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Obama's immigration speech: Just a way to get Latino and Asian voters?

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President Obama is scheduled to speak Tuesday afternoon on fixing the nation's broken immigration system. But don't expect him to put a comprehensive immigration proposal back on the table, given the split in Congress. Republicans have repeatedly called for an enforcement-only approach to immigration, while Democrats have moved for modest changes such as the DREAM Act, which would provide a respite from deportation for some students who qualify.

Observers say the president hopes the speech will serve a dual purpose: to restart the conversation on immigration reform and to rebuild support among those Latino and Asian voters who are unhappy about the administration’s inability to address the issue. Until now, Homeland Security officials have largely focused on enforcement priorities. Nearly 400,000 immigrants were deported last year, and worksite audits are also up.

The speech comes as more and more states appear to be wading into immigration. Nearly a dozen states are debating bills to create their own laws to deal with illegal workers. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday that she plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review that state's controversial law that, among other things, requires individuals to show proof that they are legally in the U.S. A federal judge put much of the law on hold last year. The Justice Department challenged the law, arguing that only the federal government can create immigration laws.

And last week, Illinois announced it wants out of Secure Communities. Under the program, the fingerprints of all inmates booked into local jails and cross-checked with the FBI's criminal database are now forwarded by that agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement so the person can be screened for immigration status. The program was supposed to target immigrants with serious criminal convictions, but nearly half of those deported have no criminal convictions. California lawmakers are considering a plan that would automatically allow all counties to opt out of the program.

Obama's speech is expected to touch on providing a few remedies, but will that be enough or too much?

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youareuniquelikeeeryoneelse@gmail.com

If they are illegal aliens with no voting rights, how can there be "Latino and Asian voters who are unhappy about the administration’s inability to address the issue"? Who really cares what a bunch of line jumping, illegal aliens think?

Ironweed

Why are no other comments posted?

Harry Jones

How about building support among the non latino and non asian citizens of this Country? Woops, I forgot. The rest of us are all racists or bigots.

Rubyrosie

Well, then, I will try again. Obama is on TV now calling for immigration. He tells us that being Mexico's welfare program is good for our economy. How stupid does this man think we are?

I think he has about two dozen people there cheering him. Nineteen of them are probably illegal Hispanics.

blackone

I believe The Chief answers to higher authorities than voters and constituents and citizens. The Oligarchs need serfs who don't recognize or care about the blood and tears of the worker's rights/civil rights gains. The, again, Plutocrats need bodies who will die for them as they plunder distant lands.

Alex

Bigots always getting their feathers ruffled when the issue of immigration comes up.

These parasitical bigots who love to ignore their contributions to undocumented labor and sit idly accusing undocumented immigrants as if these people forced their way into your communities by imposing their labor on you.

Tools. How about you bigots take some responsibility for contributing to undocumented labor and stop with a bigoted only approach to immigration reform.

Those parasites who salivate the term "illegal" only use it to make themselves appear to be the non-illegal, all while ignoring their contributions/their use of undocumented labor. Get real. Remove yourself from the fantasy little world that you parasites contributed in no way to undocumented immigration. Get with the program.

Brittanicus

1986 IMMIGRATION AMNESTY COST TAXPAYERS 78 BILLION. HOW MUCH TODAY'S AMNESTY?


After listening to Senator Lamar Smith (R-TX) today and with the backing of the huge populace of the TEA PARTY membership, President Obama has little chance if any at all, at passing immigration Reform? Polls show that nearly 70% of Americans oppose amnesty for all illegal aliens and that generations of legal Hispanics are less likely to reelect President Obama if he supports amnesty that is detrimental to their jobs. In the years following the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform bill, the cost afterwords to taxpayers 78 Billion dollars, according to the (CIS) Center for Immigration Studies. Somebody needs to ask the question, “What will the cost be 35 years later? Twice that amount? Whatever that amount, its more than the US can afford?

After the 1986 amnesty, illegal immigration increased significantly. The US Census Bureau 2000 data indicate that 700,000 to 800,000 illegal aliens have settled in the U.S. each year, with approximately 12 to 20 million illegal aliens now currently living in the United States The amnesty of 1986 was supposed to be a accepted just “One time” with no more in the future.

Yet since 1986, Congress passed a total of 7 amnesties for illegal aliens, which includes the 1986 Amnesty. 2. Including Section 245(i) The Amnesty of 1994 as a temporary progressive amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens; 3. Section 245(i) The Extension Amnesty of 1997, which was an extension of the progressive amnesty created in 1994; 4. The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty of 1997; 5. The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA) of 1998, an amnesty for 125,000 illegal's. 6. The Late Amnesty of 2000, was an amnesty for approximately 400,000 illegal aliens claiming they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty; 6. The LIFE Act Amnesty of 2000 was a restoration of the progressive Section of 245(i) amnesty to an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.

This does not include the estimated 1.5 million clandestine legal immigrants that arrive here under special visas. Any amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their act of illegal immigration and unconditionally pardons other related illegal acts such as driving and working using false documents. President Obama has little chance of the passage of another amnesty, Promoting an amnesty to foreign nationals only attracts more illegal immigration into the United States. Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX), said yesterday the president has failed to secure the border and thus failed to build consent to pass reform legislation. An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their act of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working using false documents.

Taxpayer must take their Politicians to task whether federal or State, by calling their offices as soon as possible at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate these lawmakers in your phone directory blue pages. The TEA PARTY will nurture new candidates for the 2012 Election. The TEA PARTY will give no leeway to any form of Immigration Reform—AMNESTY. The TEA PARTY is determined stop the drain of taxpayers’ money, which includes unfair taxes to support the instant citizenship of babies, through entering America illegally to foster welfare advantage. The TEA PARTY will rescind Chain Migration, which is a very large billion dollar expenditure, if sponsors don’t honor financial support for immediate family members.

The TEA PARTY will dismantle Sanctuary City policies, the educational dream Act and unseat all pro-illegal immigrant Lawmakers, Governors, Mayors and those involved in this travesty. The second revolution has begun by THE TEA PARTY that will condemn any more free giveaways to illegal aliens. The American People are the Tea Party, comprising of every legal nationality and race. You should join this splinter party from the wilting RINO Republicans, who with Democrats are eroding this countries greatness.
YOU! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE THE TEA PARTY AND UNITED, WE HAVE ALL THE POWER AGAINST BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE WILL STOP THE INCESSANT SPENDING. THEY WILL CUT GOVERNMENT AND RID OURSELVES OF ALL THE FEDERAL AGENCIES, WHICH SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY THE 50 STATES. WE WILL CUT THE 14.5 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT. WE WILL DRILL FOR OIL IN AMERICA AND ESCAPE FOREIGN EXPENSES. WE WILL RENEGOTIATE THE UNFAIR TRADE TREATIES WITH CHINA, AND OTHER FOREIGN COUNTIES. WE WILL BUILD THE REAL BORDER FENCE. Attn: Donate to Arizona's border fence, by just typing in to Google: Arizona Governor Brewer. There must be further mandatory oversight of one election process, as there was rampant fraud in 3 States and the administration is unconcerned about future voting by illegal aliens.

BLUEWATER

WOW! I dont like RON PAUL at all now is this a new
way to get people to stop watching FOXNEWS!
Did he say RUPERT wants the DREAM ACT? OMG!!!

blackone

Alex, would it be "bigotry" if I walked into your house and sat down and proceeded to eat your food, use your bed, your shower, and your money, and you don't know me from Atom?

Mitchell Young

I'd like to ignore illegal labor, but it is operating an ear-splitting leafblower about 10 yards from me.

Concern Citizen

Just in case you did not know Mr./Ms. "youareuniquelikeeeryoneelse", there a lot of of Latino and Asian US citizen voters who really care. Not all of us are line jumping, illegal aliens and I am wonder where are you from to express this way, maybe ocean jumping, who knows...

Just an Observer

Doing what Democrats do best: sell votes.

Griffin

Obama doesn't need to gain the support of Latino and Asian voters. He can rely on the Republican candidate to alienate them.

ElNegrita

I would not necessarily equate the immigration experiences of asians and latinos as the same. many asians have a plan to become citizens and work hard to learn english while many latinos come here with plans of working and reside in primairly spanish speaking communities. most asians just don't seem to ally themselves with hispanics on any issues.

Derek

Most Asians do not support amnesty, its not an issue they have never supported. Most illegals come from Mexico, as non-english speaking unskilled and uneducated peasants, while conversely Asians need and to be education, have money and paperwork aka a visa just to enter the country. Asian illegals overstay, while Mexican/Latins rush the border.

My wife is an Asian immigrant, half of our friends are asian, I know first hand how they do not support illegals.

Just more media lies

susangate1

It's Obama's way to alienate the citizens of this country... Obama clueless

susangate1

And just the day before... 13 people killed shooting it out on the border... just what we need here in the US. The only town in TX where Obozo could show his face after scrawing over TX's request for aid after the horrific fires. Would Obozo do that to CA? No... most divisive and incompetant president ever!!!

wazoo2u2

I knew this was coming. Too many latinos in the US are latinos first, Americans a distant second. Mexico has slowly attcked the US and it looks like they will win. Imagine how much fun it will be to join the third world. What a pity.

18 Year-Old Econonomist Student

@Brittanicus
The basics of Marcroeconomics:
Government spending stimulates the economy. Cutting the "useless" government spending will only stagnate and further push the economy into recession.
Cutting the budget deficit means lessening the exports that Americans depend on from foreigners and greatly increasing the loathed American taxes.

Arellano Felix

Everything is BIG in Texas...Too bad CA is saturated in stupid democrats.

Today the Texas House passed HB 12, the Sanctuary Cities bill, by a vote of 100-47 on third reading. This bill allows cities and law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws by preventing local policies in conflict with U.S. immigration laws and by establishing uniform, consistent standards for all Texas law enforcement. The sanctuary cities bill has been one of the RPT's priority legislation items this session, and we applaud our Republican legislators for this vote.

Hispanic Republican Caucus member Representative Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville) voted in favor of HB 12 today, and afterwards spoke about the importance of the legislation. "Today the Texas House passed HB 12 which would prohibit local governmental entities from enacting policies that prohibit them from enforcing federal law. The penalty for those that enact such policies is possible loss of state funding. As a legal Mexican immigrant who understands that the American Dream must be protected, I was proud to support and vote for this legislation. The reality is that this bill simply puts Texas teeth on federal law which was signed by President Clinton in 1996. Texas voters in 2010 spoke loud and clear and the Texas House Republicans listened. Despite all the rhetoric, HB 12 is good policy and good for Texas."


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