Obama Isn't a Champion for Immigration Reform
There are still worksite raids being carried out. This, despite opposition from immigrant rights groups and the fact that Obama said during the presidential campaign that ICE agents were "terrorizing" families with such raids. Supposedly, the agency is paying more attention to employers, but that doesn't mean that it is overlooking illegal immigrants. They're still being apprehended just as they always have been. They're still being processed. And they're still being deported.
Personally, I'm glad that's the case. And I'm also glad the raids are continuing. Just because I support comprehensive immigration reform that would allow some illegal immigrants to legally remain in the United States provided they met certain conditions doesn't mean I think we should suspend all enforcement activities. If we did that, how would we deal with those who didn't meet the conditions?
Besides, I'm not the one in a pickle. Obama's Latino supporters have a lot invested in this narrative they've created
out of whole cloth that he'll be a champion for immigration reform.
Nothing that he has done up to now suggests that to be true. All the left has gotten is pushed back deadlines and empty promises.
I never bought that line about Obama championing immigration reform, and so I'm not among the disillusioned.
During a recent speech to the Center for American Progress, Napolitano teased the issue once more. She defined immigration reform as a "three-legged stool" -- better enforcement, clearer pathways for future legal immigrants, and "a firm but fair way to deal with (illegal immigrants) who are already here."
Enforcement is easy. But Napolitano doesn't seem all that eager to build the other two legs of the stool.
"When Congress is ready to act," Napolitano said, "we will be ready to support them."
That's it? And what if Congress is never ready? On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is expected to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The 10-point plan provides for enforcement but also gives illegal immigrants a pathway to earned legalization, promotes integration of immigrants, and tries to manage the future
flow of immigrants by protecting American workers from having to compete with foreign workers. But the debate is just starting. And there is no guarantee that Gutierrez can even convince fellow Democrats to go along with his reform plan, let alone Republicans.
What the Obama administration is offering the country with regard to immigration reform isn't leadership. And Obama's liberal supporters shouldn't pretend otherwise. After all, the left would do well to remember that devotion is one thing. Delusion is another.