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Politico: Tragedy Threatens Amnesty Momentum

From a tear soaked Politico:

Tragedy threatens immigration momentum

By ANNA PALMER | April 16, 2013

President Barack Obama promised to make immigration reform his top priority after the election.

But twice in the last five months, unimaginable acts of violence rattled the country — first in Newtown, Conn. and then in Boston — splintering Washington’s attention among immigration, gun control and now terrorism.

Immigration advocates fear that balancing act will be a drag on the momentum they need to get a bill wrapped up this year, before Congress switches to campaign mode ahead of the 2014 midterms.

“Time is our enemy in this. There are just not enough calendar days,” said Moses Mercado, a lobbyist who has worked on immigration reform efforts. “We need to get this moving.”

That is to say, before the American public wakes up, like they did the last times they tried to ram through amnesty, in 2006 and 2007.

Advocates have said they want the bill done before the August recess — a deadline just 12 work weeks away.

Because, just like with Obama-Care, they need to ram this legislation through before the members go home and hear from their constituents…

“There’s still so much that is being hashed out,” one immigration lobbyist said, noting that groups are in disarray trying to figure out whether they should release statements about the 17-page summary leaked Tuesday.

“It’s caused a lot of chaos.”

No. The public should be kept in the dark as much as possible.

Republican lawmakers like Rep. Lou Barletta are already calling for more time.

“Especially for members who still need to understand everybody’s perspective on illegal immigration,” said the Pennsylvania Republican, who was widely known for cracking down on illegal immigrants as a mayor. “I have been preaching the importance of our immigration laws, tying it to national security and visa overstays. Nobody is talking about it. Forty percent of the people who are here illegally — they didn’t cross the southern border.”

And the most recent incident in Boston could fan even more opposition, though it’s unclear who carried out the attacks.

League of United Latin American Citizens head Brent Wilkes said there is always a “threat of something happening when the details of the bombing attack become public.”

“If for example… somehow the person who did this was an immigrant, that would be something that would certainly make it harder for us to usher legalization through both the Senate and House,” he said, remembering the change overnight from support to opposition for an immigration overhaul after the Sept. 11th attacks…

The amnesty crowd are sweating bullets that the bombings might have been carried out by an illegal alien illegal immigrant undocumented immigrant. As Salon says: ‘Let’s hope it’s a white American.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Politico: Tragedy Threatens Amnesty Momentum”

  1. Stuart Varney furious over description of the Boston marathon being described as a “tragedy” by the Obama administration. Stuart Varney Channel’s his inner George Carlin.

    http://youhavetobethistalltogo.....s-his.html




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