Under the media radar On November 14, 2009, the Obama administration, via DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered an historic speech in which she succinctly outlined:
- strong economic, national security, and humanitarian cases for comprehensive U.S. immigration reform in 2010;
- Recounted vast improvements in immigration law enforcement and border security since 2007, when Congress last debated comprehensive immigration reform; and
- Described the administration's "Three-legged Stool" approach to immigration reform, which includes effective enforcement, improved legal/approval processes for workers and employers, and a "firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here."
Like I also said early in 2009 about the House healthcare reform bill, there's just nothing I don't like about President Obama's 2010 Immigration Reform Agenda.
The time is right for the Obama Administration's next big domestic dilemma, immigration reform, to be tackled with vigor. Orated Secretary Napolitano, "Like the Administration's other priorities, when it comes to immigration, we are addressing a status quo that is simply unacceptable. Everybody recognizes that our current system isn't working and that our immigration laws need to change:
- America's businesses, workers, and faith-based organizations are calling for reform.
- Law enforcement and government at every level are asking for reform.
- And at the Department of Homeland Security, we need reform to do our job of enforcing the law and keeping our country secure."
Oh, and Democrats just might have a secondary reason for moving immigration reform to the top of the 2010 issues list: it gives Republicans oodles of time to make crassly offensive, racially-based remarks about Latino illegal immigrants during the run-up to the 2010 Congressional mid-term elections... just as they did during the 2007 Immigration Reform debate, which led several normally-red western states to vote Democratic in 2008.
Take the time to read President Obama's 2010 Immigration Reform Agenda.