Political Strategists Serving Immigration Kool-Aid

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Immigration has emerged as perhaps the key issue in the contest to win the Republican presidential nomination. Ever since Governor Rick Perry offered a ham-handed defense of his decision to approve in-state tuition to illegal aliens in Texas – accusing his critics of being heartless – his polling numbers have been in free-fall. Yet, in spite of evidence that eliminating non-essential benefits to illegal aliens is supported by a broad swath of the electorate (beyond the GOP base), some political strategists continue to cling to the fallacy that a firm position on immigration enforcement will alienate Hispanic voters in the general election.

For example, one strategist, advising another candidate, suggests that whoever faces President Obama in the 2012 election attack him for his failure to deliver amnesty for illegal aliens. Republicans “have a unique opportunity to capitalize on a broken promise to the Latino community, and instead of capitalizing on that, we are fighting over who is tougher and meaner and stricter when it comes to immigration. We’re completely missing the boat,” she asserts. (See story in Politico)

Leaving aside the dubious suggestion that enforcing laws which protect U.S. citizens is “mean,” President Obama’s real weakness among most Hispanic voters has nothing to do with immigration policy. Immigration consistently ranks fairly far down the list of concerns among Hispanic voters. Concerns about jobs and the economy eclipse all other issues among Hispanics, just as they do among nearly all voters.

The most important thing that President Obama has failed to deliver to Hispanics (and everyone else) are jobs and a healthy economy. While Americans as a whole suffer a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, 11.3 percent of Hispanics are out of work. The poverty rate among Hispanics in the U.S. is an alarming 25.3 percent, and 6.1 million Hispanic kids live in poverty.

Some sound, nonpartisan, advice to President Obama and whoever his opponent might be next year: If you want to impress Hispanic voters get them back to work at wages that lift them out of poverty or near poverty. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal would be to free-up the 7 million jobs now held by illegal aliens at depressed wages. The self-anointed Hispanic mouthpieces want amnesty; Hispanic voters want jobs and decent wages.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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    INCOME PLUMMETS UNDER OBAMA… but the number of illegals in our jobs SOARS! there a correlation???

    WHILE INCOMES SOARS FOR THE RICH, OBAMA’S LARGEST CONSTITUENCY NEXT TO HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE, WAGES FOR MOST HAVE PLUMMETED. CAN WE REALLY AFFORD MORE OF THIS CLOWN?

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/10/incomes-for-non-bankster-donors-plummet.html
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA AND HIS CORRUPT LA RAZA DEMS SABOTAGE E-VERIFY! It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF GUARDS ON THE KOREAN BORDERS, AND A DOZEN ON THE NARCOMEX BORDERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY HALF THE JOBS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY GO TO ILLEGALS USING STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY THE LA RAZA DEMS KEEP HANDING PLATTERS OF “DREAM ACTS” TO LA RAZA SO THEY KEEP CLIMBING OUR BORDERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY MOST OF THE FORTUNE 500 ARE GENEROUS DONORS TO THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA’S SEC. OF LABOR IS A LA RAZA SUPREMACIST. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA HAS TIRELESSLY PUSHED FOR JOBS FOR LA RAZA WHILE BLACK AMERICAN WENT UNEMPLOYED. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA USES OUR TAX DOLLARS TO FUND THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA PUT LA RAZA PARTY MEMBER SONIA SOTOMAYER ON THE COURT TO VOTE AGAINST E-VERIFY. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY WIKILEAKS HAS EXPOSED OBAMA’S AGENDA OF OPEN BORDERS.
    It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    Workers’ incomes plummet during the Obama “recovery”
    11 October 2011
    As the anti-Wall Street protests against social inequality and the tyranny of the financial oligarchy spread across the US, a new study released Monday documents the devastating decline in working class living standards over the past four years.
    The study, authored by two former US Census Bureau officials, concludes that inflation-adjusted median household income plunged 9.8 percent from December 2007, the official start of the recession, to June of 2011. Moreover, household income fell more than twice as rapidly during the Obama “recovery,” which began in June of 2009, than during the 18 months of official recession.

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      that is all lies no one takes no ones job if us citizens dont have work is because some are to lazy to go look for it and half the population who wants to work wont accept minimum wage and the ones who dont want to work are either living with relatives who work or in shelters getting some FS(SNAP) Illegal immigrants have nothing to do with taking no ones job they just want the same thing we all Americans want to survive they are just humans like us and they to deserve to work any where, GOD made the earth for every one not just the american people why should we get all the goods stuff How can you call your self an american when you try to crush some one else dream to have a better life? why not focus on the one who come here illegally and bring drugs here and spreads it all over the US those are the one who are really messing things up here not decent family man and woman who even though are working still struggle day by day because they may have money but half of it goes directly into paying rent, food for here and to send to their families over sea, and they still stay poor. go live their life in their home land and than talk about why they are really here!!!

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    HERES’S A COUPLE OF LISTS OF NEW LA RAZA VOTERS FOR OBAMA:

    TEN MOST WANTED CRIMINALS IN CALIFORNIA ARE MEXICANS!
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    http://ag.ca.gov/wanted/mostwanted.php?fid=mostWantedFugitives_2010-01
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    http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53103 Did you know illegals kill 12 Americans a day?
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    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/1738432/posts FBI Crime Statistics – Crimes committed by illegals.

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    latimes.com
    Opinion
    California must stem the flow of illegal immigrants
    The state should go after employers who hire them, curb taxpayer-funded benefits, deploy the National Guard to help the feds at the border and penalize ‘sanctuary’ cities.

    Illegal immigration is another matter entirely. With the state budget in tatters, millions of residents out of work and a state prison system strained by massive overcrowding, California simply cannot continue to ignore the strain that illegal immigration puts on our budget and economy. Illegal aliens cost taxpayers in our state billions of dollars each year. As economist Philip J. Romero concluded in a 2007 study, “illegal immigrants impose a ‘tax’ on legal California residents in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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    The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.

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    OBAMA’S FUNDING OF THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA… what does it take to impeach?

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/04/history-of-mexican-fascist-party-of-la.html

    HARRY REID PUTS MONEY IN LA RAZA’S DIRTY HANDS!
    25% OF THE POPULATION OF REID’S STATE ARE ILLEGALS.
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    New Stealth Federal Funding Bill for La Raza
    Which brings us to an extraordinary matter of some urgency. Several weeks before the White House and its Senate allies announced their big “breakthrough” legislation (S.1348), radicals in the House quietly introduced legislation to pump $5 million directly into La Raza next year — and $10 million per year for “each fiscal year thereafter.”

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    By Dave Gibson (09/17/2006) http://americandaily.com/article/15577 (THESE FIGURES ARE DATED. SEE MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com for 2011 figures of American tax money handed over to advance Mexico’s occupation!
    In 2005, the Latino group known as La Raza (The Race) was given $15.2 million in U.S. federal grants.

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    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is not only one of the wealthiest and most politically powerful militant organizations in the country, it is also notoriously racist and subversive. The group’s name, “La Raza,” means “The Race,” by which they are referring to ethnic Mexicans, or more broadly to “hispanics” or “latinos.” And it is quite clear from their decades of vitriolic rhetoric — both spoken and written — that the La Raza activists are trying to engender not only race consciousness amongst hispanic U.S. citizens and Mexican migrants, but also racial militancy and animosity toward “Gringo America.”

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    FIGHTING OBAMA’S LA RAZA INFESTED ADMINISTRATION:

    OBAMA BUILDS HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE THROUGH THE DEPT of JUSTICE, just as he does his DEPT of HOMELAND SECURITY = PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP, and his DEPT of LABOR, UNDER LA RAZA SUPREMACIST, HILDA SOLIS!
    OBAMA NOT ONLY FUNDS MEXICAN FASCISM, HE ABETS THEIR CRIMES!
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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/10/obamas-dept-of-justice-working-hard-to.html
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    FROM JUDICIAL WATCH.org
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    “The Department of Justice (DOJ) has for years “grossly understated” statistics to conceal “inherent flaws” in U.S. immigration courts that have allowed more than 1 million removal orders to be ignored and droves of deportable aliens to evade hearings without consequences.”
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    If one can’t be elected without caving in to illegal immigrants then they won’t be worth a damn as President. this Country needs to return to being a place governed by those that believe in the Constitution, and obey the law’s of this Country. We need a leader that love’s this Country, and it’s people. Not the people of other nations.

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    Anonymous Dude on

    Disclaimer:

    *Emai providedl is not real. I do not want to disclose who I am given my type of job.*

    Did you know that the federal government is forcing US Border Patrol (USBP) to stop enforcing immigration laws in the communities?

    Also USBP is now forbidden to conduct transportation checks. At least the Blaine Border Patrol Sector is.

    If the USBP isn’t able to catch them right at the border, illegals are home free and can travel into the interior of the US as they please.

    If illegals are arrested they are processed and sent to a detention camp where under normal circumstances they would eventually be sent back home. This is not the case anymore, if they have no criminal history they are released on their own recognizance without being ever removed. Basically a back door amnesty.

    If apprehensions are down it isn’t because less illegals are coming, it is because USBP can’t enforce the laws.

    Please forward this to as many people as possible.

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    Note the strategists in the Politico story include Ana Navarro, who works with well-known amnesty proponent Jon Huntsman, and Mike Murphy who has advised well-know amnesty proponents John McCain and Jeb Bush.

    How about a mention of the Rasmussen poll that shows over 80% of voters (not just Republicans) oppose in-state tuition for illegal aliens?

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      Not one politician really cares about what the 80% of Americans think or want. in our country. We just keep on and on electing these ridiculous and self adsorbed people whose ideas are not of mainstream America. All of these pro-Amnesty people who want open borders and amnesty at any cost even though they are a small part of the American population of about 66 million in over 300 million total population yet because they are the “baby that cries the loudest” they gets all the attention. I for one am tired of the tail wagging the dog and the politicians going along because they think they cannot be elected if the Latino/Hispanic or any other hyphened American do not support them. That is so short sighted. I would support a candidate that actually cares about legal Americans more than the illegals that have imposed themselves upon us. Since when does the Mexican President have a say in America? Since when does all the journalists that write about the selfish Americans who do not want the illegals among us get so much media attention? This country has turned topsy- turvey in representative within our government even when there is any legislation that rarely occurs these days.

      America is fighting for it’s very life economically with dollars flying out the window every day while politicians are arguing about letting criminal illegal immigrants into this country, whether bi-lingual education should be mainstream in schools because English is not spoken/taught in immigrant home these days . I live in New Mexico where illegals are encouraged everyday to come here. Drivers License are issued to them with little paperwork verification. We lay down and allow the illegals immigrants to trample all over us.
      They demand their “rights” – rights to have their American Dream while trampling all over legal Americans rights…….and we allow it every day. There is something very wrong with the current way laws are are followed or not at the whim of our officials and government administrations.

      Everyone – media, strategists, politicians all talk about the diversity of America’s population, but what has all this diversity cost us when anyone is allowed to come here, overstay their visas, slip over the border, pay little taxes, take our jobs, overcrowd our schools, demand bi-lingual education education for their children and take our social program dollars because of the generosity of America – you know the America that is paved with gold and is the beacons to all…..you know – that America.

      I believe in following the laws. I believe in going through the proper channels in order to come to this country and become a citizen. I believe they need to learn what America is all about before they impose themselves and their holidays on us and then criticize us for not opening our arms to welcome them. Our country has been crippled by all this demands made by these newcomers. If you really want to be Americans, then do the right thing or turn around and go home.

      So you see not even these new diversified newcomers to our country care about the laws nor the politicians nor the media hypsters care about us. So all of you 247 million Americans that care needs to kick these folks out of power and/or back to their countries whichever needs to be…..we must fight for our Country folks and we are late doing so – that is if you care for America..

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    The crazy part about politics is that both sides seem to really need each other and they both are thriving with the problems we are facing as a nation.

    By and large the dems don’t need or seem to want a middle class. Their goal appears to be to create a permanent underclass that will vote for them. Doesn’t matter if it is made of African Americans or Hispanic Americans.

    Unfortunately for the rest of us citizens the repubs seem to oblige them with policies that enhance the divide between rich and poor and give the dems exactly what they want.

    Does anyone speak for that vanishing group formerly known as the middle class!?!?