Obama: We’ll tackle immigration in 2010

posted at 10:55 am on August 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

At first, the White House announcement that they would push for immigration reform in 2010 seemed very counterintuitive.  After all, Barack Obama’s health-care reform package has stalled in Congress and split his party along ideological grounds, and unified the Republicans against the White House.  Obama also has his cap-and-trade package stuck between the House and Senate, which has split the Democrats on regional as well as ideological grounds and probably won’t get through the Senate this year, if at all.  Isn’t it crazy to follow those with another highly divisive political issue, certain to raise voices and blood pressure in town halls across America?

Sure — crazy like a fox:

President Obama, attending a North American summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, said Monday that his administration will pursue a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system this year but that no action on legislation will happen before 2010.

Wrapping up the two-day meeting, Obama said that there needs to be “a pathway to citizenship” for millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, and that the system must be reworked to avoid tensions with Mexico. Without it, he said, Mexicans will keep crossing the border in dangerous ways and employers will continue exploiting workers.

“We can create a system in which you have . . . an orderly process for people to come in, but we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows,” Obama said during an hour-long news conference at the Cabañas Cultural Center in downtown Guadalajara. “Am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done? No. This is going to be difficult.”

The president said he expects draft legislation and sponsors by the end of the year, but no action until 2010 because of more pressing issues, including health-care reform, energy legislation and financial regulatory changes.

In a way, I have to admire the genius of this strategy.  In fact, it might be exactly what Obama and the Democrats need in 2010 to rescue themselves from what looks like a disastrous midterm election, although I doubt it will be enough.

Until now, Obama has played on his own field, in a sense.  Imposing government control on the health-care and energy industries always had more risk for Democrats and opportunities for unity for the GOP.  Obama clearly underestimated how badly ObamaCare would split his party, and I’d bet he got surprised by the Senate’s decision to table cap-and-trade this summer as well.  Still, Obama had to know that these issues would create at least some ideological and regional tensions (especially the latter on cap-and-trade) before launching full-court presses to get both passed quickly this summer.

If Obama takes up immigration reform in 2010, he turns the tables.  While the Democrats don’t exactly have unity on this issue — there will be some Blue Dog and regional resistance to any amnesty program — it splits the GOP as badly as cap-and-trade splits the Democrats.  In 2006 and 2007, Democrats had a much more unified approach to the issue, while Republicans fractured.  If Obama can recreate 2006-7 in 2010, he can sap the enthusiasm for Republican election efforts that have built in 2009, solidify his hold on the Hispanic vote, and create enough disarray to hold majorities in both chambers of Congress.  Whether a bill actually gets passed will be immaterial, or at least secondary, to the electoral strategy.

Can Republicans keep from splitting on immigration reform?  One strategy would be to keep ObamaCare and cap-and-trade from passing until 2010.  Obama would either have to abandon one or both of those to get to immigration reform, or he would have to let immigration reform slip to 2011 or beyond.  Another strategy, made easier with George Bush out of the way, would be to insist on a borders-first approach that delays the consideration of tougher questions about how to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.  In 2007, even the reform advocates in the GOP had to agree to that approach in the face of withering criticism not unlike what we see today from the ObamaCare debate.  Some Democrats, especially the Blue Dogs worrying about their chances for re-election, will want to follow that same approach, which would make moving anything else significant in 2010 almost impossible.

In the end, the Blue Dogs will not follow where Obama leads, which is why this strategy — while intriguing and bold — will probably fail.  Most of them represent conservative districts, and most of them had to pledge to oppose amnesty in order to replace Republicans who had represented the districts before 2006.  They can’t vote for amnesty in the summer and expect to return to Washington in the winter.  But even if it stalls, the infighting among Republicans could do enough damage to keep the House in Democratic hands for another session.

Update: Jim Geraghty: “Boy, if you’re a Blue Dog, you must just love this administration right about now.”


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an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows

Living in the shadows?

Where I live there must be shadows everywhere 24/7.

Illegal immigrants are everywhere. They get access to schools, free meals, healthcare, etc.

I wish I lived in their shadows.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Why did Mr. Obama get elected again? How can people be against everything he is trying to do but put him in office? It really makes the presidency look like a beauty contest.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

We just come up with our own “solution”…Reagan did it.
If we begin now outlining a practical solution, while pointing out the only reason why dems want it is for votes, which means diluting everyone else’s votes, we can win the debate.
We need to frame the debate, not the dems.

right2bright on August 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM

This is not Obama brilliance, this is Rahm brilliance, if it is in fact brilliance.

myrenovations on August 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

That’s what 2008 was.

bluelightbrigade on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Some Democrats, especially the Blue Dogs worrying about their chances for re-election, will want to follow that same approach, which would make moving anything else significant in 2010 almost impossible.

Do you mean like that coward Heath Shuler, who refuses to have a town hall meeting?

ladyingray on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Amen. The only way to live the American dream these days is to spray tan yourself to death and practice saying “no abla”.

milwife88 on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Yes, let’s have the illegal immigration discussion in an election year. This time, lets tack on the costs of illegal immigration to it.

Darksean on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

There is really no reason this has to split Republicans.

We should propose:
A path to LEGALIZATION.
NOT a path to CITIZENSHIP.

Legalization would mean an “amnesty” of sorts…a process by which they identify themselves, pay fines and taxes, and get a green card in return.

Citizenship is totally unacceptable. Obama just wants to give them voting rights. Why not settle for merely “legal”? If he won’t, we could use that cynicism against him.

jeanneb on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Living in the shadows?

Where I live there must be shadows everywhere 24/7.

Illegal immigrants are everywhere. They get access to schools, free meals, healthcare, etc.

I wish I lived in their shadows.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

If Obama raises middle-class taxes, there will be more people living in the shadows of the underground economy.

ICBM on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I doubt the effectiveness of this strategy given the high unemployment rate. This has just as much chance of splitting the Dems if the working poor feel their jobs threatened by this…and I think recently polls have showed this trend.

WashJeff on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Can Obama keep the rank-and-file union members together in 2010 if he goes for immigration reform. While the leaders will be with him, it’s hard to see how he’s going to keep the blue collar voters if they think Obama’s reforms might cost them either their jobs or force them to accept lower salaries down the line.

jon1979 on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

In 2006 and 2007, Democrats had a much more unified approach to the issue, while Republicans fractured.

Can Republicans keep from splitting on immigration reform?

I see no Republican “split” over immigration.

WHO besides Lindsey Graham is FOR Amnesty?

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

“Am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done? No. This is going to be difficult.”

yes, we’re going to have some difficulty with a few kneecaps and skulls that need to get cracked ….

after that, we’ll snap our fingers and have it done.

kneel before Zod–yes, on your broken kneecaps.

ted c on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Obama, Calderón and Harper also showed support for Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted as Honduran president in a coup in June. The men agreed that Zelaya should be returned to power. During a visit to Mexico City last week, Zelaya complained that the Obama administration has offered only a tepid response to the coup leaders. Obama has been repeatedly criticized by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for not pressing harder for Zelaya’s return.

Disturb the Universe on August 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Hell really can freeze over.

THE CHOSEN ONE on August 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Obama: We’ll tackle immigration in 2010

All the more reason to retake the House and Senate in 2010.

MarkTheGreat on August 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Living in the shadows??? Go to any busy street corner in some parts of town and they’re lined up to do the jobs that Americans refuse to do.

Living in the shadows??? Go to any public school.

Living in the shadows??? Go to any emergency room.

Living in the shadows??? Go to any Western Union.

To quote Kerry “Bring it on”!

Mojave Mark on August 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I admire Regan when it comes to Immigration. He did the right thing by granting amnesty

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Politically speaking, you might be right Ed, particularly the Beltway Chattering Class. After all, Republicans already walk on eggshells and try not to risk being labled as racists or such.

However, one factor that the Adminstration might not be factoring in completely is the public. Depending on what eventually happens with the HealthCrap Takeover (personally, I think it fails, although not spectacularly), if they then try to bring up anything that even remotely resembles any kind of “amnesty,” the Angry Mobs(tm) will grow exponentially.

It’s one thing to try to divide and conquer in the halls of power, but I think the Admistration is soaking the area with gasoline and about to toss a live grenade in. I don’t think either side will like what rises from the ashes.

JamesLee on August 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

The more Obama puts on his plate the better chance he chokes on it. Brilliant?

fourdeucer on August 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Last I checked, there is a path to citizenship.

Step 1: Go home

Step 2: Get in line

If you want to argue that we need to increase the number of immigrants legally allowed in, fine, but just as we don’t let shoplifters keep the merchandise, we can’t let those who broke the law benefit before those who followed the rules.

trubble on August 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM

This is not Obama brilliance, this is Rahm brilliance, if it is in fact brilliance.

myrenovations on August 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Brilliantly transparent, more like.

misslizzi on August 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM

If the Republicans can stay on message (yeah right), the proper response is to declare that anything and everything is on the table, but only after the borders are secure.

No matter what the Dems bring up, repeat that mantra.

MarkTheGreat on August 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I admire Regan when it comes to Immigration. He did the right thing by granting amnesty

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Why don’t you learn to spell his name correctly then?

Disturb the Universe on August 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

This nation is staring down the barrel, right now. It’s either The Precedent or the US, but not both. Something has got to be done, soon, or it will just be too late. This nation is being dragged into the gutter of the third world so quickly that it just boggles the mind. We are being turned into a sh!thole like Indonesia – gee, I wonder why that is.

Amnesty is another of those irreversible actions that will kill us. Secession is the only defense that Americans have left to them. Unless some states break off and preserve the Constitution, individualism and deep respect for private property, there will be nothing left of the traditions of the US.

This is the end game, now.

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 11:07 AM

If the GOP had strong leadership (pause for laughter), it would focus on border & visa enforcement first. Prove to the people that we can control who gets in and ensure that those with expired visas leave when they are supposed to. To that and the current issue of illiegals in our mists becomes easier (but not easy).

WashJeff on August 11, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Day 1: Throw every employer that has illegal immigrants working for him/her in jail for 90 days.
Day 2: Close their factories and companies.
Day 3: Deny entitlements to anyone in the United States that is not a citizen
Day 4: Erect the border fence installed with one way gates going south
Day 5: Watch the southern reflux back toward Mexico back until 80% are gone.
Day 6: Put out a call to any legal immigrants who have skill sets we need, technicians, engineers, physicists, etc
Day 7: Grant amnesty for any remaining illegals
Day 90: release employers from jail
Day 91: reopen factories, install north/south gates on Southern border
Day 92: declare victory

ted c on August 11, 2009 at 11:07 AM

If Obama takes up immigration reform in 2010, he turns the tables. While the Democrats don’t exactly have unity on this issue — there will be some Blue Dog and regional resistance to any amnesty program — it splits the GOP as badly as cap-and-trade splits the Democrats. In 2006 and 2007, Democrats had a much more unified approach to the issue, while Republicans fractured.

This is true, but Obama should consider the fact that many more people are awake because they see what this administration is doing to the economy (unemployment: 9.4%; a record 34.4 million people – or one in nine Americans – were participating in the food stamp program as of May), and attempting to do to healthcare.

I don’t think these same (un)Americans will sit quietly by as Obama tries to make 12 million people legal citizens.

While it doesn’t seem like a big deal on the surface since many already take advantage of schools, hospitals, free food, and they don’t pay taxes, the perceived damage of legalizing their status will put them at odds with Obama’s democratification of said illegals.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Overwhelming the system is his strategy. Hell, even Beck knows that.

d1carter on August 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

For someone who has a bigger brain than any other human, he’s just not catching on very quickly. Probably not the best time to talk about another high-profile issue. Who is managing this man’s career?

sherry on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Bring it!

TimeTraveler on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

ED…..I don’t know what Republicans you hang around…..Come to Texas before you talk about immigration reform. You have not seen anything at all until you see what sh#t hits the fan on that subject. It will make the townhalls currently happening look like lovefests. That would be like dropping a match in gas can. I dare him to bring it up in 2010. This is gonna be good.

TXMomof3 on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Why did Mr. Obama get elected again? How can people be against everything he is trying to do but put him in office? It really makes the presidency look like a beauty contest.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

“Hope-n-change, baby. Hope-n change.”

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

One thing that often gets ignored in this rush to CIR, is the fact that our *legal* immigration system is completely in shambles as well. We have people (who came here legally and pay taxes every year) waiting in queues for a green card for more than 10 years, which is surely not the sign of any healthy immigration system. IMHO, the legal system first needs a complete revamp before the whole question of illegal immigration can be addressed. However, considering that the latter is a much larger voting block, I doubt if that is going to happen.

peter_griffin on August 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Why don’t you learn to spell his name correctly then?

Disturb the Universe on August 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

It likes Donald Regan for his low-broad tax stance. No misspelling.

WashJeff on August 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Amen. The only way to live the American dream these days is to spray tan yourself to death and practice saying “no abla”.

milwife88 on August 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

LMAO! (Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go buy some spray tan …)

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I admire Regan when it comes to Immigration. He did the right thing by granting amnesty

liberal343 on August 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

The part you are forgetting about that was there was a deal with the Dems in Congress to secure the border. Seems that was never actually accomplished after the Dems got what they wanted.

Same thing happened with budget deficits then too; Reagan pushed for tax cuts to get the economy going, after getting promises from the Dems that they would actually slash spending. Guess what never happened?

JamesLee on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I see no Republican “split” over immigration.

WHO besides Lindsey Graham is FOR Amnesty?

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

WSJ editorial board, National Review editorial board, much of corporate America, etc.

This is insidiously smart politics by The Precedent.

aquaviva on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

trubble on August 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Spot on!

Obama is just plain crazy….

cmsinaz on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

They don’t live in the shadows in my town. All ICE would have to do is go to the publicized day laborer building and pick them up….

jbh45 on August 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Just stealing the jobs Americans used to have.

tarpon on August 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

This is not 2006. If they could not get amnesty passed in the midst of a huge economic bubble they can’t get it passed now. Democrats no longer have the power in the message. They just don’t. One look at the ratings will tell you that. Fox has a huge lead that is ever growing.

As soon as people start asking questions the bill will die a slow death.

-Will “New Americans” get immediate acces to Social Security Medicaid, Medicare? Democrats will have to back off.

-What aboout all the Social Security fraud that has happened? How will the victims be compensated?

-Will “New Americans have access to unemployment?

-What is the fine for coming in illegally?

-Will this bill end chain migration?

Let him tackle immigration. Republicans know they cannot grant amnesty to millions if illegals in a reccesion this bad. Democrats want to find out the hard way apparently.

Theworldisnotenough on August 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I doubt the effectiveness of this strategy given the high unemployment rate. This has just as much chance of splitting the Dems if the working poor feel their jobs threatened by this…and I think recently polls have showed this trend.

WashJeff on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I agree. In 2006 the economy was in good shape (or so we thought), and most people who wanted jobs had them. 2010 is going to be very different. Polls show that a majority of Americans — regardless of party affiliation — oppose amnesty. That number will only go up as our economy continues to deteriorate.

The vast majority of illegals coming across our southern border are poor, undereducated (many are close to illiterate, even in Spanish), and unskilled. They cost us billions of dollars a year in services (e.g., free public school education, free E.R. treatment, welfare and other fraud, additional policing/prosecution/incarceration, etc.). It’s a cost we just can’t afford, especially at a time when they’re competing for jobs with out-of-work Americans.

So go ahead and try to push through your amnesty bill next year, Obama. If you think health care got people riled up, just wait until you see the furious public reaction to another No Illegal Alien Left Off the Public Dole bill.

AZCoyote on August 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM

It really makes the presidency look like a beauty contest.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Leave Barry Prejean alone!

Loxodonta on August 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM

We have people (who came here legally and pay taxes every year) waiting in queues for a green card for more than 10 years, which is surely not the sign of any healthy immigration system. IMHO, the legal system first needs a complete revamp before the whole question of illegal immigration can be addressed. However, considering that the latter is a much larger voting block, I doubt if that is going to happen.

peter_griffin on August 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Easy transformation:

We have citizens waiting in queues for an MRI for more than 10 years, which is surely not the sign of any healthy medical system. IMHO, the legal system first needs a complete revamp before the whole question of helath care reform can be addressed.

WashJeff on August 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Thank you, Mr. President, for writing the latest recruitment tool for the Minutemen.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Why did Mr. Obama get elected again? How can people be against everything he is trying to do but put him in office? It really makes the presidency look like a beauty contest.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Charm and charisma and yes, his race (even if saying so makes me a racist) got him elected.

Experience, qualification, character, etc. all a very distant second, so distant they may as well not even been factors.

The election of 2008 will always be remembered by me as the election where democracy failed the republic.

Yakko77 on August 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

In a way, I have to admire the genius of this strategy.

Stop that, Ed. The Precedent is a moron. His strategy is simple – chaos. Throw everything possible at the wall and just hope that the US finally succumbs. It doesn’t take any genius to do this, which is lucky since The Precedent has the intellect of a 15 year old.

I really wish you folks would stop acting as if The Precedent had a brain. He doesn’t. He’s a child with a machine gun who is wreaking havoc in the streets. No brain involved. Do us all a favor and start calling The Precedent the blithering idiot that he is. The only thing that allows him to keep showing his America-hating face in public is that no one has the guts to say that he is a borderline retard, which he is.

Get with it, Ed, for everyone’s sake.

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This isn’t brilliance. It’s just more “We can do what we want no matter what the American people think”.

LibTired on August 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This is insidiously smart politics by The Precedent.

aquaviva on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Right.

Its what the public is DEMANDING!

Hey 9.4% unemployment, you know what we need?

artist on August 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

He’s just trying to change the subject. Right now The Health Care Bill push back isn’t partisan, but he thinks American Democrats support amnesty. It is a back door way to try and villainize the opposition. Wait till they tie people who are protesting at town hall meetings to – they are the same people who are anti immigrant. Of course that isn’t true but every step of the way they want to paint the opposition as Elderly White RACIST SEE MSDNC. Do the majority of people know when they are being manipulated by the government and the media?

Dr Evil on August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

AZCoyote on August 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM

agree also…Janet and the rest of the crazies have been demonizing Sherriff Joe Arpaio for the last few months to no end….

cmsinaz on August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Considering the fact that Obamacare has pushed the middle-grounders toward the right, I fully expect that the immigration reform will solidify that, especially if the economy is still poor. Ed, I think you’re overestimate to number of pro-reformers in the GOP and underestimating how anti-reform the middle ground is. At least, in any state within a thousand miles of the Mexican border.

michaelo on August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Why did Mr. Obama get elected again? How can people be against everything he is trying to do but put him in office? It really makes the presidency look like a beauty contest.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Not beauty, but affirmative action. People wanted a Precedent, and that’s what they got. Now, the moron is trying to drag us all into the third world.

This will get bloody.

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

The vast majority of illegals coming across our southern border are poor, undereducated (many are close to illiterate, even in Spanish), and unskilled. They cost us billions of dollars a year in services (e.g., free public school education, free E.R. treatment, welfare and other fraud, additional policing/prosecution/incarceration, etc.). It’s a cost we just can’t afford, especially at a time when they’re competing for jobs with out-of-work Americans.

So go ahead and try to push through your amnesty bill next year, Obama. If you think health care got people riled up, just wait until you see the furious public reaction to another No Illegal Alien Left Off the Public Dole bill.

AZCoyote on August 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Amen! Do you mind if I post this about 1,000,000 times? He has already started something…He doesn’t want to go there. I know you in Arizona shares my Texas pain.

TXMomof3 on August 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The economy 2010 will make pro mass immigration awkward.

the_nile on August 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Put 1000s back to work by forming illegal pick up squads.Pay a bounty on every illegal turn in for deportation. Then install land mines throughout our southern border.

Jeff from WI on August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

LibTired on August 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

in other words, ‘I won’

cmsinaz on August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Will this reform include the POTUS illegal?…….just wondering!

grapeknutz on August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I see no Republican “split” over immigration.

WHO besides Lindsey Graham is FOR Amnesty?

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Juan McCain

Paul the American on August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

progressoverpeace, I like the cut of your jib.

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Please do so. It will cement your collapse.

Vashta.Nerada on August 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Living in the shadows?

Where I live there must be shadows everywhere 24/7.

Illegal immigrants are everywhere. They get access to schools, free meals, healthcare, etc.

I wish I lived in their shadows.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Last night was “Meet the Teacher” Night at my daughter’s school (first day was today). While I was talking to my daughter’s teacher, a student came in with his mother. The teacher had a folder on each student’s desk with welcoming information. This student’s mother could not read the information in the folder (being a primary Spanish speaker) so the teacher directed the student and his mother to the ESL instructor’s classroom so she could read and complete the papers in the folder.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Let’s tackle Immigration by DEPORTING Barry Hussein back to Indonesia or Kenya….take your pick you ahole!

SDarchitect on August 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

He’s crazy.
This topic may indeed finally start the war.
There are illegals everywhere here. No shadows. Schools with full spanish instruction and kids graduating not speaking one word of English.
Crazy like a fox, maybe but I do not think there are enough dead people or illegals to re elect these Dem congresscreeps once the incredible anger that this will incite begins.

ORconservative on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

The one bright point in this strategery is that it will make for a fun 2010 re-election campaign for McCain in Arizona.

myrenovations on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

better yet, how about an illegal alien CZAR and a snitch line for reporting Illegals????

Oh thats right, you only want to get dirt on American Citizens……

SDarchitect on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Obama is in Mexico apologizing that US manufacturer firearms are causing their crime problems, along with American drug users creating a market for their smuggled drugs.

Crackpot.

Hening on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I see no Republican “split” over immigration.

WHO besides Lindsey Graham is FOR Amnesty?

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

WSJ editorial board, National Review editorial board, much of corporate America, etc.

This is insidiously smart politics by The Precedent.

aquaviva on August 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Juan McCain

Paul the American on August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

That is a certain faction of the Elite. Among the rank-and-file, there is no split.

Solution: Kill these Elite traitors

pseudonominus on August 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I keep telling my friends, family and colleagues that I have never felt a time when people legitimate citizens were so upset that they may lash out against their gubmint out of frustration. Maybe Bruno (aka Napolitano) was correct?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Go to my local laundromat and you don’t find ANYONE in the shadows. You DO find dozens of obviously illegal Mexicans doing their laundry, chattering away in Spanish, while their myriad taxpayer-supported anchor babies scream and run around. Even the television is turned on Telemundo. I’m surprised the change machine doesn’t spit out pesos. ICE could end the illegal problem in a week nationwide if they raided laundromats. That would be the ultimate in multi-tasking, for illegals would ride the bus home wearing clean clothes.

bradley11 on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Last night was “Meet the Teacher” Night at my daughter’s school (first day was today). While I was talking to my daughter’s teacher, a student came in with his mother. The teacher had a folder on each student’s desk with welcoming information. This student’s mother could not read the information in the folder (being a primary Spanish speaker) so the teacher directed the student and his mother to the ESL instructor’s classroom so she could read and complete the papers in the folder.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

How inconvenient for her. My school district prints EVERY form/notice/bulletin with English on one side, Spanish on the other. Diversity!

ZJPolitical on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Of course Obama wants to tackle immigration/amnesty. Obama knows that he is obligated to push this health care reform, based on his arduous campaigning on the subject.

If by the grace of God, he doesn’t get it through, the only way he’ll get re-elected is by affording tons of illegal immigrants the right to vote.

Sir Corky on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Let’s tackle Immigration by DEPORTING Barry Hussein back to Indonesia or Kenya….take your pick you ahole!

SDarchitect on August 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.

Hening on August 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Juan McCain..lol

deedtrader on August 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Crazy like a fox? I don’t think so. Barry offered that up because he’s in Mexico. I doubt he even thought of how it would play in the US. Barry lives for the moment. It will be a different tune when he comes home. If Barry’s intent is to destroy the Democratic party, let him push for immigration reform just before the 2010 elections. You thought people were pissed off about health care?

GarandFan on August 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Hot Air Headline: “Obama: We’ll tackle immigrants in 2010.”

Hey, I’m for this. Tackling illegal immigrants and taking them to the ground is better than nothing…Oh, sorry…my bad. Tackling the problem under Obama means amnesty and eventual citizenship to millions of felons. To those legal immigrants who followed the law. Suckas!

sdd on August 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

ED…..I don’t know what Republicans you hang around…..Come to Texas before you talk about immigration reform. You have not seen anything at all until you see what sh#t hits the fan on that subject. It will make the townhalls currently happening look like lovefests. That would be like dropping a match in gas can. I dare him to bring it up in 2010. This is gonna be good.
TXMomof3 on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Roger that… and more.

TXUS on August 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

We need to frame the debate, not the dems.

right2bright on August 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM

If I remember, you wanted amnesty. I could live with a path to citizenship, providing it was a harder path than legal immigrants have to follow.

Under no circumstances do I want to reward foreign nationals for breaking our laws and behaving as if they are above our laws. To reward this bad behavior would be monumentally stupid. Look at 1986, that just encouraged more bad behavior. If these people are to become citizens, they must repent their ways with an additional burden compared to law followers.

Furthermore, introducing a slug of 25 million relitively poor, underclass, under educated economic bottom feeders into the electorate would head our culture in a socialist direction.

saiga on August 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I am increasingly convinced that secession is the only reasonable option left.

progressoverpeace on August 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

This student’s mother could not read the information in the folder (being a primary Spanish speaker) so the teacher directed the student and his mother to the ESL instructor’s classroom so she could read and complete the papers in the folder.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Any time my son brings home an announcement with upcoming events, there is ALWAYS a Spanish version on the opposite side of the page.

(Hint: I live en la Florida.)

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Anytime someone in the government (namely Obama) starts a sentence with “we can create a system,” be afraid….be very very afraid.

Youngs98 on August 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Wow, this guy is just nuts. He is going to get smack down in 2010. It’s 1994 all over again.

Oil Can on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Ed, I’ve checked with MSNBC and they confirm that suggesting Obama is “crazy like a fox” has veiled racial overtones. Something about a fox maybe liking to hunt rabbits, which obviously conjures up images of Brer Rabbit and, of course, a tar baby. I’m sure we can connect the dots from there.

/sarc

changer1701 on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

With all of the momentum that has built up over the healthcare debate and cap and trade, the illegal immigration issue may be the match that lights a bonfire.

Star20 on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Its not brilliance, guess what there are lot of Democrats who also have significant concerns regarding immigration. In reality this is kick the can and he is telling his allies in Congress we have too much on the plate and focus on health care. More to the point I think you read to much in the choice.

rob verdi on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

TXMomof3 on August 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

No, it won’t be good. We’ve been having so much fun fussing with Obama we are forgetting how nasty the fight was between the pants dropping moderates led by Backdoor John McCain and the conservative wing that was against amnesty. It is a brilliant strategy. Check the archives. I’ve been predicting this. What I didn’t predict was the unification that would happen because of the health care debate; but all of that is going out the window because if there is one thing moderates like to do, it’s attack their own party. Remember the ‘birther’ debate? Amnesty is going to be about 10 times worse because even more people are against it than have doubts about Obama’s eligibility.
Amnesty and Backdoor John’s support of it helped put a nail in the coffin of any campaign he would run in 2008.

The moderates had better pick the right side in this debate. If not, they will crater our chances in 2010, and in 2012. By the way, to all the moderate defenders of conservatism, fightin’ dem ‘birthers’…how’s that newfound credibility with the media working out for you? Having a ‘serious debate about important policy issues’ with the Democrats? No? Yeah, that’s right. They think you’re a bunch of rent-a-mob Brooks brother’s nazi’s, don’t they? Kinda sucks doesn’t it? Do their bidding…attack your own party…and then they move the bar. Hope you’re a little smarter about the amnesty debate. You add another 20-30 million new voters to the Democrat side with amnesty and there won’t be a GOP for you to backstab anymore.

austinnelly on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I’m surprised the change machine doesn’t spit out pesos.

bradley11 on August 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Almost blasted my monitor with coffee, bradley11!

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

With any luck, Obama will be a lame duck with 40% approval rating by 2010.

BPD on August 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I’d be all for amnesty with the exception that all social benefits be ceased immediately. Amnesty must be kept a secret until after a mass exodus southward has taken place (one might be occurring now). Once a majority is gone, seal the border up, grant amnesty to the rest after they do the citizenship thing and pay like $400 million in back taxes (just trying to return the money to the people who created it)–then, voila’–welcome to Los Estado Unidos.

ted c on August 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM

which obviously conjures up images of Brer Rabbit and, of course, a tar baby. I’m sure we can connect the dots from there.

/sarc

changer1701 on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

That’s it!
I can’t drink any more coffee while I read this or I will ruin my monitor.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM

“We can create a system in which you have . . . an orderly process for people to come in, but we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows,”

“Live in the shadows” must be a Democrat code for “Live in broad daylight.”

TMK on August 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM

There is no proposal I would like to see more from the President, and I look forward to next year. I’m sure he thinks he has the political calculus all figured out, and all players and their arguments–known and unknown–teased out by now. He might want to be sure he does. After all, as Sun Tzu said–”know thy enemy, and know thyself.”

As I said, I welcome such a fight next year, and have no fears for the outcome or the strength and health of the Republic after the debate. By all means Mr. President, define yourself, and let us together help America define itself. Bring forward this proposal, and let us have the debate.

Horatius on August 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM

good – another failure & we can almost be certain that you will be a one term screwup president.

can you tackle getting rid of flies, cockroaches and mosquitoes too?

With any luck, Obama will be a lame duck with 40% approval rating by 2010.

BPD on August 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

try before the end of fall 2009.

poppieseeds on August 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Why do they need amnesty when ACORN will be handling the 2010 census?

California could get nine house seats it doesn’t deserve because illegal aliens will be counted.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Timing is everything.

We need to make sure we have health care guaranteed for all illegal aliens and that no doubt will discourage more illegal immigration.

drjohn on August 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I have used this example before to demonstrate the wide arc of government competency but why can’t the government that can find the farm that bad spinch is grown on or track a cow from birth can’t get a better handle on immigration? We shouldn’t have millions of illegals but it also shouldn’t take six years for legals to make it into the country. Such a huge disconnect and I don’t understand it.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2009 at 11:33 AM

In a way, I have to admire the genius of this strategy.

Funny, I see another idiotic strategy that will thankfully backfire.

Perhaps this might be brillant if the economy didn’t stink or people weren’t losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands each month. When you’re out of work and need money to feed your family and pay the bills, there is no job an American citizen wouldn’t do. If just one bill, healthcare or cap & trade passes, our economy will be worse. He would be nuts to even consider giving away free citizenships.

In Georgia our unemplyment is at 10% or more. There have been a lot of construction job losses, however, I haven’t seen a reduction in illegals here, especially in my community. If anything, they live in the open and regular citizens live in the shadows.

moonsbreath on August 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I just watched most of Arlen Specter’s latest townhall. He was asked by at least two constituents about taxpayers being asked to provide health care for “non-citizens”. Illegals are a hot button issue and it will be a huge mistake for the dems to champion rights for illegals in an election year. Particularly following on “health care reform”, “cap and trade” and Gitmo.

Hera on August 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM

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