Friday, August 28, 2009

More Empty Rhetoric of "Change"

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, stated Thursday that immigration is "a priority for both me and the president." Not to be a Doubting Thomas, but haven't we heard all of this before. Didn't we hear this same promise from President Obama when he was running for office.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I have a distinct recollection of then Senator Obama saying that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities in his first year in office. That promise was officially broken when the President pushed off comprehensive immigration reform to 2010.

The President's actions speak much more loudly to me than his, and his Cabinet's empty rhetoric. By pushing comprehensive immigration reform off to the mid-term elections the President has virtually guaranteed that there will be no immigration reform in his first four years in office, and may be the canary in the coal mine that is the signal that his first four years will be his last.

Obama ran on a platform that wooed Hispanic voters by promising that he would address their concerns, and that he would take action to ensure that our "broken" immigration laws would be fixed. What the President has done instead is to continue to vigorously enforce "broken" immigration laws without sympathy to the plight of millions of United States citizens who are directly affected by their enforcement. Shame on you Mr. President.

Mr. President, using your lofty rhetoric as a tool to placate those of us who have put our faith in "Change" is simply unacceptable. The time for action is now, and I openly reject your "wait until next year" strategy for comprehensive immigration reform.

No comments:

Post a Comment