Obama: Now That We’ve Reopened the Government, Let’s Deal with the American Public’s 14th Most Important Priority

As the federal government gets back to full operation (for the next 90 days, at least), President Obama laid out his policy priorities for the remainder of the year at a White House news conference.

At the top of the president’s list is passing a budget. Okay, that’s a good one. We haven’t done that for a while, and it’s right in sync with what the American people think he and Congress ought to be doing.

From there, President Obama skips over a few matters that the American people would like to see him and Congress work on. You know, like strengthening the economy, improving the jobs situation, defending the nation against terrorism, and that sort of thing.

Instead, second on the president’s to-do list is addressing “immigration reform,” – a Washington euphemism for mass amnesty and flooding U.S. labor markets with lots of new foreign workers. It is reasonably certain that for a large percentage of Americans, this is not their idea of what a reformed immigration policy should do. However Americans think we should be “dealing with illegal immigration,” a recent Pew Research survey found it ranks 14th on the public’s list of policy priorities (out of 18 that were offered on the survey).

In case Congress hasn’t figured it out yet, that means the American people are in no mood for them to be taking up legislation to reward illegal aliens with amnesty. Nor, with a 5 percent public approval rating, does the public have any confidence that Congress would handle immigration reform any better than they have handled the issues that got us into this mess.

Oh, and the president’s third priority for this year: Passing an agriculture subsidy bill? That ranks so low that it does not even show up on any list of public policy priorities.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Not only is “immigration reform” at #14, it would also conflict with job creation and putting Americans back to work, which ARE high priorities.

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    Immigration reform is very right thing to do we are all children of one and only one God if you have visitor come to your house you should give him/her water to drink a place to sleep because you may also be elien one day in some one land and if you have not welcome I don’t thing you would be hp please brothers and sisters let us help one another

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      And what will you do the one billion foreigners who knock on your door asking for help and needing your job? Jesus said: “The poor will always be with you”, and by this he meant there will always be poor, you still need to tithe your church. At some point you need to protect your family and your children and not all of the billion immigrants will be kind to your children.

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    Agreed,,,let’s get Immigration Reform dealt and done with…………..so far we look like a 3rd World Country……Canada, EU, Australia do have a more advanced immigration system and we are supposed to be more proactive…..SO IMMIGRATION REFORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Catherine Crome on

    The only reform needed is to enforce the existing immigration laws. If they are in this country illegally, they should be deported immediately, NO EXECEPTIONS! There are legal ways to obtain entrance to this country, and many have followed the rules and are now tax-paying, contributing members of our society. There is absolutely NO reason to give amnesty to an entire group of illegal aliens, this includes fear of reprisal. The American people are tired of our own citizens being in need while the demands of this group are taking precedence.

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    The reason for the Agriculture subsidy bill is in support of Monsanto et al and their desire to feed the world with the GMO products that allow much more spraying of their pesticide products. Obama has been a very busy man behind the scenes trying to get a new treaty ready to sign behind our backs. The TPP. We should all be very afraid.

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    Correction: Obama has repeatedly stated that CIR is his #1 priority, BEFORE US economy, BEFORE jobs for US Citizens.

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