By Greg Campbell
As Americans prepare for choppy waters ahead amidst debates over executive control over the debt ceiling and the president’s role in enacting gun control measures via executive orders, President Obama added another log onto the fire of tumult in American politics as he has come out swinging on the issue of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
In a brief respite from campaigning for stricter gun control policies, Obama flew to Las Vegas to discuss his support for a general amnesty plan for millions of illegals.
While fully admitting that illegal immigrants have broken the law by cutting ahead of those who wait to immigrate legally, Obama claimed that since they’re here, there should be no consequences for the crimes.
“Right now, we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; 11 million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows. Yes, they broke the rules. They crossed the border illegally. Maybe they overstayed their visas. Those are facts. Nobody disputes them. But these 11 million men and women are now here. Many of them have been here for years. And the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble. They’re contributing members of the community. They’re looking out for their families. They’re looking out for their neighbors. They’re woven into the fabric of our lives.”
Obama spoke to a largely Hispanic audience and was met with chants of, “Sí se puede! Sí se puede!”- A Spanish equivalent to Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign’s slogan, “Yes, we can,” and a slogan coined by Cesar Chavez.
Obama’s immigration stance has received criticism for his unwillingness to embrace the outlining principles of a bipartisan immigration reform deal announced by eight Senators the day before. The immigration reform policy championed by both Democrats and Republicans but reportedly rejected by President Obama calls for a streamlining of a path to legal citizenship while simultaneously strengthening the protection on the border and enforcement of immigration laws.
The Editor of Breitbart News, Ben Shapiro, noted,
“While Obama paid lip service to the notion that illegal immigrants would have to pass ‘a background check, pay taxes, pay a penalty, learn English, and then go to the back of the line,’ Obama added this crucial proviso: ‘if you are a citizen, you shouldn’t have to wait years before your family is able to join you in America.’ In other words, once we get this wave of illegal immigrants signed up, they get to immediately sponsor their families. And by families, Obama reportedly includes same-sex lovers.
And above all, Obama kept saying, we must do all of this now. Not during his first term, when he had control of Congress. Now. When he can demagogue the issue. ‘Action!’ said Obama. ‘We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate …. If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.’
Why did Obama delay the debate on immigration until now? So he can blame Republicans for not acceding to his radical plan, of course, and then call them racists. Obama is already preparing the groundwork for that eventuality.”