Immigration Reform Coming?

http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-BarackObama/idUSTRE5380MU20090409

White House sources say that President Obama plans to speak publicly in May about the need for immigration reform, to be followed by a push for legislation, possibly in the fall. 

Obama will speak publicly about the matter in May and bring together working groups including Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the summer to begin discussing possible legislation for as early as the fall, administration officials told the Times.

Obama will present his drive as “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” the Times quoted Cecilia Munoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House, as saying.

“He intends to start the debate this year,” it quoted Munoz as saying.

As everyone knows, “immigration reform” is a euphemism for amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.  During the presidential campaign, there was not an iota of difference between Obama and McCain on this issue.  Both advocated some form of amnesty, though neither of them called it that, opting for “a path to citizenship” as a more positive-sounding term. 

I have my doubts about how vigorously this will be pursued.  I suspect it will be nothing more than lip-service to placate his pro-immigration supporters.  In his mind, the president has much, much bigger fish to fry than to be worrying about how to deal with illegal immigrants.  Although, if I were president, rooting illegal immigrants out of the economy would have had high priority from day one, along with completely securing the southern border.  But, for now, the best we can probably hope for is that he doesn’t make matters worse.  We’ve been down this road before – accepting millions of illegal immigrants as citizens in return for promises to secure the border.  It’s a scam, one that we won’t fall for again.

We don’t need immigration reform.  We already have all the laws we need.  We simply have to enforce them.  And when it comes to legal immigration, we only need to start using some common sense in setting the limits.  What we really need is an amendment to the Constitution to establish a target population.   (See 29th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.)  Unless we know how large a population we want in America, how can we know how many immigrants are enough?

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4 Responses to Immigration Reform Coming?

  1. brittanicus says:

    Why is President Obama pondering another Amnesty, when back in 1986 the Sinpson/Mazzoli bill was made law? It was signed by Ronald Reagan and Liberal Sen.Ted Kennedy swore their would never be another AMNESTY. The Act made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants, requiring businesses to attest to their workers immigration status. The law granted amnesties to certain illegal aliens who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and who had resided here continuously. It was mainly for the sake of 3 million agricultural workers, but once again was mired in fraud and dishonesty. It might have worked, except the next waves of illegal families started pouring through wide open border, demanding even more rights from the American people. So the question simply is? Why ANOTHER AMNESTY? It’s because previous administration intentionally never intended to enforce the laws back then or today! Kennedy certainly didn’t? As usual the American people have been played for fools! Anything that smells of rigid enforcement has been killed or weakened, to clear the way for the free movement of cheap labor. Instigated by free trade entities and clandestine progress towards a North American Union, that represents a direct attack on our Constitution. The heritage Foundation has analyzed the consequences of a new AMNESTY. Which will not only give 40 million illegal families, even more access to government benefits? Then afford them the right to sponsor whole families, whom will end up being another financial burden on taxpayers.

    Unlike the last Amnesty the people are very much informed via the Internet of the consequences, and will lay siege to every Senator or Representative. Just like E-Verify and other new enforcement laws we will try to kill any new Amnesty. We should demand use the 1986 act (IRCA), and strictly enforce its laws as it was intended?

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Britannicus, I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thanks for adding to this post by providing that history of the previous amnesty legislation in 1986. There is simply no better argument against any additional legislation that provides for amnesty than the previous history you’ve cited.

  2. TL Winslow says:

    The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.

    Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.

    Click the url and read the details of the new paradigm for U.S.-Mexico relations.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      TL, merging with Mexico may make the border problem go away, much the same as legalizing heroin would eliminate the problems of drug enforcement, but it would have a horrible effect on the U.S. economy, driving our population density higher and unemployment along with it.

      The border could easily be enforced. All it takes is a little will and commitment.

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