The Audacity of Amnesty: How Obama’s 2006 Admitted Fear of Record Immigration Has Come Back to Haunt Him

What True Immigration Reform Looks LikeInstead of finalizing the details of a 10-point immigration plan the White House is expected to debut this week, President Obama may need to explain the contradicting views on immigration that he included in his 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope.”

According to the Daily Caller, Obama carved out a chapter of the memoir to share his thoughts on immigration, including concerns about the negative effects record levels of immigration were already having on the country’s economic well-being.

The book’s message – a call to reclaim the American Dream – was intended to woo undecided voters; especially blue-collar workers whom he acknowledged had a legitimate concern of losing their jobs to immigrants willing to work at lower wages.

In light of these new-found remarks, allegations that true immigration reformers in the Republican Party have made against the president, in regard to high immigration levels causing job displacement, a growing income gap and overpopulation, have been validated by Obama’s own statements below.

  •  “The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century.”
  • “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
  • “Native-born Americans suspect that it is they, and not the immigrant, who are being forced to adapt” to social changes caused by migration.
  • “[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before…”
  • ”Not all these fears are irrational.”

Despite the views he shared eight years ago, Obama is now adamant about destroying the very people he claimed he wanted to help, by providing work authorization for 5 million illegal aliens sometime this week. It will result in illegal immigrants competing directly with the groups he specifically said would be harmed by unabated, large-scale legal immigration.

Additionally, the New York Times is pilling on the criticism, calling him out on previous remarks that executive action on immigration would violate our laws and be “very difficult to defend legally.”

Perhaps the reason the president never initiated executive amnesty during his six years in office is because he knows it would be a breach of the Constitution and of the faith the American people have in their chief executive.

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  1. avatar

    If my memory serves me correctly Obummero when elected had an Illegal immigrant aunt living in Boston, now we know that any Kenyan and all others should be legal no matter how illegal their acts are.

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      He also had a half-brother from Kenya who was ordered to deport in 1992 but was arrested on a DUI in Florida in 2012 claiming a DE drivers license and “friends in high places” issued an asylum order so he could go to court. His aunt, also from Kenya, spent years on welfare and was granted asylum but has since died.

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    The President’s book should be highlighted by opponents. He should be proclaimed the new Reagan. What’s next, missiles for Iran? Contributions from the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for a Conservative Direction, trying to help the Louisiana GOP Senate candidate, quid pro quo.

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    Medicaid is Current Destroyed for America’s Legal Disabled

    Many doctors won’t accept it without private insurance now, its been totally watered down with 70% of the uninsured due to the ACA. It no longer covers needed prescriptions, dental and specialist procedures that work. This amnesty will water it down totally. If you have Medicaid, you might as well be uninsured now anyway and its getting FAR WORSE.

    Where’s the liberals admitting to this? Too busy taking money from foreign/corporate lobbyists to care I assume.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    If Obama moves forward with this executive action, he will deeply wound the people of this country, whether black, white or Hispanic. The message will be clear: you can lobby your representatives, you can squeal with pain (and that speech is still protected), but in the end, it’s futile. A single person can pick up a pen, overwrite all your concerns and do what special interests want, period, whether you like it or not. What a cold, cruel message that is if you’re poor and trying to climb out of poverty, or you’re in the middle class struggling to stay afloat.

    I was glad when Obama beat McCain in 2008, and I’ve always given Obama the benefit of the doubt. Now his sense of integrity for the office he holds will be severely tested. The GOP is much more in step with working class folks than the current elitist/special interest based Democrat Party. I’ve been no big fan of Karl Rove in recent years, but I saw him on Fox this week and liked his second bullet point on immigration. He said we need to index any guest worker visas we issue to the unemployment rate in various sectors of the economy. That’s something I’ve been harping about for a long time and it’s refreshing to hear this kind of talk from a member of the Beltway Establishment.

    With Obama’s executive action, he would overwrite common sense and decency with the stroke of a pen and make it crystal clear that immigrants are in charge, and as Obama suggested in his book, he would make it doubly clear that native-born citizens are the ones who will have to adapt–with the cards patently stacked against them.

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    I think it is actually rather easy to understand.

    Obama believes that on balance, new immigrants vote less conservative, It takes a generation or two for immigrants to become more conservative.

    So, like almost everything else done by this administration, there is a cynical self-serving calculus. Gruber is the tip of the iceberg.

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    Supply and demand 101. Business wants to control both sides. They want the option of importing foreign labor if the American citizen asks for a decent wage and benefits. Don’t forget that the Senate “reform” bill of last year had provisions for massive increases in worker visas and family reunification visas, most of whom would have had low levels of education., thereby competing for low skill jobs held by blacks.

    Of course, when an organization like FAIR says these same exact things for the last thirty years, they are portrayed as nativists promoting hate speech. Watch for the spin to come on these remarks.

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    It’s incomprehensible, how this supposed constitutional scholar can exhibit such ignorance, and blatant disregard for United States citizens and his oath of office.

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      True. Laughable are Obola’s comments about “rule of law” which doesn’t apply to him.