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Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty In 2009!
<!-- Start of Article --> Eight years of George W. Bush has proven one thing: that it doesn't matter what the U.S. president wants regarding an illegal alien amnesty, open borders, unlimited work visas or any other treasonous elements of immigration policy that subvert American interests about which he may fantasize. If Bush simply could have snapped his fingers and gotten his way, I imagine he would have established an expansion of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that currently applies to Cubans. Then the only requirement for a green card would be to get into the US. Bush would doubtless have loved to have created a national rolling amnesty that would have included Mexico, Central and South America—and perhaps everyone in the world. But throughout his two terms, Americans thwarted Bush at his every turn. Despite his virtually non-stop efforts to get his illegal immigration agenda past Congress, Bush instead lost ground every year. At his low point in 2007, Bush experienced such a string of ignominious "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" defeats that his administration suffered what in effect was a vote of no confidence. Given our successes, I—unlike other immigration reform patriots—am not in a huge lather about what appears to be the certainty of a 2009 amnesty effort. I'm VDARE.COM's in-house optimist. Our recent track record gives me good reason to feel as I do. Sure, John McCain and Barack Obama are both for amnesty. So what? If Bush couldn't get it past either a Republican or Democratic controlled Congress, why should we assume either of them will? The American government has a process that must be followed. Whoever wins in November will start his first term with higher negatives than Bush did. In fact, the survivor will likely be the least popular president ever elected, thus starting out his new job with a considerable reservoir of ill will. The worsening economy, the nation's rotten public education system, unaffordable health care and the ever-present Iraq War put immigration reform no higher than fifth on most lists of American's concerns. In some states, like my Pennsylvania, immigration is barely on the radar, at least by comparison to California. That makes "comprehensive immigration reform" unlikely to be the first item on the new president's legislative to-do list. Why lead with your chin? McCain and Obama's challenge is to get elected. As of today, each is floundering in the polls and probably appearing less attractive to even their small core of hard-core supporters as the days drag on. Whichever candidate does the best job of convincing the unconvinced will prevail. Fifty-three days remain for either to pull it off. Which of the two might blink and bring immigration to the forefront of their campaigns? Short answer: neither. Despite what our good friend Mickey Kaus at Slate thinks (that Obama could appeal to blue collar workers suspicious of him by promising to delay amnesty until he became convinced that wages would not be adversely impacted by more immigration), Obama has no wiggle room.
- First, Obama is the candidate who publicly supported driver's licenses for aliens. (See his speech here)
- Second, Obama doesn't have a disaffected base on immigration. Mainstream Democratic voters support amnesty.
- Third, Obama has made so many pleas on behalf of Hispanics "in the shadows" that if he reversed himself now, he would appear idiotic. [Obama Pitches Immigration Policy, by T.W. Farnam, Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2009]
- Unlike in 2001, when we were "ambushed," the patriotic immigration reform movement is fully prepared to go to the mat.
- Amnesty in all its forms, either "comprehensive," a "grand compromise," or one piece at a time (Dream Act and Ag Jobs), has been soundly defeated dating back even further than the Bush administration. The last success the other side registered occurred during the Clinton years.
- To grasp the enormity of passing amnesty, consider that similar bills introduced this week (H.R. 5882 and H.R. 5924) to increase worker visas by more than 550,000 met with such public outrage that the House Judiciary Committee could not even organize a vote even though one had been scheduled. This is in the Committee! Good luck to them on amnesty.
- Whether the Republicans or the Democrats control the next 111th Congress, the environment may be more hostile than the 110th that consistently sent amnesty down to a string of defeats. Many immigration restriction candidates will be on November's ballot. If elected, expect their votes to be cast in our favor.