by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Barack Obama’s desperate move to rescue the Hispanic vote with his amnesty-by-fiat appears to have gained him nothing, and may have even backfired.
On August 18, the Administration announced that 300,000 illegal aliens would have their deportations “indefinitely delayed”, and would also become eligible for “work permits”. The move, termed “backdoor amnesty” by U.S. House leaders Lamar Smith and Peter King, was widely viewed as a transparent attempt to shore up the Hispanic vote before the 2012 elections.
If that’s true, so far it’s an EPIC FAIL: a Gallup poll taken after his amnesty decree showed that Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics fell to its lowest point on record – 44% - 5 % lower than just one week earlier, and a whopping 41% drop since the 85% high soon after Obama took office.
Obama’s advisers appear to have believed the propaganda of their own allies at La Raza (“The Race”) that ALL Hispanics support amnesty for illegals. But that is not the case, as we saw last year after Arizona passed its tough S.B. 1070 immigration law. The Denver Post polled Coloradans next door regarding whether they would like to see a similar crackdown on illegals pass in their own state. 61% said yes. But surprisingly (to the Denver Post), Colorado Hispanics said yes with an even higher margin: 62%.
In Arizona, the media asked LEGAL Hispanic immigrants what they thought of illegal ones. Most gave opinions that surprised liberal commentators – that they opposed illegal immigration and amnesty. Immigrants in this news report summed up the feelings of many:
“We have millions of people from all over the world who want to come here legally, and can’t, because we already have millions of illegals here taking their place. We need to make sure that those who want to come here legally go to the front of the line.” – Carlos Cardenas (Legal immigrant and veteran from Panama)
“People say you’re a traitor: they’re your people. And I say ‘No they’re not my people…my people are honorable people who remain (in Mexico).’” – Anna Gaines (Legal immigrant from Mexico)
And no wonder. Few are more adversely impacted by illegal aliens than LEGAL immigrants, who compete unfavorably with them for jobs, since they play by the rules and are often priced out of work as a result. And despite the media hype about “record deportations under Obama”, the fact is that the majority of those deportations occurred close to the border, where most of them easily come right back in (like these illegals). And America’s 20 million unemployed are forced to compete with illegals as well, as workplace enforcement has dropped a stunning 70% under Obama. Little or no action is being taken against illegal workers under Obama.
And even for Hispanics who DO support amnesty for illegals, many of them simply don’t believe Obama’s lies anymore. They know he had a ‘Super Majority’ for two entire years, yet did little to push through “immigration reform”. And now suddenly – desperately, as he runs for re-election – Obama is trying to win them back with his “backdoor amnesty” order. So far, it appears to be no sale.
For Americans who respect the rule of law, we can only hope that this trend of plummeting support for the lawless Obama continues right into November 2012 – which cannot come soon enough.
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