OBAMA: AMERICANS HAVE NO RIGHT TO FAVOR AMERICANS

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No distinction between native-born Americans and future migrants

NEIL MUNRO
White House Correspondent

The only Americans who can legitimately object to immigration are native Indian-Americans, President Barack Obama told his Chicago audience Nov. 24, as he made an impassioned ideological plea for endless immigration, cultural diversity and a big government to manage the resulting multicultural society.

“There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland.

Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners, Obama demanded. “Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently… that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration,” he said in the face of many polls showing rising opposition to his immigration agenda.

Obama denied any moral or practical distinction between native-born Americans and future migrants. “Whether we cross the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we all shared one thing, and that’s the hope that America would be the place where we could believe as we choose… and that the law would be enforced equally for everybody, regardless of what you look like or what your last name was,” said the president.

“That’s the ideal that binds us all together. That’s what’s at stake when we have conversations about immigration,” he declared.

Obama did indicate his approval for some measures to exclude illegal immigrants, even as he works to amnesty 12 million illegals stage-by-stage. His current amnesty “doesn’t apply to anyone who has come to this country recently, or might come illegally in the future, because borders do mean something,” he said.

In Japan, however, where the government allows little immigration, “they don’t have problems with certain folks being discriminated against because mostly everybody is Japanese,” Obama admitted.

Currently, one million immigrants are accepted each year. That inflow brings in roughly one immigrant for every four Americans who turn 18 each year, even though wages and the number of native-born Americans with jobs have both flatlined since 2000 amid increasing competition from migrants, stalled productivity, accelerating technology and changing trade patterns.

Obama’s speech was a defense of his Nov. 21 unilateral effort to roll back enforcement of immigration law.

That action freezes the enforcement of immigration law against 12 million illegals now in the country and also against every new migrant who makes it over the border. The edict also awards work-permits to roughly four million illegal immigrants, and puts them on a fast-track to citizenship. It also sharply increases the annual inflow of 650,000 guest workers for blue-collar and white-collar jobs sought by Americans. Obama’s speech did not mention the unpopular work permits or the fast-track to citizenship.

Numerous polls show Americans want to reduce or stabilize immigration, and also oppose Obama’s immigration policies by a factor of two-to-one, three-to-one or even four-to-one. On Nov. 4, 66 percent of Oregon’s voters —- including many Democratic voters — struck down a law granting drivers’ license to illegals.

In his Nov. 25 speech, Obama downplayed the existence and interests of native-born Americans as he championed the arrival of many non-English speaking students in Chicago schools. “Chicago has always been a city of immigrants, and that’s still true,” he declared, while adding that “you go to the public schools around here and you got 50, 60, 70 different languages being spoken.”

In fact, Chicago and the United States is overwhelmingly populated by native-born Americans who work, live and learn best in stable neighborhoods and classrooms. Nationwide, five out of six people in the U.S are are native-born.

More immigration “means more jobs, more growth for everybody,” Obama claimed.

But more jobs doesn’t mean more wages for Americans. Since 2000, median wages have stalled and the number of native-born Americans with jobs has remained flat amid the annual arrival of roughly one million legal immigrants, 650,000 guest workers and millions of illegals.

The award of work permits to four million illegals will provide more revenues for government, Obama said. But he ignored the likely $2 trillion cost of providing U.S. welfare and social services to the migrants, who average a 10th grade education.

The migrants “will boost wages for American-born workers,” he said, without mentioning that his aides estimated the increase to be worth only $170 per year for each working American, 10 years after his planned amnesty. That estimate is based on many assumptions, including claims that migrant workers will not usually compete against Americans for better jobs, and that the migrants will earn more money because of government intervention.

His forecast of a $170 per year gain claim also ignores evidence that more immigrant workers can swamp the labor market and drive down wages for Americans. That labor-supply reality is accepted by his top economic adviser.

But Obama was far more passionate when making his ideological argument for mass immigration.

Deportations of illegals who have children in the United States “breaks up families… it is heartbreaking, it is not right,” he said. “We’re not a nation that kicks out strivers… we find ways to welcome people, fellow human beings, children of God, into he fold, and harness their talents.”

The Statue of Liberty doesn’t have its back to the world, he said, trying to portray the monument as a colossal invitation to migrants. In fact, the statue was designed as a “Light to the World” that would show foreigners how Americans use their constitution and liberty to govern themselves without kings or emperors.

The many immigrants who arrive have to be treated equally under the law, Obama said, segueing into his progressive agenda.

“Sometimes that’s hard to do, and it is worthwhile, it is worth doing,” he said.

Obama’s praise for mass immigration reflects his long-standing belief that migrants can join with Africans-Americans, under the guidance of the progressives who run the Democratic Party, to win political power and wealth from Americans.

“In my mind, at least, the fates of black and brown were to be perpetually intertwined, the cornerstone of a coalition that could help America live up to its promise,” he wrote in his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope.”

That hope, however, was frustrated by economic competition between Americans and migrants, he wrote.

“The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,” Obama noted. “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole…. [but] it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”

Obama’s Amnesty Order Gives Medicaid And Social Security To Illegal Aliens

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By Brian Anderson, November 25, 2014.

When Obama “legalized” 5 million undocumented immigrants with the stroke of his pen last week, he promised these newly amnestied individuals would not be eligible for ObamaCare subsidies. In a rare and shocking occurrence the President was technically telling the truth. However, these legal illegal aliens will qualify for Medicaid, which is actually better because it is way more free.

The Washington Post reports that Medicaid is but one of the many taxpayer-funded subsidies illegal aliens can now exploit:

Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official confirmed.

In last Thursday’s amnesty speech, Obama negotiated this deal with the illegal aliens without getting anything in return:

“We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” said Obama in opposition to the rule of law he claims to be so fond of.

What Obama doesn’t mention is that most amnestied illegal aliens will not be paying any income tax because they don’t make enough money. Not only does this open them up to billions in government freebies, it means they will be getting huge tax refund checks.

The way this works is:

Current federal law holds that people who pay those taxes and are deemed “lawfully present” in the United States can collect benefits under those programs when they become eligible. They may also receive survivors and disability benefits.

“If they pay in, they can draw,” said White House spokesman Shawn Turner in an e-mail to The WaPo.

But the only way they really have to “pay in” is to have a couple of bucks extracted from a paycheck for FICA taxes. After that, they are in the system and free to exploit its bounty.

All these illegals have to do is get one of Hermano Obama’s work permits, collect a big tax refund, and then hold a job for a week or two. With as little as one measly paycheck a full compliment of “social safety net” handouts will be available to them.

Contrary to Obama’s claim that amnesty will be a boon for the economy, his executive order just created 5 million or so money sponges. These illegal aliens with no fear of deportation will suck up billions of dollars every year while contributing very little.

The Washington Post is quick to point out that the illegals will not be eligible for student financial aid, food stamps and housing subsidies, but I disagree. At the state level many illegal aliens already qualify for these giveaways and I’m almost certain that the liberals are working hard to make this a reality at the federal level as well.

Obama told us that these immigrants broke the law, coming to this country illegally, because they were looking for a better life. It don’t get much better than living for free off of the hard work of others. Isn’t it strange how the few times Obama is telling the truth it is actually much worse than when he’s lying?

Obama edict raises new questions about benefits for illegal immigrants

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When the Affordable Care Act was being written and debated, President Obama took care to emphasize that no illegal immigrants would be eligible for its benefits. Obama and the Democrats who passed the bill were sensitive to public concerns that those who entered the United States illegally should not receive assistance intended for those here legally.

Indeed, an Obama promise along those lines played a role in one of the most notorious incidents of the president’s time in office. “There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants,” Obama said in a Sept. 9, 2009 healthcare address to a joint session of Congress. “This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

At that moment, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out, “You lie!” leaving the president and lawmakers stunned.

Wilson’s action was inexcusable, but the suspicions behind it were entirely understandable. Republicans have always suspected the administration wanted to extend not only Obamacare but a whole range of federal benefits to illegal immigrants. And now, the president’s unilateral executive action on immigration seems to be confirming some of those fears.

On November 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell participated in an online chat with a group of Latino bloggers. Burwell was asked a two-part question. Would the young immigrants known as Dreamers be eligible for Obamacare subsidies, and can so-called mixed families — for example, a family with illegal parents and legal children — receive benefits?

Dreamers are not eligible, Burwell said. But she left no doubt that she — along with officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration — wants that to change. “I think that everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact we need to fix that,” Burwell explained. “We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation.”

Burwell went on to tell the bloggers that families with illegal members are welcome to receive benefits. “Mixed families should come, they should seek and try, go on the site, they’ll find out they can get financial assistance,” Burwell said. “They may be eligible for different programs for their children or themselves.”

Finally, Burwell stressed that no one in the government will ask applicants if they are here legally or not. “Everyone should come on, and folks should not be scared,” Burwell said. “No questions will be asked, and it is not about an immigration issue.”

Coming from the cabinet officer in charge of administering the Affordable Care Act, Burwell’s words left some Republicans convinced that it’s only a matter of time before the White House breaks Obama’s promise. “It’s reasonable to assume that the administration would have no compunction about issuing some sort of regulatory guidance to HHS to make [immigrants affected by Obama’s action] eligible for subsidies,” says one well-connected GOP Hill aide. “The administration has sufficiently re-interpreted Obamacare and re-interpreted the immigration laws that it would not be at all surprising if they follow through on what Burwell said.”

Republican concerns have been intensified by Obama’s slippery language about other federal benefits. In announcing executive action, for example, the president said to those affected that if, among other requirements, “you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes,” then “you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”

The phrase “pay your fair share of taxes” suggests to most ears that Obama meant immigrants involved would pay their fair share of taxes. But in fact Obama’s action will make many immigrants eligible to be paid by the government, and not the other way around; many will now be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, which could mean they receive thousands of taxpayer dollars each year.

In addition, Obama’s use of the phrase “get right with the law” is itself a bit misleading; a reasonable listener might assume that Obama was conferring legal status on those involved. But the Justice Department issued an opinion that his programs “would not ‘legalize’ any aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.” So the illegal immigrants involved are still illegal immigrants, which leads to the question: If Obama is making millions of still-illegal immigrants newly eligible for certain federal benefits, why would anyone believe he will stop there?

It’s not clear exactly how far-reaching the effects of Obama’s immigration edict will be. But there’s no doubt it has increased the already high level of mistrust between the president and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Poll: Latino voters want more, more, more

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By Paul Bedard | November 24, 2014 | 1:13 pm

A new poll of Latino voters finds that most want President Obama to issue more executive orders to cover all illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation if Congress doesn’t agree to comprehensive immigration reform.

The Latino Decisions survey found that 73 percent of the 405 registered voters polled want “additional executive orders” to protect immigrant workers not impacted by Obama’s decision last week targeted at four to five million parents facing deportation.

“We would prefer much more,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities.

He added that 2016 presidential candidates should be welcoming to immigrants or face a voter backlash. “We will make sure that it is a central issue in the coming election,” he said.

The poll, conducted on behalf of Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, also found that 64 percent of the Latino voters know “somebody who is an undocumented immigrant.” Some 42 percent said that they were both a friend and a family member.

Obama’s move won overwhelming support from those polled, with 89 percent supporting it strongly or somewhat strongly.

“This 89 percent is the highest and most unified we have ever found,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

Republicans took a big hit in the poll, with most, 64 percent, blaming Republicans for inaction on immigration reform.

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• 66 percent — Yes, additional executive orders.

• 24 percent — No.

• 9 percent — Don’t know.

The executive order enacted by Obama would protect from deportation an estimated 4 to 5 million undocumented immigrant parents who have U.S. citizen children. However it would not provide relief for other immigrants who do not have children and are working in the agriculture, restaurant or hotel service, or construction sectors. If Congress fails to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill do you think President Obama should use additional executive orders to protect the remaining undocumented immigrant workers?


• 73 percent — Yes, additional executive orders.

• 21 percent — No.

• 6 percent — Don’t know.