Desperate Times - Desperate Measures. You know how it is when panic sets in. This has been a very bad week for the Obama campaign and it's been obvious that Obama is showing the unmistakable signs of a desperate man.
What initially looked like a good idea to Obama, may just have backfired in less than a few hours. His order immediately defers deporting illegals for as long as he is president. But if those illegals come forward, perhaps to vote, and Obama doesn't win the election, a future president could rescind the order and they would be first in line to get deported. (See more from the MSNBC article below)
Here are some excerpts from today's reactions to Obama's order:
(The Patriot Update) Obama Jobs Program: Help Illegals Compete with Americans for Scarce Jobs
Today, the Obama Administration, in an obvious attempt to boost the President’s flailing reelection campaign, announced that it would bypass Congress and rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. . .
. . .Sprinkle enough goodies on certain blocks of voters and they believe they can put together just enough support to win. It can work to a point. But, when the pandering to specific groups undercuts one’s overarching narrative it can erode support in the overall electorate.
(L.A. Times)Arizona governor calls Obama immigration change 'outrageous'
Hours after the Obama administration announced a change in immigration policy that would allow some young illegal immigrants to work legally in the United States, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer blasted the order as “blatant political amnesty.”
"This was an outrageous announcement ... that intends to grant back-door amnesty," Brewer said at a news conference Friday. "It doesn't take a cynic to recognize this action for what it is: blatant political pandering."
(Washington Post Politics) Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro interrupts Obama’s immigration announcement
A reporter for a conservative news Web site interrupted President Obama’s announcement of a new immigration policy in the Rose Garden on Thursday, drawing a rebuke from a visibly agitated Obama.
The reporter, who identified himself as Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, shouted out questions while Obama was explaining that his administration will block deportations of young illegal immigrants. That prompted the president to respond: “Not while I’m speaking.”
At the end of his remarks, however, Obama returned to Munro, who was standing in the press corps area of the manicured lawn outside the West Wing. “Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?” Munro asked, according to an account from the Associated Press.
Obama responded that “this is the right thing to do.” . . .
Really? The right thing to do?
The Obama administration's announcement Friday that it would defer deporting most young illegal immigrants poses a dilemma for those who are eligible, as they must take a leap of faith that they won't jump to the head of the line for deportation if a future president rescinds the order.
Under the order, the Obama administration wouldn't seek to deport illegal immigrants under 30 who entered the U.S. as children and meet certain other residency and education requirements for the next two years. They also would be eligible to apply for work permits, the Department of Homeland Security said. DHS is the parent agency of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The order could apply to as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants, officials estimated. The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, said later that even more immigrants — as many as 1.4 million children and young adults — could meet the eligibility requirements. That would be about 12 percent of the 11.2 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the U.S. as of 2010. . .
Even though President Barack Obama said Friday that the order would "lift the shadow of deportation" over illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. while they were children, a future administration could choose to overturn the regulation, jeopardizing those who have identified themselves to the government as illegal immigrants.