There is a point where misrepresentation, innuendo, and truth-stretching become fabrication. The arguments in favor of immigration reform crossed the line months ago, and the president’s July 1, 2010 speech was a classic Obamaesque effort to construct an alternate reality.
Immigration reform rhetoric has been so perverted by Democrats, the president, and special interests that the problem is now portrayed as the fault of Americans who fail to recognize that everyone sneaking into the country illegally is a potential Einstein:
The scientific breakthroughs of Albert Einstein, the inventions of Nikola Tesla, the great ventures of Andrew Carnegie’s U.S. Steel and Sergey Brin’s Google, Inc. -– all this was possible because of immigrants. 
Einstein entered the country legally. Government figures dispute that most of our illegal immigrant population is on the verge of Nobel-worthy breakthroughs:
The Pew Hispanic Center further analyzed the type of work performed by unauthorized aliens and found that unauthorized workers were concentrated in low-skilled jobs. 
Ignoring government figures, Mr. Obama segued from the “better life” argument to the “best and brightest” argument:
So this steady stream of hardworking and talented people has made America the engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world. And it’s allowed us to adapt and thrive in the face of technological and societal change. To this day, America reaps incredible economic rewards because we remain a magnet for the best and brightest from across the globe. 
The president is talking about two entirely different immigrant populations. The “best and brightest” examples he offers did not come here illegally. Given that many, if not the majority of illegal immigrants are in lesser-skilled positions, Mr. Obama’s targeting of the most capable sounds suspiciously like preference and profiling:
We should make it easier for the best and the brightest to come to start businesses and develop products and create jobs. 
When the going gets tough, the crafty draw the race card, and Thursday’s address was no exception. The president inferred that those of us who are not in favor of granting citizenship to illegal immigrants hold our position because we are racist:
Each new wave of immigrants has generated fear and resentments towards newcomers, particularly in times of economic upheaval. . . . A century ago, immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Poland, other European countries were routinely subjected to rank discrimination and ugly stereotypes. 
This is an insult to every American. States and localities are drowning in debt, cutting services to citizens while threatening tax increases. Americans cannot find jobs because Washington has been too absorbed with the president’s hobbies – health care, financial reform, and now immigration reform – to address the consequences of the recession. The truth is that illegal immigrants cost us money, and Washington gives not one damn how much their vote-getting immigration reform legislation will cost us:
The impact of unauthorized immigrants on the federal budget differs from that population’s effect on state and local budgets primarily because of the types of services provided at each level of government and the rules governing those programs. . . . At the same time, the federal government requires that state and local governments provide certain services to individuals, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay, in order for those states or localities to participate in some of its assistance programs. 
States and localities are forced to provide services to illegal immigrants by federal mandate, the tax revenues paid by illegal immigrants do not cover the cost of services provided to them, and federal reimbursements to state and local governments for social services do not cover the costs.  As illegal immigrants have already feigned legitimacy in our society so they can enjoy all it has to offer, there is little expectation that the costs of services provided to them will change once they are naturalized.
The president adamantly refuses to deal with the issue of fundamental fairness raised by immigration reform. Our country faces an uncertain future punctuated by the June jobs report, in part because Washington refused to take the necessary steps to ensure recovery from the recession. Now they are asking all Americans, including those who no longer have a livelihood, to accept 12 million lawbreakers as citizens, no matter what the cost, even while the economic future of this country becomes increasingly uncertain.
On the Fourth of July we celebrate breaking the bonds of an imperialist government so our country could thrive. Our new George III is ignoring the will of Americans in favor of the will of foreign nationals, and it has accepted the argument that illegal immigrants, as individuals, are entitled to a better life in America simply because they want it. In 1776 the focus was on our nation. In 2010, the focus is on the demands of those who want more for themselves. Our government is well on the way to honoring these demands over the needs of those who really do make this country great.
Happy Fourth of July, America.
1..Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. American University School of International Service, Washington, D.C. July 1, 2010.
2..Congressional Research Service. Unauthorized Aliens in the United States. Andorra Bruno. April 27, 2010. p. 6.
3..Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. American University School of International Service, Washington, D.C. July 1, 2010.
6..Congressional Budget Office. The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments. December 2007. p. 1.
7..Ibid., p. 3.