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The president stands up for himself on immigration

May 12, 2011 - Mike Maneval
President Barack Obama pushed back against a dishonest narrative this week in El Paso, Texas. According to CNN, the president "ripped GOP leaders for setting impossible standards for border enforcement before being willing to cut a deal with their Democratic counterparts. 'All the stuff they asked for, we've done,' he said, citing a range of steps taken to improve security along the Mexican border. 'I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goalposts one more time. ... Maybe they'll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat .... They'll never be satisfied,' he said."

And the president is right. As the Washington Post reported in June, 2010, more illegal immigrants are deported under the Obama administration than under George W. Bush's presidency, with 2009 deportation figures 25 percent higher than 2007. A greater percentage of deported immigrants today have committed other crimes as well, evidence the Obama immigration policy is better focused on removing the greatest potential threats from our streets. The Post's Peter Slevin also notes the Obama administration's more aggressive auditing of businesses with track records of employing illegal immigrants. As even Tucker Carlson's conservative Daily Caller website acknowledged, this crackdown on the employers of illegal immigrants led to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants losing their livelihood. Daily Caller commentator Alex Nowrasteh also observed that the Obama administration's deportation totals in 2010 were more than twice what the deportation rate was in 2005 — when Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. Yet, ideologues continue to practice their distortions and demogoguery, dishonestly portraying the White House as AWOL on illegal immigration. They have no interest in immigration reform even if it comes with significant improvements in controlling the border and cracking down on illegal immigration — because it has never been about respect for the rule of law, as so many claim. It's about empowering the government to decide for individuals — and foreign-born individuals still are individuals, endowed by their creator, a creator whose generosity is not so pathetic and weak it can be stopped by our man-made borders, with rights — where they will live and subsequently, how much opportunity and liberty they and their children may enjoy.


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