers were hired at agencies that were handing out money from the wasteful $862 billion “stimulus.” Was that huge misuse of taxpayer dollars somehow more important than protecting our borders?

Obama is trying to convince the American people that he has really strengthened border security, and he is using that claim as an attempted justification for providing amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. But his actions contradict his words.

Unfortunately, if Congress goes along with Obama’s plan, many people unjustly will be given amnesty, and our border will not be as secure as it should be.

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nucanuck said...

Obama is taking a different and potentially more effective course of action against undocumented workers. Employers are being arrested, fined, and jailed for undocumented workers. It won't take much for word to get out that prison may await you if you don't carefully screen your employees.

This is a senseable, effective way to control our borders that will produce real results. Hats off to President Obama for seeking out a better way.

May 31, 2011 at 12:48 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

"republicans believe illegal immigration should be a crime"..that's a quote from the new chairman of the democrat party..i forgot her name. that's sums up the democrat party pretty well..scary..

punishing employers who hire them is a good idea.....but it isn't obama's does no good to punish them if you'r lax on the borders and attack those in this country who want to protect them.....entering the country without permission is a starts at the border....they''re illegal aliens/entrants...criminals........not immigrants...politicians of both parties are afraid to crack down where the problem is because they fear they'll lose mexican-american votes.....that's insulting....

as if everyone of mexcian ancestory thinks alike and the majority are ok with breaking the law. paying citizens of mexican ancestory are hurt by illegal aliens from mexico as well..

May 31, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

the word "illegal immigration" makes no sense.....they're not immigrants..they're breaking in.. they're illegal..they're criminals...they're illegal aliens...illegal entrants..but not immigrants..

the democrat party chairman is a jackass.......she confirms what i've always said..democrats do not believe illegal aliens have broken the law....stupid...stupid..stupid..

May 31, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
Leaf said...

Obama's plan is very similar to W. Bush's plan. Does it now seem palatable to those who take a knee-jerk opposition to any proposal out of Washington since Obama's election? Probably not.

PS. Ignore SeaMonkey's posts above. He's always been foaming-at-the-mouth crazy. Doesn't really know what he's saying.

May 31, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
Legend said...

Just remember it was Bush, a REPUBLICAN, who through the doors wide opened and invited them all end. If you all think back, it was Bush who stood at the podium and claimed illegals "do the job Americans won't do." The republicans love illegals for their cheap labor. Don't be fooled by their claims of wanting illegal immigrants out.

May 31, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.
brokentoe said...

They want President Obama to come down hard on what will turn out to be brown skinned Hispanics, so that they won't look so bad when they turn around and come down hard on other browned skins that look like the president. It's all right there for anyone to read. Right there in the bowels of American history.

May 31, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.
bret said...

In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law which made any immigrant who'd entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty.

That's right, Ronald Reagan favored amnesty for illegals.

June 2, 2011 at 1:29 a.m.
acerigger said...

Under the DREAM Act bill that Republicans killed last December, applicants would have had to go through a rigorous process of background checks, in addition to paying taxes, learning English, and either serving in the military or attending college. They would have then received a “conditional nonimmigrant” status and would be required to “stand in line” for ten years before being granted legal immigrant status. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the same bill would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years.

June 2, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
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