Barack Obama continues to refuse to say what he means. He has been offering elaborate justifications for an amnesty scheme that relies on everything from education reform to sponsoring immigrant entrepreneurs (see: Startup Visa Act Shuns America’s Entrepreneurs). Instead of wasting time confusing the truth, the president should just come out and say what he is trying so hard to avoid: the Democratic Party plans to secure its future with votes from illegal Mexican immigrants made U.S. citizens.
The fact that over half of our illegals were gifted by Mexico is being deliberately skirted by nonsense about foreign entrepreneurs and bright students suffering the trials of our unfair, unwieldy immigration system. During his May 10, 2011 immigration speech in El Paso, Mr. Obama spoke of a British entrepreneur, a Marine from New Guinea, and a woman from Mexico who joined the Navy. He offered examples of famous immigrants, none of whom came from Mexico:
This flow of immigrants has helped make this country stronger and more prosperous. (Applause.) We can point to the genius of Einstein, the designs of I. M. Pei, the stories of Isaac Asimov, the entire industries that were forged by Andrew Carnegie.1
The president used these examples to reach the erroneous conclusion that origin is irrelevant:
It doesn’t matter where you come from — (applause) — it doesn’t matter where you come from; it doesn’t matter what you look like; it doesn’t matter what faith you worship.2
Mr. Obama can recite “it doesn’t matter” as many times as he wants. Where illegal immigrants come from matters very much, or the president would not be talking up efforts to secure the southwest border, or telling Latinos that our future is “inextricably linked” to theirs (see: Obama Gives His Chosen a Slogan). Instead of just telling the truth and admitting that his goal is to secure future Democratic votes from Latin American immigrants and their supporters, the president marginalizes amnesty opponents and insults Americans by insinuating that our problem might be xenophobia:
At times, there has been fear and resentment directed towards newcomers, especially in hard economic times.3
Border security is suddenly less a matter of enforcing our laws and more a chip for bargaining with the GOP:
We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.4
As many as 5.5 million visa overstays5 testify to the Federal Government’s inability to administer anything on the scale of the immigration reforms the president is promoting. Mass amnesty is a goal made convenient by government incompetence, with a big payoff of support for Democrats at the polls. If the Federal Government can cope with the administrative nightmare of turning 11 million illegal immigrants into U.S. citizens by calculating their back taxes and processing $500 citizenship payments, then it should be equally capable of providing a path out of the country using the laws we already have. Americans figured out a long time ago what the president and his party are up to, and we do not believe most of what they say, anyway. Why does President Obama insist that immigration reform and amnesty are for purposes other than support from what will be an enormous voting bloc?