In his most specific pledge yet to US Hispanics, President Obama said Saturday he would tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term.Compare that to what he said in July 2007 to the National Council of La Raza:
“This is something I care deeply about,’’ he told Univision. “It’s personal to me.’’
When I'm president, I will put comprehensive immigration reform back on the nation's agenda. And I will not rest until it is passed once and for all.In March 2009 here is what he promised Hispanic groups:
And when May 2009 rolled around? Crickets. So how's all that hype 'n change working out you on the left on this issue? During his first two years in office, with overwhelming Democrat control of both houses of C0ngress, Obama did exactly squat to advance immigration reform. Further, if you go to his website, barackobama.com, you still won't even see mention of immigration reform as an issue, as of today, April 15, 2012.
According to an immigrant advocacy group in Massachusetts, Obama is to lay out his proposal in May."We are pleased that the President met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reiterate his commitment to immigration reform and that he will be laying out his plan for such reform in early May," Eva A. Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement.
I took a screen shot for posterity:
Not a word about this issue, because, clearly he's not resting.
Since the President won't propose a clear path ahead, the I will, and I hope Mitt Romney follows suit.
- Secure the border. This is the down payment expected by a nation that wants respect for the rule of law. No other part of immigration reform is going to matter or get enacted without this happening first, because we've been lied to by Democrats and Republicans alike. When we are sure that people aren't entering the U.S. illegally, we can talk about the rest of this agenda.
- A reasonable penalty for those who have come illegally and wish to stay. Top on my list of requirements will be to register as aliens. They would get a valid social security card, to lessen the market for identity theft. Also they must agree never to vote, because you won't become a citizen by breaking our laws.
- Expand our guest worker programs and H-1B visa programs. By the way, Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has led the charge to restrict H-1B visas, with Obama's apparent acquiescence. How does that square with the President's desire to reform immigration. More evidence that Obama is lying. There is a lot of evidence that the more skilled we immigrants we bring to America, the more jobs we create.
- Provide a path for all foreign students who complete an advanced degree to remain in the United States and find work. Give unlimited numbers of visas to these students who do find work.
This is a start, Romney could adopt this plan and immediately get Obama on the defensive.
After further research, I find that many of the elements of my plan turn out to be very similar to Newt Gingrich's. I recommend his website to read a more comprehensive treatment of this issue. Even though I didn't support Newt, he really is the smartest guy in the room.