Pay Attention, Corey Stewart

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    Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,” the president said at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military.

    In fact, I’ve instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.

    He added, “As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future – a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world.”

    “Misguided efforts” like…portrayed here, for instance?

    • pvogel

      I have raised a travel advisory. When checking in to a flight to AZ, Bring along a passport.It is now Illegal not to have one

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      I do not have words.  

    • DanielK

      Warning: I am extremely conservative when it comes to immigration.  (Sorry purists)

      The fact that immigration reform is coming up with a little more than six month before the mid term elections is a complete nightmare for the Democrats.  I personally believe that if people thought the backlash against health care reform was bad they haven’t seen anything yet.  It failed in 2007 and I have a feeling it’ll be even worse but I’ll leave my analysis for later.

      The federal government has severely limited the amount of illegal alien enforcement and made the Southwest portion of the country so porous. Our immigration law are not strong enough on enforcement and sadly focuses too much on giving a “pathway to citizenship” for those who have broken the law.  Limited resources has limited the ability of Immigration and Customs enforcement to do their jobs which is to capture and deport illegal immigration.  Those millions of illegals who are here are here legally and whether people argue it’s a “civil” penalty it’s still a crime where you can be detained and deported. I think many people view any attempts at reform as a reward for those who blatantly break the law and ignore our current laws.  Whether you agree with that sentiment or not it is the truth.  For me, I am disgusted that people I know, many of whom are permanent residents have followed the rules and laws are being overlooked to get people out of the shadows and have never made any rational attempt to do the right thing and become legal residents.  Arizona has seen a rash increase of illegal immigration and crime related to it and seeing the federal government do absolutely nothing what do you expect.  People want to see action and even if it fails in court those legislators are going to be seen by their constituents as at least trying.  

      Finally, I think the reason why immigration has come up is two fold:  First, I believe the administration and the political advisers know that many congressional Democrats are toast this November and they should push through as much of their legislative priorities as possible. Second, tied into the first point it will energize the Hispanic base and thus help election turnout because they feel he has forgotten about them.  Ohama hasn’t forgotten about them he simply knows that it is a lighting rod of an issue that I don’t believe favors the Democrats.  Most of my analysis comes from the fact that even some very knowledgeable Democrats who are on the ground aren’t very excited about dealing with this.

    • Teddy Goodson

      describes the beginning of a caste system, and is likely how that of India with its unshceduled or untouchable classes began in early history after a conquest by a different ethnic group.

      Be that as it may, the real result in today’s world of a permanent underclass is, I suspect, something the big money corporations as well as all too many smaller businesses find attractive: it enables them to make workers compete with each other in a rush to the bottom of the wage totem pole, putting all power in the hands of employers to force wages down and down, with no thought or concern for the social consequences for the community and society as a whole.

      At the beginning of extensive globalization, when manufacturing jobs and even service jobs (like call centers) were leaving the US by the thousands, even by the millions, one investor and CEO (whose name unfortunately excapes me) said “American labor is simply going to have to accept the world wage level like in Asia (India, China, Vietnam)—- we’ll continue to send our manufacturing overseas until labor accepts that fact.”