Submitted By Todd on July 30th at 1:41pm
he would do!
Three years after President Obama marched alongside Hispanic and immigrant rights activists, they took to the streets Wednesday to march against him, saying he has betrayed them by embracing George W. Bush administration efforts to stem illegal immigration.Yup. They're mad at the President for enforcing the law!
She also said stepping up enforcement of "dysfunctional and unenforceable" laws is not a solution, and said the activists hope to push Mr. Obama away from enforcement and back toward his campaign promises.But a president who wants to grant amnesty to the 30 million folks in the country illegally, especially one who is providing subsidies to a voter fraud organization that has likely registered many of them to vote, can't afford to not make a tip of the hat toward enforcing our laws.
Mr. Obama has called for a broad immigration agreement that legalizes most illegal immigrants. He voted for both legalization bills in both 2006 and 2007, and during last year's presidential campaign Mr. Obama repeatedly told Hispanic audiences that he was proud to have marched with them during the nationwide immigrant rights marches on May 1, 2006.Just as Obama's betrayal of all of his commitments on winding down the war in Iraq doesn't negate his underlying devotion to being a peacenik, and his betrayal of gays on gay marriage and Don't Ask Don't Tell doesn't mean he's not behind their agenda 100%, and his continuation of using drones to attack the sovereign nation of Pakistan doesn't mean he's not appalled by his own violations of international law, there's no reason to think that the President isn't as firmly committed to packing the country with illegals from south of the border as any other Democrat.
Ms. Hong said the Obama administration is using all the right words about backing a broad immigration bill but is taking "massive enforcement actions." "Today was the one event that we didn't want to have," she said. "We didn't want to be protesting President Obama's immigration policy and Napolitano's policy, it really pains us to be picketing."They don't seem to understand how it works. Barack is looking at the big picture, while they're focused on the small one.
Frank Sharry, executive director of advocacy group America's Voice, said frustration with the Department of Homeland Security is growing, adding that while Ms. Napolitano has taken some positive steps "she needs to pay attention to the growing chorus of voices ... that are calling for reform of current enforcement strategies and swift action on comprehensive immigration reform." "Not doing so could carry a heavy political cost for the administration," he said.Obama's support is already dropping, even before he's failed to deliver on health care. Immigration reform is not likely to be high on his agenda as the bad economy and a recovery made slower by a bad stimulus bill quickly diminish his options for pursuing unpopular policies.