Fox News is reporting that the President will be unveiling a plan to give legal status to $12 million illegals. I think that $12 million number is low and that it is more like $20 million illegals in this country. The President probably feels he needs to do this because we know that a bulk of the construction jobs that are part of the Porkulus Bill will be going to this segment of our society, A segment that has been a dredge on our society, but is pandered to by the Democrats who lust for their votes.
The President plans to sell his plan on the idea that it is a “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” according to Cecilia Muñoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House. As is typical with this President and his “big government” plans, he will be putting together working groups and conducting summits with lawmakers and immigration groups to discuss what the plan should entail and then reveal it sometime in May. The man has not gotten anything done with health care or energy yet and now he is jumping forward with this huge issue. He reminds me of a kid running around a candy shop that wants to try everything and takes one bite out of every piece of candy – leaving the rest unfinished.
During the campaign, Obama said that giving the $12 million illegals legal status would be a priority in his first year and Latino voters turned out in big numbers for him. As I have said so many times, the Democrats use the miniorities for their votes and they always are so easily manipulated.
“He intends to start the debate this year,” Ms. Muñoz said.
The New York Times wrote, “But with the economy seriously ailing, advocates on different sides of the debate said that immigration could become a polarizing issue for Mr. Obama in a year when he has many other major battles to fight. Opponents, mainly Republicans, say they will seek to mobilize popular outrage against any effort to legalize unauthorized immigrant workers while so many Americans are out of jobs.”
Just last month, the President said, “I know this is an emotional issue; I know it’s a controversial issue, I know that the people get real riled up politically about this,” during a townhall in March in Costa Mesa, California. He continued that illegals need to “have to have some mechanism over time to get out of the shadows.” I played this soundbite on my radio program and followed it up with my rant about why they are not in the shadows. They are in emergency rooms all over this country. They are in welfare buildings all over this country. I see them working on my roads on a daily basis. They are most certainly not hiding.
My bet is that the President will unveil some kind of plan on May 5th – the Mexican Independence that is celebrated in this country for some reason. And it would appear that our lawmakers forget the uproar in this country over the last amnesty effort.
“It just doesn’t seem rational that any political leader would say, let’s give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs,” said Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, a group that favors reduced immigration. Mr. Beck predicted that Mr. Obama would face “an explosion” if he proceeded this year. and that “it’s going to be, ‘You’re letting them keep that job, when I could have that job,’ ” he said.
But nothing this President does is rational.