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?