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Forget Congress: This is Obama’s Immigration Bill

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2013, 9:16 am

Everyone in the press remarking how smart President Obama is playing this: freshly reelected, the president is nevertheless taking a back seat and letting the Senate drive the immigration bill.

But Obama is playing it even smarter than that. He is in fact in the driver’s seat, steering the legislation toward its ultimate passage.

Nothing will happen in Congress that Obama doesn’t approve of. The Democrats, led by Obama’s closest Senate ally, Sen. Richard Durbin (D- Ill.), will be doing Obama’s bidding. This is the top agenda item for his second term, and the president is going to craft the bill.

Me? I've got nothing to do with it. Photo by Keith Koffler

Remember, Obama supposedly let Congress take the lead on health care and the stimulus too. What was the result? Everything he always wanted.

Obama’s problem is that he knows he needs Republicans to pass legislation. Unlike health care, he’s not going to be able to claim immigration is a budget issue and avoid a filibuster. He’ll need 60 votes in the Senate, and enough House Republicans to get the bill through over there.

So what we are seeing right now is not a “strategy,” but a subterfuge. Obama knows that the more his fingerprints are on the legislation, the less likely he is to receive Republican support. So he will do his work on the phone with Democrats, making sure the bill is within the parameters he sets.

Tuesday’s event in Las Vegas, where Obama proposed nothing of his own but aligned himself with the Senate “process,” was an effort to stake at least some public claim to the issue. Obama will want to be able to take full credit once the legislation is actually passed, so he needs to at least appear partially engaged.

But mostly he’ll let Congress seem to take the lead, while he issues orders and threats behind the scenes. The Democrats will listen because they need Obama, and they need his new personal mass movement, Organizing for America, to provide the foot soldiers to drum up support among the population.

But Obama will publicly be in charge of the Division of Shame, Guilt & Demonization. That is, he will threaten Republicans with permanent status as racist Hispanic-haters if they refuse to accept whatever immigration bill is bubbling up out of the Congressional cloakrooms.

In the end, a bill will begin to move that looks like it does enough on enforcement of the border to gain the handful of Republican votes necessary for passage.

And once Obama signs it, his administration will “interpret” the enforcement provisions however it wants, and a new movement in Congress will begin to junk them altogether.


Anne Lieberman January 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

Since there are no jobs, are these 11 million new citizens going to go directly onto the dole? And is some reinvented ACORN organization already preparing to register them as Democrat voters? Too, I’m really afraid this is just another shiny object, to distract us from opposing Obama’s national security nominations. Brennan and Hagel can do permanent damage. (Are we not still suffering from Jimmy Carter’s policies on Iran, three decades later?)

Shofar January 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

Carter’s policies not only hurt the US, but the entire world. His lack of leadership, and his vacillation on how to deal with the rise of Islamist radicalism is what has emboldened the Jihadist around the globe for over a generation.

Obama is now adding to the mix with his own lack of leadership, and his inability to see a camel as a camel. Unfortunately, the world will again reap the harvest of what men such as Carter and Obama have sown.

cincycinco January 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Obama doesn’t vacillate. He wholeheartedly supports Islamists, as long as they’re Sunni like he is. Check his actions and see if this is not the case…

CatholicCitizen February 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Obama supports Islamist and he’s a Sunni??? Wow, I didn’t know that. Is there a link you can post that supports your claim. I have to read it with my own 2 eyes if this true. Thank you!

Star January 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

Well, they won’t be citizens for yrs–legal residents more like. They will have the same jobs–some low wage, some off the books–they do now. They can’t be voters until citizens. But yes, I think people will get medical services and sustenance and this will be a cost.

Julie Brueckheimer January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

I am firmly convinced there was widespread illegal voting in the last election and predict that many of these legal residents or most will vote even though they are not citizens. Chicago is giving driver’s licenses to illegals already, and there will be no photo i.d.s required by law, something which the majority of legal Americans already wanted in the last election. I wrote to my Congressman immediately after the election about this, but although he is usually good about responding, he has never answered me on this subject.

Susan January 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Not only was there illegal voting, the unions are in charge of maintaining the majority of our electronic voting machines. Nothing like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

CatholicCitizen February 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Maybe you should run for President in 2016 and do something about it. :)

Shaky Jake January 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Oh Star…..they might not be citizens, but to assume they can’t vote? ANYBODY can vote as long as it’s for a Democrat!

CatholicCitizen February 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

or Republican. :)

Anonna January 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

These new citizens, and there are far more than 11 million, already have jobs that they obtained illegally and are working illegally. They already have access to the dole through their anchor babies. If they personally need health care, they go to hospitals and get it by giving fake names and walking away from the bill — hospitals are required to give care.

They are parasites even if they work. And if we need millions of additional citizens, and I don’t think we do, why would we choose people whose first act was to break our border laws, who have been breaking our laws daily ever since, and who now have the attitude that having crawled into our home without permission they have the right to be adopted into our family?

CatholicCitizen February 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Its hard for me to determine who sounds crazier…you or Anne Coulter? lol

Shofar January 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

This immigration bill will end up under the heading of “What fresh hell is this” by the time all the special interests get their fingers in it.

It will take a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary to decipher all the mumbo-jumbo that is included, and will be the length of the OED. Then the masses will be told once again that “we need to pass the bill” to see what is in it and how it will impact the country.

I can see the law of unintended consequences raising its ugly head again, just as it did with the healthcare reform bill. One would think, or at least hope, that the Congress, both Houses, would be filled with some of the greatest minds in the country, unfortunately we continue to vote for semi-educated idiots. People who have no idea how things actually work.

I have come to the conclusion that our government is run by a collection of Rube Goldbergs, intent on making even the simplest task a monumental collection of convoluted processes.

Kimbly January 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

Yep. 0 percent chance that the bill that comes out of congress will do anything to fix the problem. 100 percent chance it will have a nice, feel good name.

Shofar January 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

Perhaps Keith needs to have a contest as to what would be a good name for this bill. It could be the “Come on in” Act, or the “You waited for thirteen years to get citizenship? TFB” Act. Or some other pithy little ditty.

How bout Keith? The winner could get a self paid trip to the border to watch the flood of new “citizens” coming across.

Scottso January 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

why don’t we just ask the illegal immigrants already in the country to man the borders and enforce the laws.

Anonna January 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

Let’s call it — Justice for Pre-citizens.

srdem65 January 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Good name. Maybe we could link the unborn into the “pre-citizen” or “pre-democrat voter” and change abortion laws.

Just2old January 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Let’s call it the border protection fence building project and let them build it…..ready made jobs.

Shofar January 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Shovel ready work, just as promised. The only thing that is being shoveled is the fertilizer coming out of DC.

Just2old January 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

Good analysis Keith. I think you’re right and in the end, Congress will neglect to fund the enforcement piece just like they did to Reagan in 1986. Although Sen Rubio said yesterday that nothing will go forward until the enforcement piece is in place. But, in the end, obama will win. Agree Anne, 11 million new dole recipients won’t be cheap!!

Kimbly January 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

This is how Obama is going to destroy the GOP. If it gets to a vote, it’s all over. No matter if it’s passed or not.

CatholicCitizen February 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I absolutely agree with you. I wonder when the White House will ever see another Republican President in there again?! Obama got this in the bag. Being an Independent, whether a person is a Democrat or Republican, you have to admit that this is a very good strategic move that can make a party look really dam good and make another party look dam bad…especially if it all plays out in the media! Again, I’m just speaking and looking at it from an Independent point of view.

srdem65 January 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

Mexico promotes a bloodless ethnic and class cleansing by encouraging those not White enough or poor and unducated to move to the US. They print out how-to manuals for those who wish to move to the US. They provide cover on the southern side of our border for the coyotes and/or the drug cartels to ease the movement of human undesirables and drugs.

The poor and uneducated are now our problem. The drugs fuel gang warfare and destroy the souls of the addicted. The illegal aliens must be fed, clothed, and housed by the US, their sick and injured must be treated humanely and the legal immigrants go to the back of the line.

So, who wins. Who gets the credit for allowing criminals the benefit of US citizenship. Who will pay for this generosity. Who will the newly annointed legal citizens thank for the lifestyle they had only dreamed about?

The winners are the political elite who will adorn themselves with cloaks of kindness and hospitality, the business community will get to keep their low-wage, Spanish speaking employees to scrub their bathrooms and sweep their floors, and the upper class will still have access to cheap nannies for their children and gardeners for their lawns.
The payers of this farce of humanity will be the rest of us who will see our taxdollars go to support a whole community that considers themselves, not Americans, but Mexicans.

PresidentObama can take all the credit for this disaster in the making. The Dems can send hordes of volunteers to the largest barrios to sign up new voters who will trade their votes for anything free. The Repubs will gain nothing, nor will they get any credit from the new citizens for their efforts.
The Gang of Eight’s proposal will be sliced, diced and mostly ignored as a blanket amnesty without any provisions for enhanced border security or requirements that our new citizens speak passable English.

srdem65 January 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

…………passible English will be passed by a majority and enacted as the new law of the land.

Mrs Compton January 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

Nailed it.

SnarkEsq. January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

And once Obama signs it, his administration will “interpret” the enforcement provisions however it wants, and a new movement in Congress will begin to junk them altogether.

Exactly, Keith. This country is screwed again!

Swedishlady January 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis ( see Drudge, Hot Air ) the US economy shrank in the fourth Quarter 2012. GDP dropped to – 0,1 %. Could it be an effect of the reelection ? This presidents politics , including this immigration bill, certainly isn´t stimulating the economy, on the contrary. Alas, if Romney had been elected instead…..

Star January 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

I saw that–not good. Certainly belies the chirpy crap I hear sometimes about the “robust” recovery–all good, etc.

JBH January 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

They are already blaming on Sandy and a reduction in defense spending leading up to the fiscal cliff.

Star January 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Yeah–NPR was spinning its little heart out, too. Two quarters of neg growth means…what again?–recession?

Girly1 January 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

Excellent analysis, Keith. I believe Obama stated that if Congress doesn’t get a Bill to him within two months, he will present his own Bill to them for an up or down vote. As soon as the ink on his signature is dry, there will be instant/provisional ‘legalization’ for every one of the 15-20M illegals. The green cards will come later, but the damage will be irrevocable – a Reagan 1986 redux of Amnesty without border enforcement.

The path to citizenship is nonsense! Illegals have no vested interested in this country – they’re only interested in a permanent legal status and all the bennies. They don’t even bother to learn English. They will continue to manufacture anchor babies for us to feed clothe, educate and medicate.

As an added reward for their illegal border hopping, Obama has decided to fast-track family re-unification! We will be deluged with strangers from G-d knows where – Muslims, Indians, Chinese – you name it. Who are these people?

This is the final nail in our Sovereignty. RIP, America!

srdem65 January 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

Family re-unification, of course. Aunts, uncles, cousins, Nana, cousins once removed, ex-wives, their children.
He also wants the “gay” partners to join together in our country.

Susan January 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

You are probably right, Keith. If amnesty ever sees the light of day it will be the death of the Republican party. The RINOs think if they vote for amnesty, Hispanics will see they aren’t the racist old white guys the state-run media says they are. No matter that GHW Bush lost Hispanic votes after Reagan granted amnesty to more than 3 million illegal aliens (estimated at 1.2 million before passage of the bill). No matter that there are probably twice as many as the 11 million now estimated. No matter our economy is on life support and we don’t have enough jobs for our own citizens much less a bunch of third world illiterates. Like Shofar said “What fresh hell is this”.

Once the already dumbed-down citizenry has been diluted with these newly minted citizens, Preezy Revenge will have accomplished his goal of fundamentally transforming America. The final touch will be when the creepy ballerina demolishes Reagan’s childhood home in Chicago to build Obama’s shrine. The symbolism of conquest will then be complete.

Julie Brueckheimer January 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

This very sobering, but I think you are correct, and I hope you have the ears of some Republicans in Washington. It’s another Trojan Horse like Obamacare and will end up being called the law of the land with a good majority of the country against part of all of it. Once again the Republicans have their eyes shut, and Rubio may break his pick with Republican voters.

regina January 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

forget america this is obama’s country

SnarkEsq. January 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

Keith, sorry to be off topic, but I wanted to be sure you saw this in connection with yesterday’s post about Moochelle’s Let’s Move campaign. The Daily Mail talks quite a bit about White House Dossier:

Julie Brueckheimer January 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

“Unauthorized blog”? Is WH Dossier supposed to have the WH stamp of approval? Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine who is a huge supporter of Obama, has blood relatives on a couple of British newspapers. Her father is an important person on the pro-Obama Manchester Guardian, and her brother is pollitical editor on another paper whose name I forget. It could be this one you link.

srdem65 January 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Oh noes, the Brits are watching us! The WhiteHouse donks are monitoring us! Oh noes, whatever shall we do?

Stunning, shocking news that after the “don’t move” piece, the WhiteHouse posts photos of a so-called harvest.

Hey, Michelle. How’s everything going? We have mixed feelings about your new ‘do, but it’s your hair and you do what you want with it.
Take care, now.

Susan January 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

It’s not really her hair, srdem. Technically it is hers if one of her handmaidens made the purchase. Wouldn’t doubt some poor horse lost its mane to create that wighat.

That “freshly picked harvest” looks pretty suspect too…

Julie Brueckheimer January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Freshly picked at the most gourmet groceries in D.C. more like it.

Anonna January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

These new citizens, and there are far more than 11 million, already have jobs that they obtained illegally and are working illegally. They already have access to the dole through their anchor babies. If they personally need health care, they go to hospitals and get it by giving fake names and walking away from the bill — hospitals are required to give care.

They are parasites even if they work. And if we need millions of additional citizens, and I don’t think we do, why would we choose people whose first act was to break our border laws, who have been breaking our laws daily ever since, and who now have the attitude that having crawled into our home without permission they have the right to be adopted into our family?

Blair January 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Does any thinking person every bring up the obvious negative economic impact that this proposal has on blacks who currently are dealing with the worst unemplyment numbers and overall economic opportunity options since LBJ. Sad but they just applaud politely and pretend that their race wont be adversely impacted. Alternative reality theory in action.

Should anyone want to see where this ends please take a trip to Southern California and especially LA county and city. Hard working hispanics have displaced so many native citizens of all races.

Anonna January 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I think racial-politicos think that all non-whites will join in a big happy non-white block, so the appearance of millions of latinos and their anchor babies just means more non-whites. Very naive. There’s the potential of a civil war between blacks and latinos, but that won’t show until their interests start to clash for real. When latinos are no longer fearful at all of deportation the race clash will start to heat up.

Girly1 January 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Corrupt Chinese politicians have surreptitiously been buying up BILLIONS of $$$ worth of U.S. real estate. Will they be included in Obama’s blanket amnesty?

gracepmc January 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m old fashioned. Secure the Border. Enforce existing law. Then move on to other immigration legislation. But that will never happen with this Administration as Eric Holder’s bringing lawsuits against like Arizona attests.

Initially my concern with this Immigration charade was that the borders be secure. But in an article by M. Kaus (not normal reading for me) and while he is going against Fox, what he pointed out which was important to me was that the problem even larger than border enforcement or path to citizenship was the immediate legalization of illegal immigrants.

Immigration is a contentious issue in America and it is more important today when we have a President and a Social Democrat Party who are willing to barter away the safety and security of the US for votes and leave the payment for their decision squarely on the backs of those few Americans who still have jobs.

gracepmc January 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Michelle Malkin concisely recaps our immigration efforts and rightly addresses the distress the President and others share when they plead for the 11 million illegal aliens. What about the 24 million unemployed Americans? Are they less important than 11+million people who chose to come here illegally? To say nothing of the those who proceed legally. If you are opposed to any new immigration legislation before securing our borders and enforcing existing laws, then read this

Susan January 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Speaking of the gang of eight’s immigration agreement, Democrat Senator Robert Menendez is a member of the gang. Has anybody heard a peep from state-run media about the FBI raiding the office of the doctor who helped the good senator coordinate and pay for his trips to the Dominican Republic where he engaged in some less than savory behavior with children?

MichelleIndependent January 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The term “illegal immigrants” should be replaced with “illegal entrants.”