As Obama Takes The White House, Amnesty Ranks Thirteenth (Of Thirteen) On His Priority List


Admitting defeat is tough. Accepting that you aren`t going to
get your way is a bummer.

But the wise course for those on the short end of the stick is
to look toward another day instead of pouting and stomping off
making rash statements that you can`t deliver on.

Key aides to President-elect Barack
Obama
have confirmed what I promised to you in my
first
2009 column
: “Comprehensive immigration reform” is
dead
for now and possibly for some considerable time into the future

And the spoiled sport is none other than the National Council of La Raza`s whining brat,
Janet
Murguia
.

The actual death-knell statement made by Obama`s operatives
included comments to the effect that in order to “avoid
political distractions”
and instead to 
focus on reversing the economic slide,” the
president would have to “delay” some of the “promises”
he made during his campaign. [Economy
May Delay Work on Obama`s Campaign Pledges,
by Peter
Baker, New York Times,
January 10, 2009
]

Just in case anyone missed his administration`s revised focus,
Obama will clarify it during an interview with ABC`s
This Week

which is scheduled to air Sunday:

“I want to be realistic here. Not
everything that we talked about during the campaign are we going
to be able to do on the pace we had hoped.”


Rahm Emanuel
, the incoming White House chief of staff,
boiled it down this way:


 “Our No. 1 goal: jobs.
Our No. 2 goal: jobs. Our No. 3 goal: jobs.”

In a conversation with Murguia about immigration in which he tried to
let her down gently, Emanuel reportedly told her that it`s
important
“to talk”
about the issues but that no commitments to a timetable could be
made.
 

But Murguia recognized the brush-off and reacted quickly.

Through a conference called arranged by her fellow
Treason Lobbyists
at the
National
Immigration Forum
, Murguia said:

“President-elect Obama has made
clear a campaign commitment to address this issue in his first
year, and we know he takes that very seriously. And we plan to
hold him accountable.”

That`s cheek!

The president of a ethnocentric, single-issue organization plans to hold
the president of the
U.S.

“accountable” for not making her narrow
agenda among his top priorities.

How, I wonder, does Murguia expect to make good on her pledge?

Murguia, for all her experience, didn`t read the tealeaves.

Obama didn`t really make a clear campaign commitment.”
What Obama did was to speak out in favor of comprehensive
immigration reform to those audiences where he knew that
position would play well.

If Murguia with her extensive Capitol Hill background bought into
Obama`s campaign mumbo-jumbo, then she`s not as sharp as she
thinks she is.

Murguia might move to the ledge if she knew just how far down on Obama`s
priority list immigration is.

A sidebar in the print edition of the

New York Times
story cited above categorizes

“The
New Administration`s Priorities”

and divides them into three
groups.

As identified, and using the administration`s labels and the Times`
text, they are:

“Immediate Priorities”:




  • Infrastructure
    : finance roads, bridges, schools and
    other construction projects



  • Tax
    cuts
    : provide tax breaks for workers and businesses



  • Stem cells: reverse
    restrictions on embryonic

    stem cell research






  • National Security
    : begin withdrawing combat forces from Iraq and begin sending them to Afghanistan.

Down Payments“:



  • Health care
    : computerize medical records and expand a
    children`s health care program while taking longer to pass a
    plan offering universal care.


  • Energy
    Independence
    : double alternative energy supplies while
    waiting to develop a more comprehensive energy policy.

Down the Road:

  •  Trade:
    renegotiating the
    North
    American Free Trade Agreement
    may be put on a long
    timeframe.



  • Climate Change
    : a market-based cap on carbon-based emissions
    may not pass this year.


  • Repealing Bush`s
    tax cuts:
    rather than repeal President Bush`s tax cuts for the wealthiest
    this year, they may be left to expire under current law in 2010.


  • Gay
    rights
    : overturning a ban on gays serving openly in the
    military may not happen until later this year.



  • Immigration
    : while some rules may be changed right away, a
    comprehensive overhaul of immigration may take longer.

There you have it.

On Obama`s to-do list, immigration ranks thirteenth and last.
And best of all, I can`t think of any federal policy left off
Obama`s list that might come in fourteenth.

Note also that when and if Obama gets around to immigration,
“some”
rules
“may”
be changed right away but a complete overhaul may take

“longer.”

Murguia`s comrade
Frank Sharry
, executive director of another open borders
advocacy group,

America`s Voice
, seems at least somewhat more grounded.
Sharry projects a window of opportunity open between September
2009 and March 2010 when there are no elections scheduled and
Obama may have calmed the turbulent first months of his
administration. (Contact
America
`s Voice

here
.)

But Sherry`s thinking is wishful too.

Obama advisors are already looking ahead to the November 2010 with an
eye toward avoiding the calamitous mid-term election results
that plagued
Ronald
Reagan
and
Bill
Clinton
in 1982 and 1994

Forward thinking is consistent with Obama`s pattern. We

know now
that he initially began his presidential campaign
in January 2005, the same month that he was first sworn in as
Illinois`
U.S. Senator
.

The outlook for “comprehensive immigration reform”
is so bleak that even Obama`s
“immigration transition
team”
two
law professors
,

Tino Cuéllar of Stanford University and Georgetown`s Alexander
Aleinikoff
—has nothing to say.

Neither replied to

“repeated requests”
from San Antonio News-Express reporter Hernán
Rozemberg who wanted their opinion on whether there would be
progress on immigration during Obama`s first year. [Immigration
Issue on Backburner
, by Hernán Rozemberg,
San Antonio
News-Express, January 12, 2009]

The worst thing that we can expect from the first years of
Obama`s administration—and I view this as very bad—is that under
new
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
,
fewer workplace enforcement raids will occur.

We may be surprised—as we were with the conversion we
witnessed in Michael Chertoff. Napolitano has promised to go
after unscrupulous employers and enforce the border. But I`ll
believe it when I see it. [Napolitano
Signals Shift in Worksite Raids
, by Stewart M. Powell, Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2009]


Ominous sign: Napolitano`s announced first matter of
business is to

re-visit REAL ID—last June, as Governor, she signed legislation
refusing to implement REAL ID.

In summary:

“I told you so,”

“I told you so,” and
“I told you so.”



  • In June 2008, I
    wrote
    that Murguia should be removed as La Raza`s president
    and chief executive officer, a position she`s held for four
    years without moving the organization`s agenda forward one inch.

At that time, Murguia
foolishly
warned Lou Dobbs
that she would be hold him

“accountable” for so-called
hate
crimes
if and when they should be committed. Now Murguia has
added Obama to her long list of people who should bow down to
her.

Certainly, Murguia`s fellow subversives must be ready to try
someone different. How much worse could they do? 



  • In October 2008, my
    column forecast
    that you would miss Chertoff when he left.
    Is there anyone who wouldn`t be more comfortable with Chertoff
    than Napolitano since all we know about her for sure is that she
    advocates open borders?

     



  • And in January 2009, as I noted in my opening paragraphs, I
    predicted that amnesty would not pass this year. Not only isn`t
    one on the horizon but nary a single soul in Obama`s
    administration is willing to mention the word.

We`re going to have to suffer through occasional idiotic
statements from Congressional leaders Harry Reid and Nancy
Pelosi. And I expect camouflaged efforts at amnesty through the
ever-present
DREAM
Act
which has been defeated more times than I can count over
my twenty plus years of activism.

We have beaten back these types of efforts in economic times
much more conducive to amnesty.

Although we must remain ever vigilant, for now we`re safe.

Best of all, we`ve shut the other guys up for a while. What
a blessing that is! 


Joe Guzzardi
[email
him]
is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable.
A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel.