Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Comprehensive Immigration Reform Strategy: Vote 'Dem bums out of office

Congress has been funneling billions of dollars into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) specifically for the funding of immigration enforcement operations.

President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 budget allocation for the Department of Homeland Security includes $4.6 billion funding for Border Patrol agents, and $1.6 billion to continue the identification and deportation programs for undocumented foreigners with criminal records, a $200 million increase over what was provided during Fiscal Year 2010.

Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton has plainly stated that under Obama there "isn't a question of whether or not we will detain people. We will detain people, and we will detain them on a grand scale."

Not to be a party-pooper, but the only way we are going to see comprehensive immigration reform is if we vote the bums out of office. A good start would be to vote out Obama who broke his campaign promised to meaningfully address comprehensive immigration reform in his first year of office the second he was elected, instead adopting an enforcement first agenda.

More immediately, vote out "Negative" Nancy Pelosi, who has gone on record stating that she will shield her members from any "controversial" votes prior to the mid-term elections, and that the Senate will have to take the lead on immigration reform because the House of Representatives has already done their part.

As for the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has repeatedly tried to set a timetable for CIR and he has bipartisan support from Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but unfortunately Harry "The Coward" Reid (D-NV) has put the breaks on their efforts because he knows that he is hanging on to his political life by a very fine blue thread, and the Republicans are holding the scissors.

So, the bottom line is you can forget about comprehensive immigration reform with this Congress and this President... CIR just isn't going to happen on their watch.

We are going to have to take ownership of the fact that the people we have entrusted with our votes have violated our trust. The time is now for 'Dem bums to start looking for a new job.

Make your voice heard in 2010: Vote out Pelosi and Reid.

1 comment:

  1. Well said Matthew. I know where I coming for help if things do change where we immigrants can seek some sort of relief.