Monday, August 10, 2009

Obama: No Immigration Reform this Year.

As I predicted, President Obama stated last Friday while speaking to Hispanic reporters at the White House that there will be no attempt to address comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) this year, and that the issue will have to wait at least until next year. President Obama's immigration policies since his election are merely an extension of the Bush administration's enforcement first agenda, but only with a different twist: he is targeting United States citizen employers.

Obama campaigned on a promise to tackle comprehensive immigration reform in his first year in office, a promise that has officially been broken. This promise was used as a tool to attract the much needed Hispanic vote. Curiously, Obama rarely addresses the issue of immigration reform in the mainstream media, which tells me that his words to Hispanic reporters are only meant to placate the Hispanic voting segment who voted him into office.

Many immigration advocates do not believe that CIR will ever be addressed by this administration, and instead will be used as a carrot that will be dangled when the President is seeking reelection in 2012. It is incumbent on people like those of you reading this to contact your representatives in Congress and express the dire need to enact legislation that addresses comprehensive immigration reform.

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