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Obama Reiterates Commitment to Immigration Reform

By Scott Wilson
President Obama told a Hispanic prayer breakfast today that he is committed to passing "comprehensive immigration reform," although he did not give the audience a timeline for doing so.

Hispanics supported Obama by a wide margin in the last election, and many of their leaders have grown impatient waiting for a president busy with the economic crisis to move on their agenda.

Their primary interest is immigration reform, a politically complex initiative that involves economics, race and America's history as a nation of immigrants, which Obama invoked today at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

In remarks, Obama reiterated his position that reform should include tighter border control and a path for millions of undocumented immigrants to achieve legal status and citizenship, if they choose.

"For those who wish to become citizens, we should require them to pay a penalty and pay taxes, learn English, go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules," Obama said. "That is the fair, practical, and promising way forward."

He did not say whether he would seek legislation this year, as Hispanic leaders have urged him to do. Administration officials have said it may be possible to push for immigration reform this fall after Congress finishes work on health care and energy legislation.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 19, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
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THE MAJORITY OF--THE PEOPLE--MUST SPEAK UP OR WE SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES IN THE MONTHS AHEAD.
The American public are kept in the dark, while secret discussions happen behind closed doors. They have stealthily drafted a path to citizenship. But then whose going to pay for all the processing? The criminal investigations in foreign countries, that do not store police records. All the examinations for contagious diseases, tuberculosis and hidden major ailment, who taxpayers will foot the bill once legalized? How about millions around the world, waiting for the harbinger of BLANKET AMNESTY to ring out--causing a mass, unstoppable rush for the defenseless border. Bring in with it more impoverished, no skills, no education, no conscious or no integrity. Just another burden on our already overwhelmed society. Amongst this unrestrained force will come the junkies, drug dealers, skin traders, immigrant families and terrorists. With national security already compromised, we cannot even visualize the terrible danger to our population. We have already seen the escalation of--HATE CRIMES--which truthfully must be placed at our Senators, congressman and elected officers doors--as they have absolutely ignored the peoples cry for immigration enforcement. Frustration is growing on a grand scale and a few in either quarter are willing to turn to violence. The American people will not be treated as imbeciles, "telling us we are all god's children? The en-masse population of this country, live by the Rule of Law and respect it. Unlike some of those individuals who we voted for? There is no doubt in my mind, they will be ready to shove a BLANKET AMNESTY--down our throats before this congress retires, knowing they will be highly vulnerable in the coming year, or whenever the incumbent comes up for reelection?

The only way that illegal immigration occupational army will be--ERADICATED--for good, is the paramount overwhelming pressure of public awareness, bearing down on their Senators and Congressman? It will also forcibly remove the nefarious activities of criminals. THE COST TO SUPPORT THESE ILLEGAL PEOPLE IS ASTRONOMICAL! Say--YES--to e-verify! It will empty the workplace of illegal labor stealing jobs. Errors can be resolved at the Social Security office, where illegal workers wouldn't dare to go.

Tell our corrupted legislators to seal THE BORDER. TELL THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE BORDER FENCE AND HALT WEAKENING IMMIGRATION LAWS AND STOP PANDERING TO THE OPEN BORDERS, FREE TRADERS AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. Say--NO--to any AMNESTY. Outside of this--NOTHING WILL HAPPEN--EXCEPT ANOTHER PRE-ARRANGED AMNESTY, THAT TAXPAYERS WILL GET THE BILL IN INFINITY. READ ABOUT THE IRREVERSIBLE OVERPOPULATION NIGHTMARE. Digest more of the facts and unbiased truth at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH,CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICANPATROL. Find out undisclosed news and the numbers of illegal aliens in the penal system at THEDARKSIDEOFILLEGALIMMIGRATION & ILLEGALIMMIGRATIONDAILY.

Posted by: infinity555 | June 20, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Call your Congressional Representatives and demand they support HR 1868 to end the so called anchor baby law.

Demand that the border fence be finished.

Demand that E-Verify be passed and strictly enforced.

Until we end the flow of illegal aliens in this Country amnesty is off the table.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is obama pandering to these ILLEGAL ALIENS? We're in a recession, 10 million Americans out of work and he wants to add 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS to this Country.

I can't say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ILLEGAL ALIEN BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, "NO"!

If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed!

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.

It's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It's time for them to get back to their own country where they belong. If they truly want to be part of America, let them apply and wait their turn like the millions of others who want to come to America LEGALLY. They will then be welcomed with open arms.

THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER GET BACK ON IT’S FEET AS LONG AS ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE IN THIS COUNTRY NO MATTER HOW MANY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE SPEND!

Posted by: scuncic | June 20, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the best of America - listen to him at Arlington on Memorial Day if you doubt it.

Get to the crux of illegal immigration by referencing Document 199-7 of the U.S. Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops: The National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry, available on Amazon or at your local RC diocesan library.

What Jefferson called "the Anti-Christ," "an engine for enslaving mankind," in 36 pages, lays out their published stratagem for recovering Our Country, lost to Anglos' having "stolen" it from the ancestors of Hispanic Roman Catholics.

Read it yourself. Obama is on a tightrope dealing with the Anti-Christ yet to be brought to justice for financing Hitler and the Holocaust from its U.S. collection plate through Vatican correspondent banker Rockefeller (now the Iraqi State Bank) and Prescott Bush, defiling our money with their bankers of the Fed...which JFK's Exec Order 11,110 removed from its unconstitutional control of our money until Bush1 and Nixon, with the Knight of Malta-led Roman Catholic CIA cut him down six weeks after his NSAM263 ordered our military's withdrawal from the papal fiefdom of Vietnam - ending our role there as the Roman catspaw Hitler was when he committed the Holocaust (Viz. "A Moral Reckoning," Goldhagen).

The same faction promoting illegal immigration to usurp Our Whig (Anti-Roman Catholic/Novus Ordo Seclorem) Republic at the ballot box cheated Bush2, a draft-dodging closet-queen, into the White House to commit 9/11 (Viz. Griffin, "The New Pearl Harbor").

Obama knows all this but must be shielded by the sovereign People's activation. We, the People, must "get in front" of Obama on these issues to protect him from Rome's assassins, yet to be brought to justice for Kennedy, King, and 9/11.

Death for Treason

Posted by: iamerican | June 20, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Pay a fine, learn english go to the back of the line...How can they be at the back of the line if THEY'RE STILL HERE?
THIS IS JUST A FRAUD TO GIVE THEM AMNESTY!!
If Obama was honest about this he would have included the REQUIREMENT THAT THEY GO TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO WAIT THEIR TURN JUST LIKE HONEST IMMIGRANTS DO! Also, how can he define where "the back of the line" is? How many honest immigrants will be allowed in before the illegals can start coming in?
GET REAL! THIS IS JUST AMNESTY IN ANOTHER FORM, BUT AMNESTY NEVER THE LESS.
The amnesty conspirators are still pandering to the illegal vote at the expense of AMERICAN CITIZENS.
Obama said once again that "this is a nation of laws". Time to prove it!

Posted by: TexRancher | June 20, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

The back of the line is behind those waiting in their country to come here legally. B.O. should be asking illegal aliens..What are you doing here in defiance of our Laws, in defiance of court ordered deportation, (like aunt Zetuni), I.D's have got to be fake or stolen, Corporates & farms do want the cheap labor but that still leaves you needing gov't handouts (medical,schooling,etc.) paid for by taxpayers who are also forced to support many of your children while their deadbeat dads evade child support. This is not duable. Amnesty is going home rather than to jail.

Posted by: flyonthewall1 | June 20, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

GET INVOLVED-CALL CONGRESS @ 800-828-0498
DEMAND-YES-VOTES on-HR`s-126,158,764,878,
994,1503,1868,2083,2287,2305,2406 NOW !
DEMAND -OUR- IMMIGRATION LAWS BE EMFORCED !
E-VERIFY -ALL- JOBS & GOV`t. PROGRAMS !
287g NATIONWIDE to FIND & DEPORT -ALL-ILLEGAL ALIENS !
0`s(BACK OF THE LINE)STARTS WITH a-CARD? &
OPEN BORDERS !see-d.feinstains(agjobs)bill
americanpatrol - outragedpatriots - cis.org
- theterryandersonshow - alipac.us
NO DREAM ACT ! ILLEGAL`s -->STEAL DREAMS !
NO s.sotomayor ! FIREnapolitano.com ! NOW !
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ENFORCE -OUR- LAWS !
DEPORT THEM -ALL- !
GOD BLESS THE U.S.!!!

Posted by: davido2 | June 20, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Why should Obama think that this issue is going to be less UNPOPULAR than the last time Congress tried to address it?

The majority of the American public do not want people who have come into the country illegally or overstayed a visa to be rewarded for their lawbreaking. These are people who are not just doing the jobs Americans won't do (which by the way is a specious argument) they are competing in the trades for jobs that Americans have always valued.

They steal our identities, they steal the social services meant for citizens of this country......welfare, food stamps, housing allowances, anything they can get their hands on and then wonder why we don't want them here. Looks pretty plain to me. Were they NOT here, our health care costs would go down since we wouldn't have to be treating these people in emergency rooms (SCOTUS forces this) we wouldn't be treating them at the county level (nod, nod, wink, wink). We all cover the costs of this stolen treatment by paying more for all our medical services at the source and through our insurance premiums.

Perhaps if these people were booted out, we might be able to put a lot of unemployed Americans back to work. Soon the troops in Iraq will be coming home, must they also compete with illegal aliens for work, I surely hope NOT!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | June 19, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when this happens.

Corrections:

Paragraph five, line two should read their instead of there

paragraph seven, line two should read west of Dulles instead of east of Dulles

Posted by: danielhancock | June 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

In the words of the President:

"For those who wish to become citizens, we should require them to pay a penalty and pay taxes, learn English, go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules."

Sounds fair enough, right?

But these are the same provisions of the immigration bill that failed last year and it was not just because of knee jerk reaction by the right to amnesty. The provisions that the President cites are not realistic and not workable.

Look closely at the President's statement and ask yourself if you would do this if you were an undocumented worker?

Basically those provisions ask undocumented workers to come forward, pay a fine and get deported with an uncertain chance of having there application for a green card or citizenship accepted when they reapply. What a deal!

I suspect that most undocumented workers would not want to take that gamble. They are putting everything at risk for a doubtful chance at citizenship or guest worker status particularly if applications are not processed much faster than they are now.

At best this legislation seemed like it was drafted by someone who has never lived anywhere east of Dulles let alone in areas of the country with high populations of undocumented workers.

At worst, it seems to be cynically designed to fail so that the status quo can be maintained with the appearance that the problem has actually been addressed.

I can commend the President for his willingness to take on a tough issue but if the best he can do is to bring back the failed immigration bill of last year then it might be better to do nothing unless he wants to draft a more practical bill.

This is another example of the solution being worse than the problem.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 19, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Those who come here illegally, steal our IDs and ignore our laws have already demonstrated they lack the honesty and decency to ever become American citizens.

a.) Enforce the existing immigration laws.
b.) Secure the border.
c.) Don't hire illegal aliens.
d.) No anchor babies.
e.) Deportation through attrition.

SSA estimates that 8.5 million illegal aliens are using fraudulent SSNs. That's a felony that they should be punished for, not rewarded with amnesty.

Posted by: hunter340 | June 19, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Delay the reform until next year. This economy is in too bad a shape. Health care must be passed, financial system regulation must be passed.

In the mean time send the conservatives who post here where they belong, back in school to learn some economics. They think the economics they hear from Fox News and Limbaugh has validity today. What worked in the 80's was good for the 80's but it is a different world today. Things are closer to the 30's than the 80s and they should think instead of responding like Pavlovian dogs.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 19, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

No amnesty for illegal immigrants.

They should be required to return to their home countries to apply.

Posted by: NeverLeft | June 19, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

This is Obama paying lip service to Hispanic Americans to curry their favor in the next election cycle because as he knows, most Americans are not in favor of a "path to citizenship" for the 12 million illegals in this country now. Strong boarders (completely finish the fence and more boarder patrol officers), strict enforcement of existing immigration employment laws and elimination of "safe haven" states will get the job done.

Posted by: BubbaRight | June 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

President Obama might not have to pass immigration reform, if the Federal government passes legislation allowing state to vote on benefits for gay marriages, foreigners aren't going to want to come here and have to compete with gays for them.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | June 19, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Reiterates" is apparently a euphemism, because BHO said the same old thing he's said time and time again. In fact, much of what he said Bush and McCain have said, and one part of it was very much like McCain.

To see how BHO is trying to mislead you about this issue, see this:

http://24ahead.com/obama-hispanic-prayer-breakfast-same-old-immigration-speech-

No one in the MSM is going to challenge BHO on this issue or tell you the truth, so if you want to know what BHO isn't telling you, see the link.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Why should there be any delay in this, if they're illegal, send them back. It's so simple I guess Obama has a hard time grasping it ...

Posted by: wasaUFO | June 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

What a shame. For years the phrase "Immigration Reform" meant changing our open borders, mass immigration regime to one that was reduced, legal and controlled.

"Immigration Reform" is now transformed into "Amnesty Light".

Nonetheless, Americans still want to see immigration reduced, legal and controlled.

I invite you to view...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw1nUlf38I

(Roy Beck and NumbersUSA are the "gumball" heroes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

Posted by: wandagb | June 19, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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