“Government has a responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders…”
“Many businesses work to comply with the law every day.”
“And we here in Washington work tirelessly to undermine them.”
“And people who are in America illegally have
a responsibility — to pay their back taxes and admit responsibility for breaking the law, pay a penalty, learn English, pass criminal background checks, and get right with the law — or face removal — before they can get in line and eventually earn theircitizenship.”
Fixed It For You.
(btw, Obama is not quoting the law, but the law he hopes to pass.)
“Indeed, our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others.”
You mean the irresponsibility of human smugglers, the Mexican government, border abolitionists, professional grievance-mongers and criminals? Oh–you mean the irresponsibility of enforcing our laws:
And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.
“Safe”? The prisons are chock full of foreign criminals. Border towns are war zones. Phoenix has become the Kidnapping Capital of the Americas under your favored policies.
Just like with every Islamist attack on Americans, you’re always worried about some hypothetical future backlash…instead of the actual violent crime going on right before your eyes. Just like you say that “killing terrorists only creates more terrorists,” now you say “enforcing the law only makes us less safe”.
“In fact, I’ve instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation.
Having their borders enforced and citizenship laws upheld is a civil right…of Americans.
The bill I’m about to sign into law, Senate Bill 1070, represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis that we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix, the crisis caused by illegal immigration in Arizona’s porous border.
This bill, the Support Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, strengthens the laws of our state. It protects all of us, every Arizona citizen, and everyone here in our state lawfully. And it does so while ensuring that the constitutional rights of all in Arizona remain solid, stable and steadfast. This legislation mirrors federal laws regarding immigration enforcement. Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted verbatim from the same offense found in federal statute.
We must acknowledge the truth. People across America are watching Arizona, seeing how we implement this law, ready to jump on even the slightest misstep. Some of those people from outside our state have an interest in seeing us fail. They will wait for a single slip-up, one mistake, and then they will work day and night to create headlines and get the face time they so desperately covet. We must react calmly. We must enforce the law evenly, and without regard to skin color, accent or social status. We must prove the alarmists and the cynics wrong.”
By huge margins, Americans want their leaders to concentrate on getting people back to work. While it’s not quite true to say that nothing else matters, the fact is, nothing else matters nearly as much.
Just to cite one poll, although there are many, many more: In mid-April, when the New York Times asked people to name the most important problem facing the country, the economy came in first, with 50 percent. Health care came in second, with 8 percent, and after that came the deficit, with 5 percent. Immigration was named by 1 percent of the poll’s respondents.
“The problem Obama has is that any time he is not talking about jobs, he’s on the wrong topic,” says Republican pollster David Winston. “And trying to bring up particularly divisive issues, like immigration, at this point makes the situation worse.”
Besides, wasn’t Obama supposed to have finished his much-touted “pivot” to the economy about now? “I don’t get it,” continues Winston, reflecting the views of many Republicans. “I don’t understand what he is doing. He’s not addressing the number-one issue that Americans want him to address.”
He doesn’t work for Americans; he works for Karl Marx.
And he can’t address the Jobs Issue because all of his policies are job-killers–all of them.
So why are Obama, Pelosi and Reid going forward?
For one thing, the only hope of Democrats remaining in office is by stirring up racial strife. That’s why you see the desperate attempt to label the Tea Parties as RACIST!. Here is Obama’s old boss-lady at ACORN, telling a socialist youth group:
“They are coming. And they are coming after you. Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me. You know that’s no light thing to do — to actually say, I’m a socialist — because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation. This is not rhetoric or hyperbole — this is real. This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement — bowel movement in my estimation — and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism.”
Similary, Obama hopes to divide and conquer Latinos as well.
There are five possible explanations.
1) They’ve lost their minds.
2) They are very smart and know something we don’t.
3) They’re out of touch with the public’s concerns.
4) They want to be able to tell the most ardent supporters of reform that they tried.
5) They’re fully aware that the public doesn’t want “comprehensive” reform but are racing to do as much as they can before the elections take away their power to defy the public’s wishes.
Or maybe they’re racing to take away the power of elections by creating a new public. Clinton/Gore famously turned Immigration and Naturalization into a voter-creation mill just before the ’96 election:
Farbrother e-mailed Gore detailing his efforts to get INS to waive fingerprinting and background checks “…make me confident they could produce a million new citizens before Election Day.”
Gore then wrote Clinton: “You asked us to expedite the naturalization of nearly a million legal aliens who have applied to become citizens.” The risk, Gore warned, was that “we might be publicly criticized for running a pro-Democrat voter mill and even risk having Congress stop us.”
But why bother with granting aliens citizenship? In the Republic of California, San Franciscans want illegal aliens to have the vote. (Somewhere down the line, expect to see the argument that if they can vote for office, shouldn’t illegals be allowed to run for office, too?)
In “A Line in the Sand; The Alamo in Blood and Memory” by Randy Roberts & James S. Olson, there is a story of a successful American family of Mexican descent who come to visit the Alamo.
The father, a CPA with a degree from Wharton, poses his family in front of the Alamo for pictures, and tells his girls of the integrity and courage that were displayed there, and the need to emulate those qualities in their own lives.
He is promptly set upon by a white grad student, brimming with PC platitudes, who aggressively hectors the father. Failing to be put off politely, the sophomoric Sandanista rudely continues:
“You shouldn’t be teaching your kids this stuff.”
The CPA stopped short.
“Escucheme, bolillo (Listen to me, white bread),” he said sharply. “If Santa Anna would have won the war, this whole city would be a shithole just like Reynosa. Soy tejano (I’m a Texan). Mind your own goddamned business. It’s my Alamo too.”
And so it is. I’d gladly trade a hundred of those grad students for one of those Tejanos.
By all means, be an American. But do it right. For all our sakes.