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Obama’s executive action on amnesty will wait until after election

Obama’s executive action on amnesty will wait until after election

…and amnesty advocates are not happy, though Democratic candidates are relieved.

Today, Barack Obama formally declined to commit electoral suicide on behalf of every democrat running for higher office in a “leans Republican” state.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a White House official told the Associated Press today that President Obama has abandoned his pledge to implement immigration reform by the end of the summer. Via Fox News Latino:

“Because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections,” a White House official said, asking for anonymity.

Nonetheless, he added that Obama wants reform carried out in a “sustainable” way, and for that reason will take action “before the end of the year.”

“The president is confident in his authority to act, and he will before the end of the year. But again, nothing will replace Congress acting on comprehensive immigration reform and the president will keep pressing Congress to act,” the official said.

As one blogger in Texas put it,, President Obama allowed this leak “early on a Saturday morning, ripe with the possibility of the least amount of Americans noticing.” He claims that he’s putting off comprehensive reform to save future efforts, but with 60 days to go until the election, we know that “not wanting to politicize the issue” is really code for “not wanting to lose the Senate to Republicans in 6 swing states.”

Although this gives Republicans time to develop their own cohesive approach to securing the border and reforming existing law, it’s important to remember that the thing democrats are best at is controlling the emotional narrative.

By kicking the can down the road, Obama is angering amnesty and reform advocates, but he’s also ensuring that democrats in danger of losing their seats will be able to shift the blame for broken promises onto the backs of Republicans who have been working to prevent both executive action and legislation granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. He’s dangling the promise of the American dream so that it’s just out of reach, so that even if Republicans do flip the senate, lame duck democrats will be able to cast a suicide vote for comprehensive reform with zero consequences.

A recent Pew Poll shows that Americans remain nearly evenly divided on the issue of comprehensive reform vs. targeted legislation addressing border security and a path to citizenship:

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted August 20-24 among 1,501 adults, finds that 33% say the priority should be on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws, while 23% prioritize creating a way for people in the U.S. illegally to become citizens if they meet certain conditions. About four-in-ten (41%) say both should be given equal priority.

The key to maintaining the advantage in the immigration debate is control over the narrative. What matters now is 1) emphasizing Obama’s broken promises, and 2) highlighting any unwillingness on the part of campaigning democrats to address their immigration policy plans.

What the Pew poll tells us is that, although Americans are divided on the issue of where to start, voters by and large care very much about fixing our broken immigration system.

Until now, democrats have been very successful with controlling the narrative; but with the recent border crisis coming to a head, and today’s punt on new policy proposals, Republicans have a golden opportunity to lead on the issue now and after the election.

Right now, democrats are trying to have it both ways. No sense in allowing their narrative play out to the peril of true reform.

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Obama frequently seeks to exploit the ignorance of voters, but here he’s telling us what he’s going to do and when, and counting on enough voters to ignore it to make it worth his while. He must think the voters are really, really stupid, and of course he can testify to their stupidity from personal experience, if only from the lies they repeatedly bought from him regarding the nondisruptive character of Obamacare.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/09/obama-to-voters-you-are-so-stupid.php

I just can’t add much to that. Except to point out that Pres. ScamWOW and his minions assured us that 30 to 40 thousand Americans would die without ObamaDoggle every year, and then made sure implementation would be delayed for years. So either he was lying, or he cynically killed tens of thousands of Americans for the most crass political reasons.

So what the hell makes anybody believe he gives a flying fluck about illegal invaders? He’s just a sick, America-hating phuc, and he’ll use anybody to advance his Collectivism.

Republicans rarely fail to squander opportunities. They are too afraid of what the media will say about them if they stand up to the Democrats, never mind that the media will say bad things no matter what they do.

Why in the hell aren’t republicans screaming form the rooftops that he can’t singlehandedly legalize criminals. At least do it to prep the battlefield so that when he does it the country is justifiably and understandably outraged.

I know many R’s will welcome amnesty but there are also quite a few who still pay lip service to the rule of law, where the hell are they?

This banana republic bullshit will turn us out into a left wing crap hole in 20 years and it will be my Generations fault.

If he declares amnesty for 5, 10 million illegal aliens quite a lot of the country is going to lose it’s collective shit.

It means that he’s failed to stampede the Republicans into giving him an amnesty bill, and hasn’t figured out how to do an amnesty on his own. So he’ll pretend that he’s following some longer-term game plan.

Annoying those frantic for an amnesty program right now is of no consequence; it’s not like there’s any danger that those types will start voting Republican.

Subotai Bahadur | September 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm

The declaration that unilateral amnesty will be imposed by the Executive Branch after the election is akin to Colorado Democrat Governor Hickenlooper’s recent declaration that he will commute/pardon convicted mass murderer Nathan Dunlap [whose scheduled execution he has already “deferred” for so long as he is in office] if he loses the election.

No, the New Whigs will not do anything about it, even if they win the Senate. So once again it will be absolute proof that the Federal government is essentially lawless.

If the government cannot be held to the law or the Constitution, then neither can the people. Without legitimacy, the government can only compel obedience by force. And citizens are no longer bound by law to accept government compulsion and may resist by any means necessary.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Subotai Bahadur

“Reform” is an easy way to speak in code…

I’m wondering what the author, Ms. Miller, means by “true reform”? Reform what? There are already numerous laws on the books – not being enforced. Another meaningless law to be touted as “true reform”? Republicans have to be watched as well – it’s easy for those who support “amnesty” to hide behind the Democrats who are open advocates of same.

The only “reform” citizens of this country should want would be adherence, compliance, and prosecution of the law. Nothing to reform there except throw the lawbreakers in jail and deport the people who violate the sovereignty of the United States.

A country that destroys the meaning of citizenship and legal immigration is a country doomed to deterioration and chaos.

I see that we’ve now devolved so far down in our expectations of this president that when he brazenly admits that doing his job (however) takes a backseat to manipulating elections, the media only talks around it.

I think the delay in declaring amnesty is because they’re running the numbers and they don’t like what they see. Barry-O’s looking at thousands of new Dem voters but what about the old ones?

Legal Hispanics aren’t wild about the ideal of illegals overrunning their turf. Blacks and Hispanics have rarely gotten along well.

It makes no sense to import sixty thousand new Dem voters if two hundred thousand are going to desert the Dem plantation.

Granted, HE doesn’t care. HE doesn’t have to run again. But how many Dem congressmen are going to be willing to commit political suicide among their base?

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