First, I should start off by saying that Obama’s announcement yesterday that he will stop the deportation of young illegal immigrants is not a policy at all. It’s a very politicized temporary thing meant to be kept on at least until the election is over. President Obama himself characterized his announcement as follows:
“It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure.”
Tell me, Mr. President, if this is such an easy and temporary measure to put in place (a band-aid solution), why did you wait until just now, with 87.5% of your term complete, to announce it? The Obama camp isn’t denying that the move is politically motivated at all, but they are also trying to spin it as “simply the right thing to do.” If the President’s benevolence is all that’s behind this, why wait so long (that is, until we’re so close to the election) to announce the change?
Liberal columnist Ruben Navarette suggested that the Obama campaign has similar political motives:
The administration is obviously trying to “checkmate” a nearly identical proposal floated by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, which reportedly would also stop DREAM’ers from being deported and issue them work permits. The Rubio plan would not offer a pathway to citizenship. About this omission, the left was incensed. But Obama isn’t offering a pathway to citizenship either, and yet many in the left couldn’t be happier. Where is the consistency?
And perhaps most ironically of all, President Obama announced that the change was meant to help law enforcement officials focus on getting “those with criminal backgrounds” out of the country.
Isn’t entering the country illegally a criminal offense? I mean, we don’t call them illegal immigrants for nothing… oh wait, are we not allowed to say that anymore? I mean, if we’re for amnesty for some people, let’s just get it out here in the open, Barack. Stop hiding behind “politically correct” terminology and just tell us what you really mean.
I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised that the President is making yet another attempt to give a public statement on an issue and then say that it’s solved. Remember Guantanamo? Remember the Keystone Pipeline? Remember Syria?
Once again, Navarette does a good job summing up what’s really going on here. Maybe Democrats out there should take note:
In the words of Ronald Reagan, the last president to actually grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants and not just talk about it, Latino voters, immigrant advocates and the DREAM’ers themselves should — in response to this latest promise — “trust, but verify.” And, given the administration’s record, they can skip the first part.