by William Teach | November 17, 2014 6:58 am
As Mr. Obama makes noise about using his kingly, er, executive power to grant a temporary “amnesty” to millions of illegal aliens, their parents, etc (temporary because the order can be immediately cancelled after he leaves office, and would supposedly be only for a 4 year period of time anyhow), what did Mr. Obama write about illegals a short 8 years ago?
(Daily Caller) President Obama once declared that an influx of illegal immigrants will harm “the wages of blue-collar Americans” and “put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
“The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,” Obama noted. “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
That is from Obama’s 2006 book “The Audacity Of Hope”, and those are among the exact concerns stressed by opponents of any sort of legalization and/or pathway to citizenship.
Obama’s apparently a raaaaacist, too
“Native-born Americans suspect that it is they, and not the immigrant, who are being forced to adapt” to social changes caused by migration, he said.
“And if I’m honest with myself, I must admit that I’m not entirely immune to such nativist sentiments,” Obama wrote. “When I see Mexican flags waved at pro-immigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”
Huh. Bigot! Oh, wait, he’s a Democrat, so he’s excused from that, ya know.
Careful observers of Obama’s modern-day immigration rhetoric will note that he does not discuss the impact millions of formerly-illegal immigrants would have on the wages of American workers. Rather, Obama has repeatedly declared, “It’s the right thing to do.”
Of course, he never actually explains why it is the right thing to do.
O’s plan would also drastically increase the guest worker program. He was not particularly happy about it when “shamnesty” was being pushed in 2006 by Bush and the Republicans, writing
“The guest worker provision of the bill troubled me,” Obama wrote, “it was essentially a sop to big business, a means for them to employ immigrants without granting them citizenship rights—indeed, a means for business to gain the benefits of outsourcing without having to locate their operations overseas.”
This is exactly what he’s doing now. Why is he doing it? He can’t be re-elected. This may way decrease his poll numbers. Americans do not want this. It will harm American prosperity for the middle and lower classes. He wants a fight with Republicans. He lives for strife and conflict, rather than discussion and governance. I think he actually prefers a Republican Congress. This is his community organizer background in play. Compromise is not a word he practices.
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