An advocacy group for young immigrants expressed concern Wednesday after President Barack Obama, at his first press conference in months, said he would support “a pathway for legal status” for those living in the country illegally.
That Obama used the phrase “legal status” instead of “citizenship” raised alarm bells for some deep in the weeds of immigration advocacy, since some more conservative immigration reformers think the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally should be given legal status but not the opportunity to become citizens.
“He looked like he sidestepped around saying ‘citizenship,’” said Marisol Valero, spokeswoman for United We Dream, a group that represents young people who were brought to the country illegally as children and want the opportunity to become citizens. “We are worried that the president and other leaders will not be supporting a path to citizenship for everyone.”
Obama and his part controlled the entire Congress and the presidency and didn’t even propose immigration reform. He spent another two years without control of Congress and still didn’t propose anything. If you are one of those folks advocating for liberal immigration reform and voted for Obama, isn’t it time to admit that you’ve been suckered?
We are a nation of immigrants.
We need more young, bold, hard working people (aka immigrants).
This is an issue where we can all come together for a reasonable solution.
Lets see, status quo vs “self deportation and a show your papers law in Arizona
We won 70% of the Latino vote .
You are the folks sucking the gas pipe here.
Well, considering one needs 60 votes in the Senate these days since the minority is willing to obstruct just about anything, anytime, for any reason it can find, I’m not sure you can blame any president for being reluctant to be assertive with policy. Had Romney won and the GOP taken control of the Senate, I doubt they would’ve gotten any better results from the Democrats.
At this point, the 60-vote majority for cloture is a tool whose day has come and gone. Works great if people in the minority act in good faith, but that hasn’t happened in sizable numbers in a long, long time.
It’s complicated politics. Leftists have hoped for a so-called “black-brown coalition” for generations, but since unrestricted immigration of low-skilled persons hurts citizens with minimal work skills more than anyone else, and since African-Americans are disproportionately represented in that group, it makes little practical sense for black political groups (e.g., NAACP)to support immigration “reform” (aka amnesty).
In any case, Pres. Obama doesn’t have to please anybody anymore now that he has his second term. He could use his influence to benefit Democrats, but why would he- isn’t he really “all about me” more than anything else?
Which is not to say he has no agenda, just that his agenda may not include advancing the interests of the Democratic Party.
In any case, the USA should evaluate immigrants from a selfish PoV- i.e., is this or that immigrant going to benefit us? It’s hard to see how huge numbers of low-skilled immigrants are not going to consume more public services than they’ll ever be able to pay for, and that their presence in the job markets will not make life even more difficult for citizens who compete in this segment of the job market.
Illegal alien is a legal status. It’s a meaningless statement.
So Mark admits that the status quo is just fine(leaving them all illegal), but we are still supposed to believe that only their legal cousins vote.