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Obama reverses stance on immigration (again ?)

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posted on May, 11 2009 @ 10:44 AM
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Despite his promises to Hispanic groups and his campaign pledges, Obama is now reverting to the immigration policies of Bush and McCain.


On the thorniest of political issues, President Obama has embraced the enforcement-first position on immigration that he criticized during last year's presidential campaign, and he now says he can't move forward with the type of comprehensive bill he wants until voters are convinced that the borders can be enforced.

Having already backed off his pledge to have an immigration bill this year, Mr. Obama boosted his commitment to enforcement in the budget released Thursday. The spending blueprint calls for extra money to build an employee-verification system and to pay for more personnel and equipment to patrol the border.

washingtontimes.com...

This is similar to the positions of President George W. Bush, Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

"If the American people don't feel like you can secure the borders," Mr. Obama said at his press conference last week, "then it's hard to strike a deal that would get people out of the shadows and on a pathway to citizenship who are already here, because the attitude of the average American is going to be, 'Well, you're just going to have hundreds of thousands of more coming in each year.' "

Obama, who during the campaign repeatedly called the issue a 'top priority', is uncertain how to move forward.

So far he has kept the support of immigrant rights groups who believe he's still committed to a bill that would legalize most illegal immigrants. Immigrant rights groups who have been harshly critical of calls for enforcement first.

Last summer Obama said stepped-up enforcement had to be coupled with giving legal status and a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants.
He also told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that comprehensive immigration - the term backers use for a law that includes legalizing illegal immigrants - would be "a priority I will pursue from my very first day."

Promises, promises.

For a real-world alternative with enforcement AND assimilation:

"Illegal Immigrants, Mexico, and Immigration Reform"
www.abovetopsecret.com...


deny ignorance

jw




posted on May, 11 2009 @ 11:06 AM
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Nothing of any real substance will be done to curb illegal immigration.



posted on May, 11 2009 @ 11:20 AM
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Originally posted by Anonymous Avatar
Nothing of any real substance will be done to curb illegal immigration.


Too many potential "constituents," no?

I don't think they can slip this one by through an administrative agency, so it will languish. BHO will string along the Hispanic supporters by talking about reform, but doing nothing.

How can he blame Bush or Republicans for his own indecision and inaction? That has a high priority on his 'to-do list, I'd bet.

jw



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