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Will the Immigration Issue Play a Major Role in the Midterms?

If 2014 is a wave election, part of the tide will be due to concerns about border security.

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Rich Baehr

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August 3, 2014 - 12:11 am
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The Hispanic share of the American population (over 16%) and registered voters (over 10%) is increasing rapidly. Barack Obama’s decisive win over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters in 2012 — by about 73% to 27%,  if the exit polls are to be believed — was a far wider margin than Obama achieved in 2008 and  John Kerry or other Democrats won with this voting group in earlier presidential election cycles.

An attempt to reverse that trend was one reason why several Republican senators were part of the Group of 8 that attempted to draft a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and why more than a dozen Republican senators signed on to the  bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by a vote of 68 to 32. Several Republican congressman participated in a similar effort in the House, though with less success.

The Senate bill stalled in the House, where a large majority of Republicans were opposed to what they viewed as amnesty with a path to citizenship for illegals in the United States and a continuation of chained immigration policies that would lead to a mix of new immigrants favoring family unification over skilled immigrants.

There was support for immigration reform from some major Republican financial contributors, the K Street crowd, and many businesses and Chamber of Commerce types who were happy to make low-wage labor legal and more widespread.  Silicon Valley supported immigration reform, but really cared mainly about expanding the number of skilled workers they could hire.

President Obama attempted to apply pressure to House Republicans to get on board by stripping off “dreamers” as a separate group who would not be deported (in other words, for whom immigration laws would not be enforced). The dreamers are a group of illegals who were brought here as children and either served in the military or attended college.

Then came the recent flood of Central American young people crossing into Texas, and to a lesser extent California and Arizona. The supporters of immigration reform have argued that the new wave is attributable to terrible conditions in the migrants’ home countries (high murder rates among them), which presumably would argue for Chicago’s South Side and West Side youngsters to be fleeing north to Canada, seeking asylum to avoid the gang murderers in their midst.

Tea Party members and their media supporters, but also many other Americans if recent polls are to be believed, have been angered by the latest wave of illegal immigrants, which they believe is in large part a result of a green light issued by the Obama administration when it announced its policy on “dreamers” and promised amnesty to illegals.  When a country no longer has effective borders, it is certainly less of a sovereign country.

The Obama administration, as was to be expected, asked for more money (about $4 billion), only a small part of which was to be applied for deportations (returning the young people to their countries of origin). Now, there are rumors that President Obama will soon issue a new executive order that will provide the right to work for millions of illegals, since immigration reform is going nowhere in the current Congress, with prospects further reduced beginning in 2015 if Republicans win control of the Senate (a slightly better than  50% prospect at this point). Several lawyers are convinced that such an action by the president would be illegal on its face, and politically, it would be certain to create a strong reaction among those already unhappy with the administration (well over 50% at this point). A recent survey asking about a re-vote of the 2012 race gave Romney a decisive 9% point victory.

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n.b.

Any wishy washy republican in November should be turned down, too, someone who babbles about "amnesty", someone like McCain who whined that individuals entering the country illegally are "children of God, too" (tho' McC's not on the ballot this year)

In 2008 before Barry passed her and she was still a contender, Hillary shouted to a Las Vegas man whose illegal spouse was hiding in the next room...

"No woman is illegal !"

Enough already, e-fricking-nough

This place is going down the drain.
7 weeks ago
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Ilegante irse a casa.

FWIW one percent of unemployment equals about 1.1 or 1.2 million jobs.
12 million Ilegante's probably equals about 8 million workers.
Want unemployment to drop?

Some argue that we can't, practically, deport 12 million people. Why not? I can organize and execute a plan that gets it done in 1-2 years.

Pshaw.
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"An attempt to reverse that trend was one reason why several Republican senators were part of the Group of 8 that attempted to draft a comprehensive immigration reform bill"

I don't believe any of that. They could not have been so mind numbingly stupid as to think Republicans would ever get the "latino" vote and especially not the "latino" vote of the illegals once legalized. Look at what happened in the past with amnesties. I think you should "follow the money" as it probably leads straight to the Chamber of Crony Corporatism and Third World Serf Labor. And what you call a "comprehensive immigration reform bill" was clearly to have been Big Amnesty/Big Rewards for tens of millions of low rung third world invaders.
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No sane government would have allowed this border situation in the first place. This is beyond incomprehensible.
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Immigration and border security should and probably be a major issue in the upcoming elections, but it shouldn't be the only issue.

The American people need to take a hard look at their elected representatives and seriously address what is going on in this country. I favor Mark Levin's solution, expertly argued in his book The Liberty Amendments. The state legislatures should convene a Constitutional Convention, bypass Congress, the Judiciary and the Presidency altogether, and pass amendments that reign in this runaway federal government. Of course, that would requires that the citizens in the several state elected legislators intent on actually restoring and revitalizing American culture, which is unlikely so the point is moot.

So, instead we get blather and not reason. Deport them all! That is not logistically possible. Build a fence! That would be a waste of resources and manpower and wouldn't do much to solve the problem.

Did you know that drug smugglers and human traffickers are using drainage tunnels to gain free and easy access to Laredo? That's where the largest truck stop in the world is, giving them access to the interior. And did you know that it is agency policy that border patrol agents are not allowed to follow illegals into these drainage tunnels and apprehend them? Building a fence won't impede this invasion. So this all all just posturing.

What I don't hear is a reasoned solution to the immigration problem. Here's what will really work. Put an end to this birthright citizenship nonsense. That is not what the 14th amendment says, nor is it the law of the land. Audit and heavily fine any and all businesses that hire illegals. Close all schools and hospitals to illegals. Deny welfare and public services to illegals. Make overstaying your Visa a felony, subject to imprisonment and deportation.

These people are invading this country for the benefits. Remove those and the problem solves itself. If they cannot be employed, receive handouts, free education or health care, they would have no reason to come here or stay. They would self-deport.

As for the criminal element, forcible enforcement of the law works best. I personally favor chain gangs and hard labor, followed by immediate deportation to the capital city of whatever cesspool they crawled out from.

And while we're at it, we the American citizens, assuming that we elect responsible legislators and representatives at the city, county, state, and federal level, can repeal the 16th amendment, which was never ratified by the states, disband the IRS, pass an amendment that states Congress shall pass no law that is not equally binding on Congress, insider trading for example, totally reform the education system from grade through graduate school, declare English the national language, and streamline immigration so that educated, intelligent and productive foreigners who want to become Americans don't have to wait two years.

In other words, deny illegals all benefits, arrest criminals, and reform the country. Tell Mexico in no uncertain terms that not honoring the Treaty of Hidalgo will be considered an act of war, because the last thing Mexico wants is another war with the United States.

Public services, such as education, health care, welfare, unemployment, etc. shall be reserved for American citizens alone. A pregnant Latina who wades across a river or crawls through a drainage tunnel to give birth is not an American citizen and neither is her love child. Neither will receive any benefits and both will be deported.

Make that perfectly clear, and it solves the immigration problem. You either enter this country legally, or you get nothing.

As for making English the national language and reforming the education syestem, let me tell you. If any of these illegals, assuming they were allowed in the classroom, had to deal with my high school English teacher, they would have been running out crying, desperate to get back home where they speak Spanish. Believe me, because I hated that woman. She was strict. I mean, like really strict. I grew up speaking English, and I hated her. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to be a Spanish-speaking illegal in her classroom.

This is what I'm talking about. Sensible reform and strict enforcement. Nothing else will work.
7 weeks ago
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The entire Democrat demographic strategic is based upon the assumption that every Hispanic vote is a Democrat vote. Groupthink applies. If 95% of blacks can be persuaded to vote in lock-step, why can't Hispanics? The Democrat Plantation can only grow.
This is cynical beyond description. In their schemes I see more of Machiavelli than Baby Jesus.
7 weeks ago
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Does anyone else find it absurd that only 3.9% of the House is considered "tossup", while apparently everything else is considered "safe"?

What, may I ask, is the point of even holding an election under these circumstances? It certainly adds fuel to the argument in favor of term limits.
7 weeks ago
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Immigration as conceived by the Democrats is an inundation of America. Sure, we can discuss "immigration reform," but if and only if the southern border is sealed and no more illegals can enter. The sole reason the Dems want "amnesty" is so that they can issue voter ID cards to each illegal immigrant.
7 weeks ago
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The problem is that we are seeing this fight within the frame of a nation of laws and our adversaries respond only to objectives that do not take into consideration the laws of the land. They are "men of lawlessness" and sooner or later this will become a contest of force. I say it with a heavy heart.
7 weeks ago
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As Speaker in Florida, Rubio blocked several immigration enforcement bills that had bi-partisan backing. They guy is so "progressive" on "immigration" that he is to the left of some Democrats. His “evolutions” toward the right always occur when the polls show that he needs them.

He is a sleazy liar whose removal from office is not so much a question of ideology, but of political hygiene.
7 weeks ago
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That's hardly surprising, considering Daddy and Mommy Rubio were still Cuban nationals until little Mario was five years old. Guess there might be something to that old "natural-born" requirement and being brought up with a single allegiance after all.
7 weeks ago
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Cuba should have been a US state, and so should have been Panama. They would be like New Mexico or Texas by now. Of all Latin American countries Cuba is the one with a population that is the most similar to the US, a country of natural entrepreneurs. It was the 8th economy in the world at one point. Cubans feel they are Americans: it took a lot of work to subjugate them with lies and executions. It would take them just a few years --once the creeps are gone-- to go back to where they left in 1958. It does not mean much that Rubio's parents did not become US citizens right away. Many of them still have hopes of defeating Castro and returning to Cuba. Rubio is his own person but we should take good care of keeping the Dade Co. Cuban-American community on the Conservative side. Some of them are more conservative than many a columnist in this venue!
7 weeks ago
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"Group of 8"?

The correct term is "Gang of 8." GANG.
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Barry is just following an agenda. I suspect one he approves.

One part of the full court press to change culture in these United States is bring in millions of Marxists voting for more Marxism. However, this recent attack on the southern US border is an act of war meant to cause overloading of the system.

My first thoughts are security and medical well being. We should know in a few weeks to two months if small pox, TB and G-d knows what else overloads America. What are the board members of Citibank doing with their families? Bugging out of America? How much medicine do you have? The right kind? Armed?
7 weeks ago
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Of course it will be a factor in the elections, if we have them, and it could cut both ways. It could be the motivating factors to keep Black Americans home. However, the margin of vote fraud has been increasing and may be unbeatable by now.

However, the efforts of the Institutional Republicans to slip Amnesty and Permanent Open Borders through despite the will of the Base could well backfire.

Example: The Republican US Senate candidate will be in my town this afternoon for a "meet and greet". I have to admit that he is far superior to the Democrat incumbent, but I also have to admit that being superior to him is a bloody low bar to clear. I probably will vote for him, unlike in my Congressional race where I am tired of excuses about how they can't fight back. That ballot slot I will leave blank.

However, I intend to publicly confront the Senate candidate, who is a sitting Congressman, over the dog and pony show they pulled before recess. While pretending to do something, they added funding to more efficiently distribute illegal invaders all over the country and did nothing to stop the flow. I and my family and friends may be facing the automatic weapons of DHS and ICE as we try to stop the buses bringing them to our area. I am going to want to know what he has done personally to stop the flow of invaders, and why he is paying the government thugs who will be pointing guns at us?

His answer may convince me, and others, to leave that ballot slot blank too.

Subotai Bahadur
7 weeks ago
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Leaving ballots blank, now there's the ticket. Why not just drown yourself?
7 weeks ago
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Suggest rephrasing the title of your article...

"As they try every which way, from executive order to repeated violations of standing United States law, to get more and more illegals into the United States, will there be a sufficient number of awake, aware and pissed off Americans to defeat every single democrat on the ballot in November ?"

May be a bit long for a title, though.
7 weeks ago
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n.b.

Any wishy washy republican in November should be turned down, too, someone who babbles about "amnesty", someone like McCain who whined that individuals entering the country illegally are "children of God, too" (tho' McC's not on the ballot this year)

In 2008 before Barry passed her and she was still a contender, Hillary shouted to a Las Vegas man whose illegal spouse was hiding in the next room...

"No woman is illegal !"

Enough already, e-fricking-nough

This place is going down the drain.
7 weeks ago
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Just leave ballots blank! That will show them.
7 weeks ago
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Or vote Democrat, if the alternative is Boehner or McConnell.
7 weeks ago
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I just saw a video of Hillary saying that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emd1SXX-YSA

Thus, she promises not to enforce American sovereign control of our borders if she becomes President. I shudder for America's future.
7 weeks ago
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Don't forget Jeb "act of love" Bush as another one to be repudiated.
7 weeks ago
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Please, please NOT ANOTHER BUSH!
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