Pity the President?

Obama speaks on immigrationLatino defenders of illegal aliens are continuing to demand new measures from President Obama designed to provide amnesty for their clients, co-ethnics, and constituents. As The Washington (DC) Examiner reported on November 5, “A group of 39 Hispanic organizations sent a post-election letter to President Obama Wednesday demanding that he immediately stop deportations of thousands of illegal immigrants and implement significant provisions in a rejected bipartisan immigration reform bill.”

Is there no gratitude from those organizations for all that he has done for them already? Wasn’t it enough that he stopped worksite raids aimed at deporting illegal alien workers encumbering jobs that should be available for legal workers? Wasn’t it enough that he restricted enforcement actions against illegal aliens in the interior of the country if they had not committed serious crimes under the guise of prosecutorial discretion? Wasn’t it enough that he decreed a renewable two-year amnesty for aliens who entered the country illegally as minors and gave hundreds of thousands of them work permits so that they could compete for jobs with U.S. workers? Wasn’t it enough that he pushed Congress to adopt a permanent general amnesty for an estimated 11 million or more illegal aliens?

Apparently not. According to a Breitbart News report, immediately after the mid-term election results were known, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leading spokesperson for a general amnesty, was again lecturing President Obama on the need to use executive action to provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. “Success on immigration means a full approach to reform, which to me means expanding protections to 5 to 8 million undocumented people currently living in this country.” Gutierrez did not want more partial measures like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); “Go big” he urged.

Despite the election results, President Obama apparently has not yet come to realize he is being pushed by these amnesty activists down a path of lawlessness that is likely to provoke a constitutional crisis as he oversteps the boundary between legislative and executive spheres of action. He has publicly committed himself to unilateral action to provide further protections for illegal aliens – despite his earlier response to the amnesty advocates that he does not have the constitutional power to do so.

President Obama has been pushed by the amnesty advocates down a slippery slope. Regardless of what he does next, the pattern is clear that the advocates will not be satisfied until there is a general and blanket amnesty. Regardless of his next actions and the political battle with Congress that it will provoke – probably involving legal action that will head for the Supreme Court – President Obama can expect no respite from the amnesty advocates. So, pity him? No, he has asked for it. 

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Harper’s magazine had a factoid regarding the laying off of workers aged 55 and older, as I recall it was over 2,000,000. This was prompted by a SCOTUS ruling in 2009 that made proving age discrimination very difficult to prove. In response our “patriotic” American businesses began systematically jettisoning older more expensive workers in favor of the new immigrant cheap worker. There has not been one iota of concern about this issue in either the Senate or House. Kind of like “Logan’s Run” in the workplace.. god forbid if you are over thirty-five.

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      The fact is that massive legal immigration and worker visas have made those American workers expendable. If the immigrant workforce was not available to business, then those businesses would have no choice but to hire and train American workers. There is simply no arguing that.

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        That is not true…………..illegal immigration has nothing to do with that…………….it is actually the corporations at the gov and people like you that blame the mexicans when they work harder than you and me…….and the jobs are being outsourced………….jobs that illegals do not work and American do…….

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          I take exception when you say that Mexicans work harder than American’s. There is no Mexican on the face of the earth that can out-work me. Don’t care if its in an office environment or out in a field.

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    Bias Against Seniority in the Workplace

    Is a legal problem for those who think it’s justified driving the older workers out with biasness and threats, reminds me of Obama’s amnesty agenda….it is costing the Democrats there jobs driving the legal Americans out of their jobs with overpopulation….”on the job seniority bias” can cost the jobs of the management who illegally do it too. That’s what written laws do and when you defy them expect no mercy, perhaps Obama is learning this lesson now.