Obama’s quest for po­lit­i­cal, not bor­der se­cu­rity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

The pub­lic re­la­tions cam­paign for Pres­i­dent Obama’s lat­est re­vival of “im­mi­gra­tion re­form” makes one thing crys­tal clear: This is not, and never has been, about home­land se­cu­rity.

This is not, and never has been, about eco­nomic se­cu­rity. It’s about se­cu­rity, plain and cyn­i­cal.

In con­junc­tion with last week’s re­newed White House push in Texas for a “new path­way to cit­i­zen­ship” for mil­lions of il­le­gal im­mi­grants, dis­grun­tled Latino ac­tivists are ratch­et­ing up their rad­i­cal anti-en­force­ment rhetoric.

Illi­nois Demo­cratic Rep. Luis Gu­tier­rez, a per­sis­tent critic on Obama’s left flank, lam­basted re­cent fed­eral work­place en­force­ment raids.

On May 8, he re­peated his hy­per­bolic at­tacks on home­land se­cu­rity agents “ter­ror­iz­ing” neigh­bor­hoods and rip­ping ba­bies from the breasts of nurs­ing moms.

Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano made no pub­lic ef­fort to de­fend her em­ploy­ees.

On cam­puses across the coun­try, un­happy eth­nic col­lege stu­dent groups have turned up the heat on Democrats to res­ur­rect the “DREAM Act” night­mare for the 12th time in a


decade. The leg­is­la­tion, per­sis­tently re­jected by a bi­par­ti­san ma­jor­ity on Capi­tol Hill, would pro­vide il­le­gal aliens (not just teenagers, but stu­dents up to age 35) fed­eral ed­u­ca­tion ac­cess and ben­e­fits, plus a con­di­tional pass from de­por­ta­tion and a spe­cial path to­ward green cards and U.S. cit­i­zen­ship for them­selves and un­lim­ited rel­a­tives.

Obama ar­gues that his com­pre­hen­sive amnesty plan would boost Amer­ica’s bot­tom line. But the open-borders math doesn’t add up.

The Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice score of the last DREAM Act pack­age es­ti­mates that “the bill would in­crease pro­jected deficits by more than $5 bil­lion in at least one of the four con­sec­u­tive 10-year pe­ri­ods start­ing in 2021.”

And that doesn’t in­clude the costs of the un­lim­ited fam­ily mem­bers the mil­lions of DREAM Act ben­e­fi­cia­ries would be able to bring to the U.S.

A sep­a­rate cost anal­y­sis by the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based Cen­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion Stud­ies con­cluded that the il­le­gal alien DREAM Act bailout would cost tax­pay­ers $6.2 bil­lion a year and “crowd out” U.S. stu­dents in the class­room.

To help gloss over those sober­ing re­al­i­ties and blur the lines be­tween legal and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, Obama sum­moned Latino celebri­ties such as ac­tresses Eva Lon­go­ria and Rosario Daw­son.

The star­lets, deemed im­por­tant “stake­hold­ers” in the im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy de­bate by the celebrity in chief, have served as glam­orous dis­trac­tions from the vo­cal com­plaints of South­west gov­er­nors, ranch­ers, farm­ers and other vic­tims of con­tin­ued bor­der chaos.

These are the real stake­hold­ers whose lives and liveli­hoods are at risk.

But none had a seat at the Hol­ly­wood-filled ta­ble.

While proudly em­pha­siz­ing her eth­nic loy­al­ties, Daw­son (an out­spo­ken critic of Ari­zona’s im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment law) in­sists im­mi­gra­tion re­form “isn’t just a Mex­i­can” or Latino is­sue.

But for more can­did lib­eral strate­gists, the il­le­gal alien amnesty band­wagon is noth­ing more than a tool to mo­ti­vate cur­rent and fu­ture Lati­nos to pro­tect the Democrats’ grip on power. Eliseo Me­d­ina, se­cre- tary trea­surer of Obama’s deep­pock­eted back­ers at the Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union, laid out the stakes in an in­ter­view with MSNBC:

“Clearly with im­mi­gra­tion re­form and any other kind of re­form that would ben­e­fit the Latino com­mu­nity, we have to make sure that our voices are heard in the bal­lot box.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 23 mil­lion Lati­nos that are el­i­gi­ble to vote, yet only 10 mil­lion voted in 2008.”

SEIU’s goal: “If we in­crease the turnout from 10 mil­lion to any­where be­tween 12 and 15 mil­lion, we’re go­ing to have an out­sized im­pact on the elec­tion in 2012.”

If, as widely ex­pected, Obama fails to de­liver amnesty through the leg­isla­tive process, there’s al­ways amnesty by ex­ec­u­tive fiat.

White House in­sid­ers first floated the idea in June 2010 to uni­lat­er­ally ex­tend ei­ther de­ferred ac­tion or pa­role to mil­lions of il­le­gal aliens in the United States.

This ad­min­is­tra­tion has ac­com­plished its ma­jor pol­icy agenda items through force, fiat and fraud.

Im­mi­gra­tion will be no dif­fer­ent.

Un­for­tu­nately for the lawabid­ing, there is no Hol­ly­woodWash­ing­ton-Big La­bor lobby to speak for them.

While Obama’s home­land se­cu­rity of­fi­cials hang their “mis­sion ac­com­plished” banner over the bor­der, the feds have barely made a dent in the three­year nat­u­ral­iza­tion ap­pli­ca­tion back­log or the 400,000-de­por­ta­tion fugi­tive prob­lem.

Mean­while, law en­force­ment wit­nesses told a House sub­com­mit­tee last month that bor­der smuggling has grown so out of con­trol that fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors are sim­ply de­clin­ing to pur­sue cases. Cochise County, Ari­zona, Sher­iff Larry Dever tes­ti­fied about the feds’ so-called “Turn Back South” pol­icy, which in­cludes low­er­ing thresh­olds for drug and smuggling pros­e­cu­tions, and per­mit­ting bor­der­crossers at least seven strikes be­fore be­ing charged with im­mi­gra­tion mis­de­meanors.

And just two weeks ago, the Gen­eral Ac­count­ing Of­fice re­ported an­other mas­sive 1.6 mil­lion il­le­gal visa over­stay­ers back­log, a prob­lem ex­posed by five of the 19 Septem­ber 11 hi­jack­ers who ben­e­fited from sys­temic fail­ure to en­force visa reg­u­la­tions.

So much for “never for­get.”

Michelle Malkin is the au­thor of “Cul­ture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Reg­n­ery 2010).

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