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December 17, 2013 - 8:06 am

So sad.

The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has endangered another of President Barack Obama’s top agenda items: Immigration reform.

It’s forcing the White House and its allies to confront a basic, but politically potent, criticism. If the government can’t build a website, how can it be trusted to correctly process millions of undocumented immigrants and require every employer to verify the status of their workers?

The Senate bill would beef up border enforcement, expand the nation’s temporary worker program, and create legalization pathways for the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally. That may be now too much for Congress to handle, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), both a lead co-sponsor of the Senate bill and leading Obamacare critic.

“It’s going to make it harder to sell big deals,” Graham said. “People are now saying, ‘So you’re gonna do immigration. You’re gonna let the same people manage the immigration system that’s managed Obamacare?’”

Incompetence is one issue that Obamacare has raised. There is another, deeper and more disturbing issue that Obamacare has also raised, and which Politico does not explore. That issue is how Obama’s government will implement any “reform” that gets passed.

Obama has illegally delayed key parts of Obamacare for his own political benefit and convenience. He has delayed mandates past elections, both the 2012 and 2014 elections. He has gotten away with it. There is no reason to believe that he would not do the same thing to any immigration law that passed. There is every reason to believe that he would do exactly that. The Democrats’ MO on immigration since the 1986 reform has been to promise security in exchange for amnesty, get the amnesty and scuttle security at the first opportunity. Obama’s record strongly suggests that he would only speed up the process of scuttling security and use any excuse to fast-track amnesty. Passing the Senate’s bill just gives him the excuse he needs.

Business interests in the GOP and race interests in the Democratic Party would be fine with that, make no mistake about it. Boehner, Graham, McCain, Ryan et al all have something in common with their counterparts on the Democratic side — none of them really prioritize security. Republicans want the issue of immigration reform off the table. Democrats want to mint millions of new voters, a majority of which will presumably vote Democrat.

Republicans have no reason to trust Obama on implementing any immigration reform. None. But they desperately want to pass something and trust him anyway.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama has illegally refused to enforce (through various means) essential elements of Obamacare that have been politically inconvenient to him. Why should anyone expect him to enforce elements of an immigration law that are either politically inconvenient or ideologically opposite his views?
17 weeks ago
17 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, let's play "Plug n' Play Immigration".

In this game, we take the known actions of Obamacare and plug those actions into Immigrationscam.

In Obamacare, the whole premise was based on a pack of lies. What lies will come to light after immiscam?

In Obamacare, no security checks were even attempted prior to opening the floodgates. What security issues will be unattended in immiscam?

In Obamacare, by presidential fiat...ALL the requirements for properly signing up, dates for implementation, rules for coverage, and those properly in network...have been abandoned.

What dates, rules for implementation, proper guidelines for who is covered and who is properly included...will be abandoned?

Obamacare is based on the "honor" system for declaring income. Will immiscam just let anyone declare "on their honor" that the stolen identity they obtained when border crashing is not going to be used in the future? That they weren't members of a gang that ran guns across the border? Oh wait, this president might have a different outlook on a stolen social security number and running guns to gangs across the border. Never mind.
17 weeks ago
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That would be a real shame. If it lead to tax cuts and less spending that would be an even bigger crisis.
17 weeks ago
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The Republicans should have enough self-interest not to want to see immigration reform passed, just because most of them will vote Democratic. There seems to be a different force at work: the corporate lobbyists and donors who all appear to very much want 'immigration reform' and who own most of the 'moderate' Republicans as well as all of the Democrats. It is astonishing how many corporate executives have gotten up to talk about justice as it applies to immigration.
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