You know what America needs now? A brutal political battle over amnesty

posted at 8:25 pm on March 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Ever vigilant, the boss emeritus urges us to prepare for Grahamnesty. These stories about the White House’s big new immigration push pop up every few months, and invariably they’re forgotten a few days later as The One returns to his all-consuming health-care obsession.

But maybe this time is different.

Obama took up the issue privately with his staff Monday in a bid to advance a bill through Congress before lawmakers become too distracted by approaching midterm elections…

Participants in the White House gathering also pointed to an immigration rally set for March 21 in Washington as a way to spotlight the issue and build needed momentum.

Though proponents of an immigration overhaul were pleased that the White House isn’t abandoning the effort, they also want Obama to take on a more assertive role, rather than leave it to Congress to work out a compromise…

But with the healthcare debate still unresolved, Democrats are wary of plunging into yet another polarizing issue. “Right now we have a little problem with the ‘Chicken Little’ mentality: The sky is falling and consequently we can’t do anything,” Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said in an interview.

If anyone can deliver immigration reform to America, it’s an “assertive” president with a 45 percent approval rating who’s lost three big state elections in a row. The goal apparently is to move the bill by early May per the logic that congressmen will be too focused on the midterms after that to take on an issue as divisive as this. Which is hilarious, because if you think they’re not already focused on the midterms after the water torture of this endless ObamaCare process, you’re an even bigger chump than the amnesty shills who think The One’s finally ready to go bat for them. Or are you? Graham is apparently on board, which means they may have 60 votes even if the rest of the GOP votes as a bloc. Then again, there’s zero chance that Blanche Lincoln’s voting for amnesty this year, so that puts them back at 59. And in this case, given the mistrust in the House towards the Senate over O-Care, Reid really would have to go first; there’s no way Pelosi’s going to force imperiled Blue Dogs to vote on an amnesty bill unless Senate Dems have already proved they can get their own bill through.

The wild card is the GOP. Obama obviously wants to use this as wedge issue, to try to cut the Dems’ losses in November by reminding Latino voters that Republicans are “nativists” or whatever. That’ll create huge pressure among moderates like Scott Brown to join with the Dems, which means it may fall to the House GOP to make a tough decision. Do they bite the bullet and vote for amnesty this time, if only to preserve their chances of taking back the House in November, or do they hold out as a bloc in the knowledge that there may be enough red-district Blue Dogs forced to vote no that the bill will not only go down, but go down with bipartisan opposition?

My sense of this has always been that The One expects a new immigration effort to fail and is only interested in placating amnesty groups by showing them that, hey, he tried. But if that’s true, why on earth would he push ahead with it this year? If the bill fails because of Blue Dog opposition, the suppressed turnout among Latinos could make the midterms a Category 5 hurricane for Dems. Exit question: When McCain inevitably votes no on this to prevent Hayworth from using it to destroy him, what’s his excuse going to be?

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The illegals are not the posterity referred to in the Preamble.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Here’s what I don’t understand. African-Americans voted 95% for Obama. Unemployment right now in AA communities is much higher than the national average. Why would Obama push for legalizing 20 million people who would, for the most part, be competing with AAs for the same jobs, the same housing, the same government help?

And I always thought a government’s immigration policies should be aimed at the security, health and welfare of those who are already citizens. My mistake.

oldoldbabs on March 7, 2010 at 1:35 AM

Grahamnesty is a jagoff

Gohawgs on March 7, 2010 at 3:44 AM

The problem will never be fixed until there is a guest worker program like every other country in the world almost. It is so stupid. Amnesty will only make it worse. Most illegals are here to work agriculture and want to go home and spend money at home where it it worth more. People are thinking of this wrong they think they want to live here in US, many are taking the short route on this, asking for citizenship, because the conversation is all screwed up, and it gives them more flexible options, they think. The border is tighter now, so they have hard time going back and forth. They think they will get dual citizenship and have two pass ports. US dose not allow that. It’s a no guest worker program that is problem. My God this is really screwed up issue.

Ed Laskie on March 7, 2010 at 6:50 AM

I totally agree Ed Laskie. Everything you said is true. I saw a headling yesterday at Huffington Post that said Obama is going to give amnesty to 10 million. That’s a voting block to the Dems and nothing more. A guest worker program would increase tax revenue, take some of the burden of the $300 Billion we spend a year on this problem.

If Republicans want to sweep the Socialist hoarde into the dust of history, how the Dems destroyed and keep destroying the economy should be issue one. It may even prevent further spending until the one termer is out…..

adamsmith on March 7, 2010 at 7:16 AM

In 50 words or less: With double-digit unemployment, skyrocketing budget deficits and massive social service cutbacks Obama thinks national priority #2 is reforming immigration to increaseimmigrant workers and social welfare cases.

It’s crystal clear that the illegal immigration supporters shrieking ‘scapegoating’ at critics don’t give a **** at all about illegal immigration’s negative impacts on citizen interests.

kd6rxl on March 7, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Please tell me somebody in SC is going to take this tools job away from him!

conservnut on March 7, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Participants in the White House gathering also pointed to an immigration rally set for March 21

They will not be able to help themselves and washington will be full of mexican flags on that day. Let grahm explain who’s side he’s on after that. Ask him that night and then ask him anytime he’s in front of a microphone and on a Sunday show. Ask him until the foul little creep snaps.

peacenprosperity on March 7, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Keep digging asses.

la.rt.wngr on March 7, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I still think this isn’t about HCR or immigration alone.

It’s about HCR and immigration reform, which together can give the Democrats a new majority.

The old majority, which included seniors, is in danger because even they realize that eventually the seniors are going to get dumped on, either by the Republicans or the Democrats .. it will happen and the other party won’t be able to bring them back .. a lose-lose. So the new strategy is to dump the seniors now and add in millions of new immigrants to the Democratic election rolls with health care as the lure, much the same way FDR won over the Blacks from the Republicans.

J_Crater on March 7, 2010 at 10:40 AM

South Carolina . . . please dump that pandering little dolt.

rplat on March 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

The rumor in DC is that The One isn’t serious about this but wants to grab another issue with some possibility of success. I don’t understand why He wouldn’t care about the human rights of these people.

Why on MSNBC, they already refer (with two black guests) to the aliens as “citizens” who need their rights.

Did anyone on that network ever so much as take and Civics class?

Oh I forgot, given our academic standards, maybe they have.

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

and = a

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Please tell me somebody in SC is going to take this tools job away from him!

conservnut on March 7, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Yeah, he’s for amnesty, Cap and Trade, closing Gitmo, for trying terrorists in civilian courts, and he believes in AGW! If this guy isn’t the definition of RINO, I don’t know what is!
I can’t believe he got re-elected in ’08? If I didn’t know better, it would seem that SC is left of New York or California!

Too bad he will be with us at least until 2012.
What a tool!

JeffVader on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 AM

I love Barry O. He has accomplished in about two years time what I would have believed to be unthinkable when he started. He has put the Democrat Party in complete disarray and in a position to lose the mid-term elections in a big way. Now he is handing the conservatives another victory on a silver platter.

Immigration reform with amnesty and a road to citizenship for illegal immigrants was hugely unpopular when G.W. Bush tried to pass it. It is what destroyed the popularity of Bush among conservatives. Bush had the luxury of trying to pass shamnesty at a time when the economy and jobs were pretty good. So now Barry O wants to reintroduce it at a time when Americans are struggling and losing their jobs to the very illegals that they seek to grandfather into citizenship?



The man is not only looking to lose both houses of Congress in the mid-terms, apparently he wants to hand a supermajority to the Republicans. It seems that he wants his legacy to be the single largest flip in the control of Congress in American history. All I can say is…


Hawthorne on March 8, 2010 at 4:16 AM

Keeping millions of lawbreakers in the United States, and encouraging more to enter, is certainly something that would effect unemployment.

Maybe someone should ask Obama if amnesty is part of his unceasing work on the employement problem in our country?

hawksruleva on March 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The rumor in DC is that The One isn’t serious about this but wants to grab another issue with some possibility of success.

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Obama knows that in an election year, the first party to say “we love immigrants!” will lock up the Hispanic vote.

hawksruleva on March 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Yeah right, they are only over here to work agriculture when the hospitals in LA are full of illegals having babies. It’s been all over the internet about the cost they are causing the tax payers with the free lunches that they throw away and abuse. MSM won’t cover it because the left adores the dependancy on the government. Do some searching without going to NBC, CBS and the rest of the media. Goggle some of the atrocities. You’ll probably deny it all.

mixplix on March 8, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Immigration meeting posponed because numbnuts Graham missed his flight!

sonnyspats1 on March 8, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Um, the Hispanic vote will generally go to the Democrats no matter what. Does anybody remember how much support that McCain got from the Hispanics despite his clear track record of supporting immigration reform? He sold his soul to the Hispanics and it did him more harm than good.

I thoroughly and completely reject the notion that immigration reform will substantially impact the elections as long as we keep the illegals themselves from voting. The Hispanics that will be impressed are predisposed to vote for Obama anyway and all he will accomplish is to further alienate moderate Americans by staking out left wing positions. When Bush was trying to pass immigration reform last time around the polls were over 80% AGAINST any form of amnesty or citizenship offer. Trying to push immigration reform is a net vote LOSS for Obama.

Hawthorne on March 8, 2010 at 9:35 PM

McCain is very hard headed on this issue. I don’t think that he will change his position on amnesty even if it does cost him his Senate seat.

jpmn on March 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The only “immigration reform” I want to see is to remove automatic citizenship from “anchor babies”. If parents are illegals and have a baby that gets born here, that baby needs to be a citizen of the country the illegals came from. Most other countries in the world have these laws. The anchor babies set up a non-ending chain migration as well as sets up the illegals for all kinds of government handouts.

Also, did you all know that Grahamnesty’s proposal includes a national ID card for EVERYONE??? If you don’t have the national ID card, you can’t work.

Mark of the Beast anyone?

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2010 at 6:00 AM