It is painfully clear that one of Barack Obama’s main strategies for winning reelection is to balkanize America; divide us into tribes or special interest groups to whom he can throw crumbs and influence them to support his candidacy. He wants blacks to know that if they have his back, he will have their back. He appeased the feminist with free contraceptives, he appeased labor unions by loading the NLRB with union supporters. He appeased environmentalist by blocking the Keystone pipeline. He appeased gays by supporting their right to marry. And, his latest divide and conquer ploy is to appease Hispanic voters by allowing certain illegal immigrants the right to stay in our country and obtain work visas.
Nothing matters to Mr. Obama except his reelection. This latest ploy of changing immigration is a clear over reach of executive powers. What he is doing is against the laws of this nation. But, Obama believes he is above the law. We saw it when he ignored bankruptcy laws when bailing out General Motors and Chrysler.
Dr. Thomas Sowell expresses his concerns on Obama’s immigration policy changes in this article at Human Events.
President Obama’s latest political ploy — granting new “rights” out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children — is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country’s long-run problems.
By “short-run approach”, Dr. Sowell is implying that if Obama doesn’t win in November, the policy nay be reversed by Romney. I would like to believe that would happen; but I am not as confident as he is. After all, rumor has it that what Obama has done is very much like the plan that Marco Rubio is working on and Rubio appears to have Romney’s ear on this issue. At any rate, Dr. Sowell is right in that there is the possibility that the policy would be reversed in a matter of months. He wonders if employers are likely to hire an illegal and invest time and money in training them if they may have to fire them is six months? Sowell also wonders if an illegal is going to come forward an identify themselves as an illegal if the policy could soon reversed and put them in jeopardy?
Like so many other Obama ploys, his immigration ploy is not meant to help the country, but to help Obama. This is all about getting the Hispanic vote this November.
How do you check someone’s claim that he was brought into the country illegally when he was a child? If Obama gets reelected, it is very unlikely that illegal immigrants will really have to prove anything. The administration can simply choose not to enforce that provision, as so many other immigration laws are unenforced in the Obama administration.
Clearly our President is playing a dangerous game. Dr. Sowell raps up his piece by stating what we all know to be true:
Ultimately, it does not matter what immigration policy this country has, if it cannot control its own borders. Whoever wants to come, and who has the chutzpah, will come. And the fact that they come across the Mexican border does not mean that they are all Mexicans. They can just as easily be terrorists from the Middle East.
A question that few are asking is: will Obama’s strategy work for him? Will he end up with a net gain in votes as a result of his new immigration policy or will he end up losing net-net? Sean Trende, writing for Real Clear Politics, thinks Obama’s action may end up hurting him on election day. He makes three major points:
- Latinos are underrepresented in swing states.
- There is a trade-off here.
- Latinos aren’t monolithic.
I highly recommend this article because the author provides a lot of history on how Hispanics and working class voters have responded to this subject in previous elections in various states including the swing states. His point No. 2 makes a compelling case that there may be a backlash with the white working class that may make this issue a net lose for Obama.
Point No. 3 in Trende’s article that Latinos are not a monolithic group is very true. Let’s hear what a conservative blogger who is Hispanic has to say on this subject. From The Bitter Americans blog:
…As a Mexican-American who would much rather be referred to as simply American, I am more offended by the gesture than excited and I hope my fellow Hispanic voters feel the same.
…President Obama believes Hispanics are dogs and he can hold a treat in front of our face in order to win our vote. Make no mistake, this decision by his administration was planned and timed in accordance with the upcoming election.
What President Obama has done takes no steps toward creating a streamlined, simple immigration system. All it does is continue to leave Hispanics in a position of slaves to the Democratic party. He is clearly treating us as dogs – stupid dogs that he believes have no understanding of what he really thinks.
So, is it possible that Obama has actually done us a favor with his most recent dictatorial action? Will his new immigration policy turn into an Oops moment? I’d like to think so.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?