DREAMs From The Amateur
posted at 4:42 pm on June 18, 2012 by Jorge Bonilla
President Barack Obama’s recent immigration announcement was not just an obvious craven pander to Hispanics designed to rapidly muster a dwindling base. It was also an amateur move which may well poison the waters of our immigration policy debate for decades to come.
First of all, let us dispense with the narrative that this was an organic move, an “evolution” á la Obama’s gay marriage. It was not. I will posit that the move was long planned, and well-baked into the current electoral cake. I know this is true because the immigration announcement rollout almost mirrors Obama’s gay-marriage pattern. There was a celebrity fundraiser (at Marc Anthony’s), a conveniently-timed newsweekly splash piece, and a post-facto celebrity endorsement. If you look closely enough, you’ll even find a “Sasha and Malia” reference. There was no coming-out sitdown interview, though. None was needed this time because Obama tipped his hand way back in Cartagena, as the rest of the world tittered at Hookergate.
When the President of the United States interjects “but” after “we are a nation of laws”, it is further factual evidence of his contempt for the Rule of Law…which should be of no surprise to anyone, given this regime’s track record. In a sane world, people come out of their skulls. In this one, our sycophant media hails the politics of lawlessness and calls it good optics. Instead we should be asking, as loudly as possible, what kind of message this sends to those who paid the price to come to this country legally. How do we look people in the eye and continue to say that we respect the Rule of Law? (Full disclosure: I support the Rubio plan.)
The amateurishness of this decision is self-evident in its utter destruction of any good will and consensus for short-term political gain. In a nutshell…Marco Rubio, David Rivera, and Raúl Labrador were kneecapped so that god-king Barack might have his very own “Mission Accomplished” moment at this week’s NALEO conference in Orlando.
I can’t wait to see how the Administration is going to “seasonally adjust” 800,000 to 1.4 million new job-seekers off the labor participation rate…but wait.
Cecilia Muñoz, the newly-appointed director of Domestic Policy Council, said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not completed all of the steps necessary to close the cases, and that preliminary numbers released to some media outlets on Thursday could either increase or decrease once the procedure is done.
“We’re talking about a process that’s just starting,” Muñoz said in Spanish during a roundtable with Latino media outlets. “DHS has said they’re still conducting background checks and other procedures, so these are not the final numbers.”
DHS is set to extend the program to immigration courts across the nation in the coming months, but Muñoz says that the preliminary results of the pilot program should not be used as an indicator of how many people could benefit from the nationwide review.
“We didn’t start with an idea of what percentage [of cases would be closed] because that’s something that needs to be decided case-by-case,” she said. “It’s impossible to start with a certain idea about how many people will fall under each category because it’s something that can’t be determined in advance.”
Still, Muñoz says that if those do end up being the results nationwide, roughly 40,000 cases would be closed. She added that individuals whose cases are closed can apply for a work permit, but that “nothing is guaranteed” since they are still subject to existing laws.
You don’t suppose that this Administration would, in the heat of a brutal reelection, roll out a high-profile executive action that gets a lot of people’s hopes up only to later dissapoint and not cover nearly as many people as expected…would you?
I leave you with remarks I recently made while calling in to Stan Galarza’s morning show, which seem even more prescient today. Hit the CC button if you “no habla”.
Crossposted at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).