Prior to his summer vacay departure, President Barack Hussein Obama promised to make a decision about illegal immigration by the end of summer. Amazingly he has, but the decision has infuriated some folks.
As reported by the Washington Times, “Immigrant-rights (read: illegal immigration) groups reacted furiously Saturday after the White House made clear President Obama will not take unilateral action on immigration before November’s elections, nodding at the political realities of the issue as he punted on the key policy questions. With a number of key Senate races in GOP-leaning states, Democrats had feared that action now would anger voters and cost them control of the upper chamber, and had privately begged the White House to hold off on any move to halt deportations.”
I find it quite interesting that individuals here in America illegally have such a strong lobbying effort. How is it that people here who cannot vote — at least they aren’t supposed to vote — believe they possess any right to influence policy decisions in America?
When Obama ran for president in 2008, he promised the Hispanic audience he would work to pass an immigration bill in his first year in the White House. However, President Obama, per the U.S. Constitution as stated in Article I, Section 8, Clause 4, is not allowed to make any laws regarding naturalization — that is an enumerated right of the legislative branch.
So, if this was such a priority for the progressive socialists of the Democrat party and their radical Hispanic open border allies in La Raza and LULAC, why was this not done in the first two years of the Obama reign when he had House and Senate supermajorities? The question asked on the House floor by GOP Congressman Marino (R-Pa) sent Nancy Pelosi into a dubious rage.
I suppose these illegal immigration activists have finally come to realize one thing about Obama — certainly about the Democrats — it is all about one thing: politics. “We advocates didn’t make the reform promise; we just made the mistake of believing it,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, who had been among the most vocal in demanding the president take action. “When the going gets tough, they abandon Latinos and their issues as fast as you can say piñata.”
The probable scenario is this. I imagine Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to Obama and stated his case that they are at risk of losing Democrat control of the Senate. And Reid probably expressed to Obama that another “unilateral” executive action at a time when Americans are hot about illegal immigration and the flood from Central America would exacerbate an already tenuous midterm election situation.
As the Times reports, “Obama’s hand was forced in part by the surge of illegal immigrant children and families that poured across the border in the late spring and summer, lured by smugglers who said lax immigrant policies in the U.S. would give them a chance to gain a foothold here. The surge changed the politics of the issue, with voters telling pollsters that they viewed border security as more important than legalizing illegal immigrants. That was a reversal from last year, when polls showed legalization took precedence over border security.” For the Obama administration it is all about polls and politics.
As we have shared, the cost to struggling American taxpayers for the illegal immigrant children dispersed across America showing up in school districts in estimated to be as much as $761 million. As well, Americans are concerned about criminal elements — such as MS-13 — who are part of this invasion. And Obama, who wants to have a compliant Senate for his final two years, cannot afford the risk.
So Obama and Reid are rolling the dice, and believing they can pull the rabbit out of the hat and keep the majority. But they’ll still try to convince America this has nothing to do with politics. The Times says, “last week White House press secretary Josh Earnest had denied that politics were playing a role in Mr. Obama’s thinking. “That’s not what the president is focused on. What the president is focused on is trying to solve problems” he assured reporters. Mr. Obama’s decision to put off action suggests the White House still believes it can win enough seats in November’s elections to preserve a majority in the Senate. Republicans would need to net six seats to win control.”
Perhaps this is the reason why we saw the Democrat antics in the Kansas Senate race where they forced the Democrat candidate to drop out for what they believe to be a more popular “Independent” candidate — as we reported on here. So we can expect all the tricks to come out — including behind-the-scenes support to Libertarian Senate candidates in key states in order to siphon off enough votes to enable a Democrat to win — especially in close races, those with a 5 percent or less margin.
And so it goes for the man whose promise to be everything to everybody. The world is seeing Obama for what he is, just another politician, and not a very good one at that. He’s just an empty suit full of promises who cannot deliver on anything.
I’m quite sure Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) and other members of the Congressional (Democrat) Hispanic Caucus are steaming. If Obama and Reid don’t deliver a Democrat Senate majority in the November midterm elections they will have lost all credibility with a critical liberal progressive base. The level of persuasion needed to energize the legal liberal progressive Hispanic base is going to have to at an all time high. That means Dems will go into their playbook of electoral tricks and gimmicks — meaning complete desperation a la the comments made by DNC Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz regarding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker –expect more of the same.
If the Democrats lose the Senate, there will be many a second, third, and fourth order ramification for their party — losing trust with their Hispanic base will be just the tip of the iceberg.