Obama: Small window to get immigration reform done this year

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SandyC69 wrote:

Dear Mr. President.

If you want to pass an immigration bill, the first and only thing on your bill must be SECURE OUR BORDERS. The, sir, we can talk about amnesty to the illegal (please note I use the word “illegal” rather than “undocumented”) aliens that are already here.

Please, both the Democrats, Republicans and you, the President must all work together on this issue. But before anything happens, our borders must be closed to stop the influx of illegals entering our country.

May 13, 2014 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

“House Republicans say they are reticent about working with obama on a compromise because of concerns he will not enforce the law”.. That pretty much wraps it up and it’s pretty much the reason that obama won’t get anything done in his last 2 years.

May 13, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:

“We have a broken immigration system, but it is impossible to make progress until the American people – and their elected representatives – have faith that the president himself will actually enforce the law as written,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

So when do the plan to have faith (i.e. trust) in Obama? – Never. So just forget about immigration reform. The “trust” card is used against black (and other of color) folks when someone does not want to compromise/negotiage with them.

What a slap in the face.

May 13, 2014 2:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:

“We have a broken immigration system, but it is impossible to make progress until the American people – and their elected representatives – have faith that the president himself will actually enforce the law as written,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

So when do the plan to have faith (i.e. trust) in Obama? – Never. So just forget about immigration reform. The “trust” card is used against black (and others of color) folks when someone does not want to compromise/negotiage with them.

What a slap in the face.

May 13, 2014 2:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

This is just one more of the democrat party attempts at getting some votes. The Republicans have every reason to believe this president will not enforce the laws and are right to be wary. Like I saw today where the Obama DOJ is going to monitor two counties in the Nebraska GOP primaries. Really, they only enforce the laws they want to. They can not find time to investigate when congress requests them to but have time to waste on the Nebraska GOP primary. Vote every liberal democrat out of office every chance you get, I am.

May 13, 2014 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

Most of us recgonize the lack of the citizens voices in this insanity. So the questions is what do we do? In 2013 alone, NumbersUSA dot com helped citizens send out over 5 million well timed and well aimed faxes to Congress, helping to give us a voice too and slow down this epic nightmare. We can win this fight if even half of those voicing disapproval would just get involved. Don’t get mad…get involved. Use Numbers to make a difference…it’s easy and effective! Get involved before our nation is completely destroyed.

May 13, 2014 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

BTW…this President has absolutely no intention of enforcing anything, as he continues to prove every day. In 2013 alon, over 68,000 illegal aliens WITH FELONY RECORDS were released by DHS under his orders. The new DHS Secretary (Jeh Johnson) is basically pushing to end virtually ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS. How in the world can we negotiate with a President and members of the Senate like this? We can not. NumbersUSA is our best friend. Use it while you can.

May 13, 2014 2:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ever49 wrote:

This issue really begs the question as to who elected officials owe allegiance.
Both parties seem willing to give away our country for the benefit of their political futures and don’t give a damn about those that actually created and built it.
Of all people that do not deserve our trust is Obama – he is more than willing to look the other way on a wide variety of issues, refusing to enforce laws already in place and making executive proclamations as suits himself & his supporters.

May 13, 2014 2:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Matt12345 wrote:

As a Republican I agree we need immigration reform. Then again Obama has shown with Obamacare he will change the law to fit his agenda say for a election. The Employer mandate delay was for votes only.

You can’t trust Obama

May 13, 2014 3:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama is a communist who could care less about the rights of Americans to defend their borders against invading Mexicans

May 13, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

Obama faithfully represents the interests of the Indonesian people, and the Hindus and Muslims of all India.

Obama faithfully represents the interests of the Mexican people, and the Philippine people, all around the world.

Obama faithfully represents the interests of the Nigerian people.

Obama faithfully represents the interests of the Brazilian people.

Obama wants all the people of the world to immigrate to America, and live in our houses and work in our jobs.

With Obama, it’s OK if American young people are robbed of their jobs by the 3 billion people of Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Brazil and Philippines. It’s OK if the American middle class is destroyed, as long as the people of all other nations are benefited.

MY QUESTION: Wasn’t Obama elected to represent the interests of the American people?

May 13, 2014 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ErikKengaard wrote:

“Immigration Reform” is code for amnesty and increased immigration. It does not mean increased border (and other entry points) security. Excessive population growth due to immigration is destroying the working class by making housing (land) more expensive, wages stagnant, and taxes (for welfare for immigrants and their families) higher.
A recent article in Atlantic asks why we are importing poverty. A recent study by PPIC shows that inequality in California is not the result of the rich getting richer, but the result of increased numbers of poor immigrants.
Recently quoted: “Wages in rich countries are determined more by immigration control than anything else, including any minimum wage legislation. How is the immigration maximum determined? Not by the ‘free’ labor market, which, if left alone, will end up replacing 80 – 90 per cent of native workers with cheaper, and often more productive, immigrants. Immigration is largely settled by politics … ” Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang, quoted in Business Insider, May 13, 2014
And yet, some people are buying the propaganda, even though it does not serve their interests.

May 13, 2014 6:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ErikKengaard wrote:

Americans are divided over immigration. The lobbyists in Washington? Not so much
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100593528
There is a massive amount of money to be made by agriculture, hospitality industry, education, tech industry, lawyers, et al, with costs externalized and borne by the middle class. That is why over a billion is spent on lobbying.
See “Our Massively One-Sided Immigration Debate” by John Carney @ CNBC.com (3/26)
See “Untangling the webs of immigration lobbying” by Lee Drutman and Alexander Furnas at The Sunlight Foundation (3/25)
A “small business” technology trade group that’s aggressively pressing Congress to ease key immigration laws is heavily funded by one of the world’s wealthiest corporations (MSFT), according to a Center for Public Integrity review of company disclosures.

May 13, 2014 6:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

@ErikKengaard – Well said.

I just now googled “Our Massively One-Sided Immigration Debate by John Carney”, and found that article.

May 13, 2014 6:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

Interesting. This Reuters article is also running in Yahoo, with its Reuters header. And there, in Yahoo, as I look at it now, it has 1,497 comments from Yahoo readers, almost all of which are very much against immigration.

This same Reuters article linked to by Yahoo:
http://news.yahoo.com/obama-small-window-immigration-reform-done-171148149–finance.html

May 13, 2014 7:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

What is funny is that if our immigration system had been overhauled awhile back, by now we would have forgotten about the issue and millions of hard working immigrants would have began to build a life once and for all. But no, we have to have a reason to promote our intolerance and hatred to those less vulnerable and less fortunate than us. It is a shame that the human spirit of exploration which once forged our beloved country, has grown rotten due to our leaders forgetting what made us what we are in the first place. The growing of America has stalled. Today it is just one huge corporate supermarket.

May 13, 2014 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

Obama is trying very hard to get bi-partisan support and Republic input, but I think he should give up. It is pointless. Republicans are obviously not interested in any form of compromise or agreement, illustrated by their pathetic “we don’t trust Obama” excuse.

That shows that they have no reasoned of credible objection to the bill, they are just opposing it to be divisive, and trying to blame Obama.

May 14, 2014 1:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

4825 wrote:
“The Republicans have every reason to believe this president will not enforce the laws and are right to be wary.”

Fact: Obama is enforcing immigration laws far more than Republicans did when they were in power. Border crossings are at record lows and deportations at record highs. No other administration has enforced laws more stringently.

Fact: Under Bush, illegal border crossing reached a record high, and deportations reached a record low. In simple terms, you Republicans enforced the laws less than any other administration in US history.

So, tell us 4825. What chain of reasoning leads you to trust Republicans, who don’t enforce the laws, on immigration reform, but not Obama who does?

This is where 4825 leaves the thread…

May 14, 2014 2:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
claudial wrote:

I think people are getting sticker shock as they approach the checkout counter. They realize once they legalize them tax payers will be responsible for subsidizing their entire existence. The majority will qualify to take advantage of SNAP TANF, WIC, Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Housing. We already pay for their 6,000,000 children to attend schools (@$12,000 a piece a year for 13 years) costing $156,000 for one child X 6,000,000 = $936,000,000,000. 1/2 their families are single parent.

That’s as much as a war only wars end and children are exponential.

May 14, 2014 7:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

It is crucial that concerned citizens translate their frustration with these insane policies into action. I call or fax my reps about 6 – 8 times a week (including Boehner and Cantor), and have been doing this since about 2007. NumbersUSA dot com is the best site I have found to utilize easy to use and powerful, timely faxes…very easy. Were it not for the daily chorus of concerned citizens contacting their reps, this insanity would have been law many years ago. Yes…the vast majority is outraged by these insane policies, but what are each of us doing about it? NumbersUSA is the best approach I have found in my seven years in this battle (as well as keeping the Capital Switchboard number in my cell phone and calling often…one easy number reaches all reps…202 224-3121). Get into the fight America…we can win if we all get involved. Please…do your part too!

May 14, 2014 10:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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