Sunshine State News
May 10, 2011
Amnesty or bust. Though not using those words, that’s expected to be the message President Barack Obama will deliver in the border town of El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.
Obama, according to unofficial reports, will argue that his administration has tightened America’s borders and stepped up deportations, and that it is time for Congress to enact a “path to citizenship” for at least some of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens in this country.
Wary congressional Republicans and even a few Democrats say that “path to citizenship” means “amnesty,” and they’re not willing to go down that road again. Previous amnesty programs, which effectively rewarded lawbreakers, simply enticed more illegals to enter the country.
Obama, eager to make good on campaign promises from 2008 and bolster his Hispanic base for 2012, says the time is ripe for immigration reform. The administration reports that it deported a record 392,000 immigrants, and has put more “boots on the ground” along America’s southern border.
Workplace raids have stepped up, too, and more businesses are using the federal E-Verify program to screen new hires.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:40 am