Immigration reform is the Trojan horse that Obama plans to use to win a second term. His behavior makes no sense otherwise.
Yesterday he came to El Paso, Texas (a State that he didn’t have time to declare a disaster area, though fire has badly scorched the State lately), and gave a campaign speech, with a garrison-sized Mexican flag flying behind him, to an audience that must have consisted of illegal Mexican immigrants, their relatives, or both. Everything he said, he said to get a laugh, or a rise, out of his listeners. Some prize examples:
They wanted a fence. Well, the fence is now basically complete!
And if you believe that, your editor will sell you a piece of a bridge over New York’s East River. Terry Jeffrey at Town Hall reminds us that in 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act. It called for a 700-mile, two-layered, reinforced fence, and said that the Secretary of Homeland Security must “gain operational control” over the border. Neither thing has happened. In fact, the government canceled the “virtual fence” of remote cameras and other sensors, saying that it was too expensive. (That is a phony excuse. This government has spent a lot more money on things that any reasonable man would say was “too expensive.”)
Besides, the instant Obama said “fence,” the audience laughed, booed, and catcalled.
Maybe they’ll need a moat! Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.
Nobody is talking about carrying alligators from the Florida Everglades to the Rio Grande.
El Paso and other cities and towns along this border are consistently among the safest in the nation.
If that’s true, then no place is safe. Everyone knows how violent El Paso and the whole border is. Ask Tiffany Hartley how safe the border is. Ask those who have seen signs posted along the border, warning American citizens and lawful residents to stay clear, because drug cartel enforcers roam freely and would just as soon shoot you as look at you.
In fact, Obama does not plan to do anything on immigration reform. If he did, he could have had his DREAM Act passed in 2009. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has reintroduced it in the Senate, but with the House in Republican hands, and the Senate even more evenly divided than it was when Scott Brown (R-MA) took Ted Kennedy’s old seat, it has no chance of passage.
Not that Obama wouldn’t want an open border. The type of immigrant who crosses the Mexican border illegally is typically poor, rootless, and for sale to the first person to offer a handout. Such a person always votes Democrat, and fits Obama’s idea of a typical American. He has also read the demographic reports that show that whites will be a minority everywhere in America by 2050. (And his supporters have read them, too, if their snide remarks to your editor in other forums are a good guide.)
But Obama is a politician first and a revolutionary second—distant second. He wants votes, and he needs them in 2012 next, and 2050 can take care of itself. He knows that most of his likely opponents don’t disagree with him as much as party labels might suggest. Roy Beck at NumbersUSA has the grim statistics. Obama’s record is the worst of all, but of the others, only Michele Bachmann has a truly promising record opposed to open borders and all that they imply, with Tim Pawlenty running a moderately distant second. Beck (no relation to Glenn) gives all the rest of them Fs and Ds.
Sadly, some Republicans in Congress have behaved badly. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) actually worked to repeal the Secure Fence Act, so she deserves some blame for giving Obama the sort of opportunity he loves to exploit.
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What almost no one realizes is that immigration reform, meaning immigration control, is a winning issue in America today. Obama could have made a brilliant feint by speaking to an entirely different audience with a different message. That he did not, should warn anyone who cares to look where his heart really lies.
Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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