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Obama to Hold Meaningless Meeting on Immigration

by Keith Koffler on April 19, 2011, 3:21 pm

This is the type of meeting a president does to pretend he’s doing something when he’s really doing NOTHING.  Immigration reform has about as much chance of passing before Election Day 2012 as legislation outlawing cantaloupe.

But there are Hispanic voters to be assuaged, so we have a high profile MEETING this afternoon at the White House with enough people on hand whose views are already well known to ensure that nothing substantive gets done. And Al Sharpton will be there, whose rantings remarks will take up at least ten to fifteen minutes of the hour long session.

Here’s who will attend, along with about a dozen senior administration officials. I think they’re going to have to meet on the South Lawn.

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals; Hon. Michael Bloomberg, City of New York; Bill Bratton, Former Police Chief, City of Los Angeles and City of New York; Hon. Julian Castro, Mayor, City of San Antonio; Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary Homeland Security; Governor John Engler, President and CEO, Business Roundtable; Hon. Eric Garcetti, City Council, President City of Los Angeles; Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce; Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department; Senator Mel Martinez, Former United States Senator/Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean JP Morgan Chase; Greg Page, Chairman & CEO, Cargill; Secretary Federico Pena, Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy; John Podesta, CEO, Center for American Progress; Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, City of Philadelphia/President, Major City Chiefs; Al  Sharpton, President, National Action Network; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former California Governor; Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO; John C. Wester, Bishop, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City

 

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Star April 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Don’t see your governor on there…Brewer. LOL. John Podesta married a friend or mine’s first wife. My friend was a Hill speechwriter but likes bars and sometimes bartends. Anyhow, one nite Podesta and Clinton were in the bar and Podesta nodded at my friend and said, “That’s my wife’s first husband.” Clinton looked blank–your wife was married to a bartender? I actually know another high-ranking Clinton staffer who married a bartender–it happens. Apropos of nothing…go on with what you were doing.

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Star April 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Jeez, I sound like I am at a Town Hall with that rambling story.

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Granny Jan April 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Sometimes it’s his Pahkeestani accent and sometimes like today it’s his hispanic one as in Chilay and Mejico that is when he isn’t using his MLK. The late night shows could make a great skit of his ever changing accents.

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nelly April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

and this morning it was what I guess we must call his “poor white” or “bitter clinger” accent–all those dropped “g’s” as in “goin.” Not that I listened to much of it since his voice hits me something like fingernails on a blackboard.

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nelly April 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

All this meeting is about is “the president’s” re election & pursuing the Hispanic votes.

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JoshK April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

What a joke. Not even a pretense of objectivity or diversity in the make-up of this group. Meanwhile the southern border remains wide open.

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William April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Can anyone tell me what special insight into immigration the individuals listed below bring to the table?

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals; Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce; Greg Page, Chairman & CEO, Cargill; Secretary Federico Pena, Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO

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srdem65 April 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Whatever makes this Administration think that Americans of Mexican ancestry would want a bunch of illiterate, uncouth and poorer-than-dirt illegal aliens who don’t speak English made legal citizens of the US?

As an Arizonan who watched as millions of illegal aliens from Mexico went through our state like a plague of locusts who used up our resources and then moved on to other areas and was grateful for our brave Legislators who passed the anti-immigration law, I say “Amnesty No”.

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pat April 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

well let us see……maybe because their human.
maybe because they have sympathy for them, something you lack.

and when did being “illiterate” make you less of a Human?
sorry mr.srdem65, we’re in the 21st century go back to early 1900′s

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Old Timer April 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I think one reasons Obama stopped over in El Salvador on his South American trip was to get noticed by all the millions of Salvadorans living in the US.

His time would have been more fruitful for the US had he stopped over in Panama who wants a Free Trade Agreement with the US. A FTA with Panama would have meant more jobs for America.

It just goes to show Obama is more at home with the leftist president of El Salvador than the businessman president of Panama. The bottom line is Obama’s image and campaigning is more important than trying to get more jobs.

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jeff April 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Best part of this is all those aliens hoping he was gonna grant them a quick fix,bailed on them just like he has most of the rest of his promises.

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Langley barfly April 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

So, will Obama allow ILLEGAL, NON ‘US RESIDENTS’ to “vote” by 2012…?

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LC southern April 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

He holds a lot of meaningless meetings…this is just more of the same. Let’s pretend he is doing something besides playing golf and going on vacations.

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Brittanicus April 20, 2011 at 12:38 am

SPEAK UP!

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, one of the Leftist Czar in the Justice Department, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has labeled Utah’s guest worker amnesty as “illegal” and expressed consternation at Attorney General Holder’s obvious refusal to enforce the law in Utah when he has been so quick to counter Arizona’s interior enforcement laws. This shows the Liberal influence pushing for some form–any form of amnesty, that the TEA PARTY will fight as the costs are astronomical, and it overruling the laws of of our country. This is a contradiction to Janet Napolitano stating that the Border fence is more secure than ever before.

On Fox News and on C-Span TV broadcasts, has illustrated the mess our immigration laws are? Not because they are poorly organized, but because the laws are not enforced. If the TEA PARTY has any effect on this major problem, the will be no Comprehensive Immigration Reform (AMNESTY): killing Sanctuary State policies, the Dream Act Amnesty; Chain migration (Amnesty) or anything else that stinks of Amnesty for lawbreakers. That’s why we have millions of illegal aliens pouring into this country, because at some future time, they expect–MASS AMNESTY. It never worked in 1986, so it certainly will not work now? Not because of bad leadership at the borders, but owing to the fact that hundreds of miles in this dangerous territory, the US Border Patrol clashes with stupid, environmental laws imposed by the Bureau of Land Management , Game and Fisheries and Forest, Parks and Public lands.

Rancher Jim Chilton put this lie to rest, by stating to a federal committee, that his 50 miles of border, of which he owns is wide open to the drug traffickers and illegal people smugglers. Jim Chilton added where there is a fence; it is no different to what you see rusting along any highway. In Chilton testimony he explained to the mix of party members, that the people live in fear along the border. If you leave your home it’s likely to get broken into. His own ranch had been burglarized twice and he cannot go outside, unless he is fully armed. So because of land managed laws, the US border Patrol must ask for permission to enter certain areas of land, because of such things as the endangered species Act. While at the same time the criminal surveillance persons have the most expensive binoculars and other equipment to watch the movement of the border patrol. The Border agents are essentially not patrolling along the border fence, where they are needed.

Is there some ominous connection between the drug cartels and why the–REAL–fences, between our southern border and our National security? Does it seem strange to anybody else that after the 2006 Secure Fence Act was enacted, almost within a month funding for the bill was cut drastically and even today not even a single fencing has been completed? If the first steel enforced fence had been constructed, with a second fence, some thousand feet apart, maybe the drug traffickers would have not easy access to the children of America. With “drag roads” as they are called, ( parallel patrol tracks between the fences) between the 15 foot chain link fence, adorned with concertina razor wire, manned by permanent National Guard watchtowers within visible sight of each other. One Republican has sponsored a third fence scenario, which would be even a greater deterrent to the drug and illegal alien invasion.

THE LEFTIST MEDIA WILL NOT DIVULGE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION QUAGMIRE. NOR DID THEY PUBLICIZE THE RANTS, UGLY SLURS AND RACIAL EPITHETS SCREAMED AT THE LAST TEA PARTY RALLY. THEY ARE SHOOTING FOR MILLIONS OF MORE VOTES; EVEN IF THEY ARE ILLEGALLY VOTING IN ELECTIONS? THE CONFERENCE HELD BY OBAMA IS TO PUSH FOR ANOTHER IMMIGRATION REFORM TRAVESTY. NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG JOINED ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WHO I SUSPECT ARE PART OF THE BUSINESS ORGANIZATION, WHO ARE THERE TO STOP ANY INTERRUPTION OF CHEAP LABOR ENTERING AMERICA.

States that ignore immigration laws, such as Sanctuary California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, will have endured floods of economic new Arrivals that politicians will force their taxpayers to financially support. Georgia and a few more concerned States will not bare the major money burden of fewer welfare aliens searching for another location to pilfer of public services.

America is in a sorry way under numerous administrations, that have built massive governments agencies and many should be closed down. We are overextended in credit and we must bail ourselves out, by cutting costs to thousands of government agencies. With a rising 14 Trillion dollar deficit, that it’s not going away and all Americans must be prepared to draw in the financial belts. The Obama government must draw out the criminals that are stealing from Medicare and Medicaid. Huge criminal organizations are stealing from taxpayers, with dubious doctors and expensive tests. No matter the fiscal Consequences we must not go above the US debt system, by the leftist democrats using fear. Illegal immigration is not a small issue, as it now has grown out of all proportions and costing us billions every year.

It’s no good expecting the Democrats or the Republicans to dig us out of this mess, as only the TEA PARTY is a growing party, splitting from the wealthy right. They have the empowerment to solve this out-of-control-problem. Visit a local TEA PARTY website no matter what religion, party affiliation, as long as you entered the United States legally. Find out what illegal immigration is costing you. Did you know that you, the taxpayer support the education for illegal alien children and free health care for the whole family? Do you know that they get priority over US Citizens for low income housing, if they have four children? All these answers and more can be located at NumbersUSA. Reading about Oregon giving drivers licenses to foreign nationals, is not only a security risk, but will mean illegal people will flow in by the thousands, with false resident ID, to take advantage of these State documents being issued.

Remember if you buy American, you may be saving your job?

The liberal agenda is awash and must be ended. No more environmentalists’s threats and start drilling for oil in Alaska, the Gulf and anywhere else? We are being held hostage by Saudi Arabia and fossil fuel countries, which our military fought and died for in the Gulf War. Nor should we exhaust our corn supplies for ethanol demand. America can build anything of a better quality, then anything from Communist China or cheap labor nations. Only one television unit is made in the United States today and importers of inferior products is making a fortune on America as unemployment grows. The vicious trade circle is enlarging all the time, when we buy a cheap computer or appliance and put more American in the welfare line. Seen ABC Channel seven of the house that was emptied of all foreign goods with only one glass vase left in the room. The Mega-corporations are outsourcing highly skilled US citizens and legal residents, while we receive indigent people who steal past our poorly guarded single fence; with hundreds of miles of our national border open to the incursions of foreigners undercutting low income American jobs. As for Nafta and Cafta that our representatives approved, they are unfair trade treaties and now they are going to allow Mexican 18 wheeler rigs on our highways throughout America. What is wrong with the people who run America; somewhere they must be on the take, as no patriot would arrange business practices that are hurting the American people?

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