We wanted to break down some of the President's remarks he made yesterday to the press while he was alongside Mexican President, Felipe Calderon but first check out one of his opening lines from yesterday:
When our neighbors are in need, whether in Honduras or in Haiti, we respond together. And when we expand partnerships between our people, it forges connections that leads to greater prosperity and opportunity for decades to come.
That's what we call a backdoor curve ball. Everyone got the Haiti reference because we did indeed do the heavy-lifting with the relief effort down there but people were probably scratching their heads wondering what tragic natural disaster struck Honduras.
Check out our blog archives here on Honduras and get yourself up to speed on the man-made disaster that befell Honduras. Suffice to say that if "we respond together" means siding with Hugo Chavez in bullying the legitimate government of Honduras, threatening to cut aid to the country and revoking the visas of Honduran diplomats and officials then by damn we bent over backwards and took the shirt off our backs in "responding" to the Honduran people.
Mr. President, some of us out here are paying attention.
OK, here's what we really want to sink our teeth into because it represents a meme' that we have heard in the past and which we will hear with increasing frequency as we approach the fashioning of immigration reform legislation. Roll the tape:
We also discussed the new law in Arizona, which is a misdirected effort -- a misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system, and which has raised concerns in both our countries. Today, I want every American to know my administration has devoted unprecedented resources in personnel and technology to securing our border. Illegal immigration is down, not up, and we will continue to do what's necessary to secure our shared border.
First, we're not completely convinced that illegal immigration is down. At least the Associated Press doesn't think so. Our economy is still a mess right now but the situation down in Mexico is do dire, more people are coming even still.
Now about this "broken immigration system" thing. This is the rhetorical device the Amnesty crowd has used in the past and will continue to use. It's the old, We understand your frustration, that's why we have to do something to fix the system. And then, just like health care, they go and pass legislation that will only make things much worse.
And is the system really broken? We do have a guest worker program. We do issue visas and green cards for people who want to enter this country legally for a variety of reasons. We even have a pathway to naturalized citizenship that is run by the State Department. We don't necessarily hear people complaining about these things. If they are, then its a matter of efficiency rather than an inherent or fundamental wrongness of these programs.
Don't be fooled. "The system is broken" is merely code for "We lack the political will to enforce the laws and to work on improving the existing immigration system."
Challenge people on this point if they bring it up: "Precisely what is it about our immigration system that is broken?" Or, perhaps better, write your Congressman asking the same question.
The Great Amnesty Push of 2010/2011 is inevitable and we need to be ready.