I just have to laugh when I hear President Obama drone on about the GOP, the House-led GOP, being the major obstacle to “comprehensive” immigration reform. If the issue was just that important for Obama, then why didn’t he ram it through back in his first two years when he had large Democrat majorities controlling the House and Senate? It’s simple, because in the calculating mind of the liberal progressive Obama administration, it could wait until later to be used as a battering ram against the GOP.
Of course what the Obama disciples didn’t see coming was the 2010 tsunami that brought about the loss of the House of Representatives for Obama — which led to the IRS targeting of conservative groups because fear, intimidation, and coercion is the Alinsky way when progressive socialists are threatened.
Then, after his reelection, Obama pledged to make immigration reform a priority, believing he had an upper hand going into the midterm elections. My how things may be changing for the Charlatan-in-Chief.
In November 2014, there’s only one question for candidates: do you agree with Obama on not securing our border and allowing illegal immigrants to flood our country?
As reported in The Hill, “Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014. Latino voters, who are the most energized about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, will have little impact on the battle for control of the Senate, with the possible exception of Sen. Mark Udall’s (D) race in Colorado — who is struggling against Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Co) in that race.”
I found it rather telling that Sen. Udall just couldn’t tear himself away from Capitol Hill — and basically a waste of a vote — to stand with Obama who was doing a fundraiser for him last week in Colorado. And it seems that the toxicity of Obama, especially as it relates to his lack of action and leadership on the southern border crisis, has generated greater energy across the country against his immigration reform agenda – even in his Chicago hometown.
The Hill says, “white working-class voters will play a more important role in the midterm election compared to the 2012 presidential election, they are not energized by immigration reform. Instead, they are concerned about downward pressure on wages, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has linked to higher immigration levels. Coincidently, President Obama’s support among white voters without college degrees has steadily eroded.”
“In light of turnout models it’s probably not as strong an issue as it would be in presidential years,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist and former advisor to several senators from conservative leaning states such as former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). “I still think Democrats have fumbled this issue because they allow the issue to be played on Republican terms,” he said.
“Republicans are trying to suggest immigration is the reason wages are suppressed and it’s a racial issue. I don’t like it. That’s what they’re doing cynically. They’re saying when you get immigration, you suppress the wages of non-immigrants, i.e. white people.” Jarding said, Democrats need to “put everybody in the same boat” and steer the debate away from race — yep, the ultimate race-baiting party certainly wouldn’t want to lose a race debate based on what immigration reform will do to the black community.
Well Stevie, my friend, that is indeed the case. Flooding America’s job market with illegal immigrant labor paid under the table does indeed suppress wages — which is happening. It has also driven up unemployment in certain other sectors, especially the black community where actual unemployment is close to 16 percent and black teenage unemployment is close to 40 percent. And it’s not just the economic effects of this current wave of illegal immigration that has Americans concerned, it is the national security, education, healthcare, and local criminality concerns that have the American people livid.
I don’t think Democrats will be going around their districts in August talking about comprehensive immigration reform – and certainly not Obamacare. I know, they’ll talk about those pesky white men in the Supreme Court and how they’re taking away women’s contraception — per the Hobby Lobby decision. Yep, that issue has Americans really concerned and is far more important that losing their jobs, struggling to buy groceries and fill up their gas tanks. Or what about pink slips to combat troops? Or the threats of Islamic terrorism — which is seeping across our porous unprotected border. Or fixing the broken Veterans Administration system.
But perhaps the GOP will be unable to capitalize on this crisis on the southern border. The Hills says “Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a stalwart voice against illegal immigration, has led the effort in Congress to link high immigration flows to stagnant wages but many Republican, GOP establishment, lawmakers have not joined in because the business community — read US Chamber of Commerce — wants more guest workers and visas for high-skilled employees.”
This isn’t a party issue, it’s an American principle issue.
According to The Hill, “polling by Rasmussen, a GOP survey group, showed working and middle-class Americans oppose large expansions of immigration flows. People earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction in immigration by a 3-1 margin, according to the group’s data. A Pew Research poll showed that 69 percent of the public believes the federal government should restrict and control people coming to live in the United States more than it already does. The Senate-passed immigration reform bill, which all Democrats supported, would substantially increase legal immigration levels.”
So what will Democrats focus on for the midterm elections? Income inequality, economic fairness, yeah, I know, same ol’ socialist class warfare bovine excrement argument. As a matter of fact, with the exception of Udall, Democratic candidates for Senate realize that immigration is not a driving issue in the midterm election. Instead they’re emphasizing the issues of economic fairness, which the Senate Democratic leadership has made the centerpiece of its 2014 election platform.
Jarding thinks that’s a smart strategy, saying “If anything, I would argue that you push it harder. They need to convince middle-class voters that they’ve been fighting for them while Republicans have been obstructionists.”
So there you have it America, be prepared for the Democrat progressive socialist blitz on women’s contraception and income inequality. What they once believed would be a winner, comprehensive immigration reform, ain’t so now as Obama secretly disperses illegals all over America.
Of course if you’re a liberal progressive socialist, you don’t want secure borders and will mumble about compassion. But if you believe in American sovereignty, our existence as a Constitutional Republic and the rule of law, well, you get it.