Emboldened Democrats push for immigration reform despite wary Americans
Recent passage of cap and trade and health care in the House emboldens Democratic leadership to push for amnesty without Republican and American support. During a time of double-digit unemployment, Democrats will move to introduce immigration legislation before the end of the year.
According to Rep. Lamar Smith-R TX, the loss of 4 million jobs this year could be reversed if the Obama Administration simply enforced current immigration laws and strip the estimated 8 million jobs taken by illegal immigrants.
“President Obama could create eight million jobs for citizens and legal workers simply by enforcing immigration laws. Instead, the administration has cut work site enforcement efforts. It is hard to conceive of a worse time to implement such policies, but that is exactly what the administration has done,” Smith explained.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force plans to move ahead without Republican input said Rep. Luis Gutierrez-D Ill. “Our bill will be to immigration reform what the public option was to health care reform.” Other Democrats who have been negotiating reform legislation said of Republicans, “We don’t need them.”
An amnesty push could be a difficult sell to Americans battling to find a job. Rasmussen polls cite 55 percent of Americans favor immigrant reform that welcomes everyone except criminals, national security threats and welfare dependants.
Despite economic conditions that plague the country, Gutierrez plans to have his legislative bill ready by December 15. Gutierrez admits the Hispanic Caucus is riding high after hearing Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano’s recent speech declaring a secure border and the call of Americans to reform immigration.
However, all the ‘gold standard’ polls paint a very different picture. In fact in a New York Times poll during the last immigration push found 69 percent of Americans wanted illegal immigrants prosecuted and deported.
Another aspect plaguing the effort to legislate amnesty is the fact states that share a border with Mexico are operating in the red due to a strain from illegal immigrants who reside in large numbers inside these states.
Nevertheless that didn’t stop Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to met with Mexico’s President Calderon in Mexico City to show his unwavering support of an amnesty push. “We come from Mexico (to the United States) with nothing, that country gave us much and we are truly very grateful to be in the United States, but at the same time we never deny our roots, we are also very proud of being Mexicans.”
Villaraigosa also said the U.S. must “talk about fences between the United States and Latin America ought to talk about bridges and doors to resolve the problems of both sides of the border.”
This is in direct opposition to mainstream America. “The Secretary of DHS urges amnesty for the illegal immigrants who hold millions of jobs insults unemployed and underpaid American,” Smith added. DHS needs to beef up their work site enforcement as an effective way to give back these jobs to legal residents, he finished.
There is also speculation that the “tea party’ movement will jump on board and derail immigration reform and amnesty efforts. Since the numbers in both houses of Congress favor the Democrats, the burden of thwarting amnesty rest in the hands of mainstream America.
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