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2010 Immigration Reform Agenda Set by Obama Administration

By November 17, 2009

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Without doubt, immigration reform will be to 2010 what health care reform has been to 2009: the headline-grabbing dominant issue, hotly debated, replete with plenty of ugly Republican rhetoric, and will ultimately culminate in some Congressionally-negotiated form of landmark legislation.

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.


November 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm
(1) Robert says:

Well, here’s the problem. Health care reform is going to spill over into 2010. Possibly, long into 2010. All of these major issues are going to start stacking up on the White House.

November 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(2) WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate says:

“firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here.”

My question is fair for who? The people who came here illegally and are currently taking advantage of our system for their gain, or fair to the US citizens collecting food stamps because their jobs have been taken by cheaper illegal labor?

There are few fair solutions for the citizen of this country. Not addressing the issue just bankrupts our social systems that are in total despair. Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants just bandaids the wound until the next round of illegal immigrants migrate here. The amnesty given during the Reagan administration solved nothing. The proof is that we have more illegal immigrants than ever before. We need to penalize beyond recognition those anti-American employers who utilize illegal labor. We need to protect and secure our borders. We need to collect back taxes from anyone here illegally. If any citizen evades taxes for long enough, the IRS will seize their possessions. Illegals should suffer the same fate and be deported if possible. If they are in fact tax paying illegal immigrants then how did they get social security #s? Again by breaking the laws. No person should be above the law. We are a people of law and order. So let’s uphold the law.

Another very important issue is that our social systems need to be preserved. We will never be able to afford health care for all of our citizens if we just take anyone who sneaks over the border. As well, our unemployed/under-employed citizens need economic protection and relief. Letting anyone into the country without any constraints threatens the well being of all. Last time I checked legal hard working immigrants came to this country through places like Ellis Island. And that path wasn’t always easy.

So let’s see what the government calls fair and for who it’s fair.

November 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(3) Brittancus says:

We think that today’s administration under President Obama or previous political parties had a goal of enforcing our immigration laws. But corrupt politicians intervened on behalf of the open border fanatics and special interest lobbyists. As with E-Verify that has become a spotlighted enforcement law, because it was originally nearly tabled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). But public uproar caused them to forcibly change their decisions and fully fund E-Verify for another 3 years. WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CAVED-IN? Right now it is the–ONLY–true enforcement tool implemented, but it is only as good–IF–business owners are forced to use it. Even though hundreds of thousands of companies have now decided to apply it, yet it is not MANDATORY? It is up to the discretion of employers? In a few states Representatives have introduced it into law, as with the fed’s issuing an ultimatum that all contractors/subcontractors must use E-Verify. Remember E-Verify does not need buses for deportation? Those here will self-deport. It will take time, but without access to jobs–THEY EVENTUALLY WILL LEAVE. THEY CALL IT “ATTRITION?”

Justifiably bloggers should be either criticized for their anti-sovereignty stand, or praised for informing the unaware public of the taxpayers money needed to fund a 2009-2010 Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Rewarding the millions already illegally squatting here, with the costs to support families, children and those kin who will come here through sponsorship. THEN THE MILLIONS MORE WHO HAVE HEARD THE CALL FOR AMNESTY AND RUSH TO GET HERE FROM POOR NATIONS, BEFORE THE NEW LAW MATERIALIZES?

House Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times today He stated that the Washington Times had slammed the Obama Administration for hardened enforcement. While the opposite reaction came from the open border advocates saying there was too much enforcement. However Rep. Smith determined the opposite? This is his statement:-

* Rescinding of the “no-match” rule that prevents the Social Security Administration from contacting employers when a new hires name and social security number don’t match their records. “Without this protection, many employers will continue to employ individuals they know are illegal and are taking jobs that should go to citizens and legal residents,” Smith said.
* Repeal of REAL ID in lieu of PASS ID, which makes it easier for illegal aliens to obtain a driver’s license. “This makes it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country. And it can provide terrorists with a legitimate ID – as we saw with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, who between them obtained 30 driver’s licenses and ID cards,” Smith said.
* Lack of funding for an airport biometric exit system that is part of a DHS proposal to monitor when foreign visitors leave the country. “40 percent of all 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. This program will show who did not leave the country when they should have,” Smith said.
* Restricted the 287(g) program by limiting the ways local law enforcement officials can help federal immigration enforcement officials.
* No funding for border fence, which was required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
* Signing the CHIP bill making it easier for illegal aliens to get health care.
* Reduced work site enforcement by shifting the focus away from the illegal workers and onto the businesses that hire them.
* Allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens even though it violate federal law.

Reading the Washington Times indicates to me, that they are pro illegal immigration, that is not in the American workers interest. They have consistently reacted to any enforcement of laws. They are obviously adverse to any immigration restriction, as the majority of the national press have indicated to us. Unlike the rural media who do not condone DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s rush to OVERPOPULATION through another BLANKET AMNESTY? Grade your Senator of Congressman/Woman on NUMBERSUSA website. Call them and reprimand them for approving another AMNESTY or anything else at 202-224-3121. The people of America have been blindsided to long and must become more involved. We all no by now we cannot trust our government anymore to do the right thing for all of us. To survive we must fight back or financially–SINK. Washington is truly a corrupt place, where taxpayers money is the bargaining chip. Read all at JUDICIAL WATCH, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICAN PATROL & THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

November 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(4) erw says:

“WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate” asked: “The people who came here illegally and are currently taking advantage of our system for their gain…”, so forth.

What a comment. Why not go with fringe and outright say that you hate them supposedly based on their immigration status?

What about citizens who’ve taken advantage of them! Persons like you must have heard of the kosher plants, and sweatshop stories. That’s ‘to take advantage’ of someone. Not working hard. No one sane would call hard work ‘taking advantage’, knowing what went into it. It’s obviously the other way around. America has taken advantage of them. It’s a no brainer. People die crossing the desert, then end up exploited where they work. Yet it’s the Workers who ‘take advantage’. That pretty much amounts to lying. Liars should lecture anyone.

November 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(5) erw says:

“WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate” asked: “The people who came here illegally and are currently taking advantage of our system for their gain…”, so forth.

What a comment. Why not go with fringe and outright say that you hate them supposedly based on their immigration status?

What about citizens who’ve taken advantage of them! Persons like you must have heard of the kosher plants, and sweatshop stories. That’s ‘to take advantage’ of someone. Not working hard. No one sane would call hard work ‘taking advantage’, knowing what went into it. It’s obviously the other way around. America has taken advantage of them. It’s a no brainer. People die crossing the desert, then end up exploited where they work. Yet it’s those Workers who ‘take advantage’. That pretty much amounts to lying. And Ellis Island can’t be compared to today’s system, end of story. That’s just more like lying.

November 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(6) WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate says:


I did say “We need to penalize beyond recognition those anti-American employers who utilize illegal labor. ”

So I am clearly for making examples of those people who game the system by using illegal employees.

And the people who cross the border here to work also return to their country as kings. Don’t forget that point.

FYI I dont hate them because they are here illegally. But I do believe noone is above the law, no exception.

November 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm
(7) WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate says:


One more thing. When I say no person should be above the law. I mean no exception. Whether we are talking about Karl Rove deciding to ignore subpoenas, Tim Geitner not paying taxes, or people in this county illegally. They are all breaking the law. Thus, they should all be held to the rule of the land.

November 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(8) lawbkr:) says:


“When I say no person should be above the law. I mean no exception. Whether we are talking about Karl Rove deciding to ignore subpoenas, Tim Geitner not paying taxes, or people in this county illegally. They are all breaking the law. Thus, they should all be held to the rule of the land.”

How many times have you broken the law?? Drove without your seat belt?? Stolen something? Downloaded illegally??? YOU should be held to the rule of the land!!!

FYI A great majority of studies conclude that immigrants rarely force a native worker out of a job. The effects are statistically insignificant.
The only jobs Illegals are taking are the most back breaking jobs that you lazy ppl wont do!! and get paid measly money for it…because of cheap “american” employers! ppl who r on food stamps are there because they are lazy! Or they themselves are breaking laws. Who works here and returns to their country as kings???? You sound to me like an insensitive jerk! These people work their butts off for years to buy themselves a car a truck EARN some money to go back and see their family and take probably the best thing they will ever own! Your are missing the point, the only reason people come over here is for their children to give them a better life so maybe they wonít have to go through what they do. If you have children and you had a chance to do something that would change their lives for the better would you not break the law for them? You should put your self in their situation…you just donít know how good you have it compared to some of these people! I pray for you so that neither you nor your children will be in a similar situation. The US will always benefit from immigration one way or another! LEARN IT..TEACH IT!

December 1, 2009 at 5:03 am
(9) Chris Pfluegler says:

It should not be a question at all that you are allowed to be with your family in the country where they live. Immigration in the USA should be made much easier. As long as you don’t have criminal records and you live a honest life in this country you should become a Citizen and the chance to proof that you are worth it. PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT- keep your word and initiate the long overdue Immigration Reform NOW!!! Thanks!

December 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm
(10) Sandy says:

This subject really does affect me in many ways. One because my parents dealt with this issue over 20 years ago (and no I am not Mexican) and another because my boyfriend of 8 years is illegal who is mexican. Everyone thinks that undocumented workers that receive amnesty from the government get things the easy way. I think everyone who thinks this way is just ignorant. Many people have worked so hard to get to this country, much harder than any American-born individual(like myself) to be judged so harshly by so many negative people “American” people. My parents like my boyfriend gave up a lot to get here and worked extremely difficult when they they did. My parents fortunately were here when Regan passed the amnesty law and now I know exactly what they went through seeing my boyfriend go through it. This country is amazing and so are the opportunities and when this law finally does go through you will see a lot of things come out of it, like in my case my two sisters, one who is a doctor and another who is a lawyer–both born from parents who were illegal before the amnesty law was passed. (think of that next time you are in the hospital) or like my boyfriend who although is illegal (and getting taxed) has a very successful restuarant with authentic Mexican food that “Americans” love…Meet a couple of people before making harsh judgement on innocent people who are just trying to live to their full potential which is something that many people cannot do in other countries.

December 15, 2009 at 11:51 am
(11) Sofi says:

Some of you on here are so cruel. Are your lives really so empty and meaningless? Are you so unhappy with your everyday lives that you have to blow off steam on a website? I’m sorry that your dreams are sitting on a shelf somewhere and that you have never in your lives experienced true love. Maybe if you were happy and loved by someone…anyone at all, you would be more sympathetic of the struggles of others. Nonetheless, count your blessings. You don’t have to wake up every morning wondering if your hard working parents, or your children are going to be deported back to a country that has nothing to offer. You don’t have to settle for a minimum wage job. You don’t have to listen to other people put you down because of your ethnicity, or constantly read comments about how much people hate you for being undocumented. You don’t have to look at your children in the eye and explain to them that although they have no memory of their birth country, they have gone to school here all their lives, and can only speak English…..They too could be deported to another country without warning at any given time. You will never know what it’s like to fall in love with someone that you can’t help because at any time that person you love so much could be taken from you because they don’t have a piece of paper that says they can legally live here. If you have no money you should have thought of going to college. You certainly had that option. Don’t say you couldn’t afford it. There were more financial aide options back in your day than there are now. You have no one else to blame for your lazy ass mistakes. Count your blessings and think about what other families are going through. You and your loved ones don’t have to fear being separated or being discriminated against. So what exactly are you so unhappy about? There are so many immigrant families that were forced to risk their lives by coming here because their children would have starved in their countries. Wouldn’t you do anything for your kids? These are hard working families that stay out of trouble and ask for nothing more than to continue contributing to the economy and in a positive way and to have the same rights as you and everyone else. No special treatment, just helping out the same people who have paid their taxes and have not gotten a penny back, so that YOU could continue to enjoy YOUR fancy tax return. Don’t be ungrateful and narrow minded. Do your research on something other than anti-immigrant sites. No wonder you’re complaining about not finding work. You never went to college did you. Well, let em tell you. I am in college now and I can put myself in other people’s shoes. I’m not heartless and dumb like you. I’ve had to watch my share of people suffer and I feel sorry for you because one day you’ll have to face God and say, “I was a good person, I swear. I only hated immigrants but who wouldn’t, right, God?”……Good luck justifying that one.

December 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm
(12) Jonathan says:

I know alot of friends and family that are in the same situation. I see how they suffer for not having their families with them. Alot of my friends are iligal but really smart but they cant keep studing because at the end no body is going to hire them because they dont have papers. That could it been a help for the economy but I guess not.I know people that have thier own company and dont have papers, they are already helping the economy but they can grow thier business because they dont have papers they cant get a lisence. This people could it create a lot of jobs for residents but I guess not. We need an Immigration Reform, better Economy for everybody!!!

January 2, 2010 at 1:19 am
(13) tom merriss says:

Heres the problem. This is a loser for the dems. If Healthcare reform (which is a disaster) isnt bad enough, now Obama will push this unpopular issue. It will sink the dems in 2010 midterms.

January 11, 2010 at 5:34 am
(14) Juan Valdez says:

Seems to be a lot of confusion about Immigration and illegal aliens .
The US takes in more LEGAL Immigrants every year than all other countries
put together.
As far as aliens taking jobs ask someone who was in construction ,meat packing
and many other jobs that some say Americans wont do.
All illegal aliens should be given 90 days too go back to there country of origin
and apply the way millions of others have.
Anyone picked up after that should be charged with a felony deported and never allowed
back into the US.

January 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(15) Rachael says:

People say that illegal immigrants take advantage of the system NO…Our own legal people live off the state food stamps, housing and what ever they can get thier hands on because the are sooo lazy to work and that is why illegal immigrats have a better chance at work because they don’t have a chance at a “free ride”…. President Obama please approve an immigration reform we really need one to help bust our economy Illegal immigrants deserve a change to free and prosper country!!

January 14, 2010 at 2:14 am
(16) Matt.robertson says:


its fair for those who desserve it im not for it and neither against it BUT i do believe that those immigrants that are here illegaly and need to be here and arent breaking the laws then WHY NOT i happen to be a high school teacher and i’ve had many students that are illegal aliens and their lives are so miserble you have no idea. most of them came here when they where young and didnt have a choise, some came here because in their OLD countries they would be in danger, some came here to better them selves and actually become someone. thats the kind of ppl this country needs i dont care what anyone else but i really hope they pass this reform.

January 15, 2010 at 12:53 am
(17) maryelizabeth says:

Immigration Refrom needs to pass. It is unhealthy for us to have an “underground” group of people in our country living in fear of deportation. There family’s are in danger of separation. We have a really frightening system that detains these people in facility’s nationwide. There are horrific cases where many deaths have occured in these disgusting facility’s. Beatings, medical neglect and various abuse have taken place in our facility’s funded by our taxdollars. Do we want to be known as a country that retricts our legal Immigration so that we have access to cheap labor from an underground workforce to uphold our lifestyle of luxury. Then we take these people and detain them, separate their family’s and abuse them. This is something that we would expect to see coming out of a third world country with a corupt government. Why is this happening in the United States of America. Does anyone see how we need to deparately push this bill through the senate. We can not continue to do what we are doing and “YES” we are all responsible for just sitting back and watching our government continue to not do anything to put an end to this cruel inhumane Immigration system.

January 26, 2010 at 9:28 am
(18) la chula says:

we are taking us jobs because yall are to lay zzzzz
why you never talk abaout all this indians buyig
avery hotel and gas station they are the ones taking over averithing americans need to stand up and work not just
talk and talk

i am zorry but truth is truth get ur assssssss to work get of
the bed

February 5, 2010 at 8:06 am
(19) Jacquelan says:

We the Americans many years ago brought the Mexicans here for cheaper labor and accepted the fact the there were Mexicans smuggling themselves and families to a land that is told to of opportunity and of the free. So we looked the other way and now we want to point the finger at everyone else.
The illegalimmigrants that have already been here in our country should be recongnized as legal and given citizenship. The people have been here and have developed families with our American citizens. I think it is CRUEL to seperate the families and causing the
Us to take of the broken homes. We need to be realistic with our drastic thoughts.

February 23, 2010 at 6:53 am
(20) rqwer says:

there is a strong need to pass this reform. as it will help in the unification of many divided families. i have a friend of mine whose dad went to the states when he was 10 yrs old so that his children can have a better life. his dad sacrificed his entire life for him. his family, his country everything just for the sake of his children. nw his son is 21. nd he has not seen his dad since then. just imagine the plea of that family. of his son who never got the love and care from his dad. he cries every day because he despirately wants his dad to be there. to be with him, to get his father’s love like any other family. and i am sure that his father cries everyday for his son. he must be feeling so unlucky so unfortunate as he too hasnt seen his children growing young for whom he is working so hard. that poor guy hasnt seen his wife since then. just imagine the situation of that unlucky wife. nd the people i m talkin about are the nicest people i have ever met. so prez obama plz pass this reform for the reunion of families like these. plzzzz.

March 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(21) Leandra says:

I hardly think that the illegal’s are taking over your jobs at a lower pay.. The last time I checked the farm fields there were no US Citizens lined up to go to work.. The illegal aliens work the fields, a hard back braking job that no one else wants to do. If it wasnt for them we would have no fruit or vegetables, and if we did we would be paying dearly for them.. They don’t get paid hourly.. they don’t get the luxury of sitting around slacking off at work and still bring home the same amount at the end of the week.. they get paid for what they do, piece work. I’d like to see a US Citizen picking lemons all day carying the heavy latter and sack to hold the lemons all day. filling the sack up and having to move up and down the latter and run and fill up your bin that’s about the size of a green trash bin.. and they only get paid about 22 or so dollars per bin that they fill hahahahahahaha ya they really taking our jobs away huh you idiot

March 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(22) besmir e lita says:

god bles amerika

March 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(23) Sharing Opinions says:

to WWeiss_TheLonelyModerate: Well since you know so much, then you would know that the IRS provides what is known as the ITIN’s. Through the ITIN’s these people pay taxes just like legal Americans do. Most importantly the US employers have no altenative but to hire the undocumented people to do the shittie jobs proud americans don’t want to do. Who will scrubs the toilets, clean the floors and pick fruits/vegetables from the fields in sunny high temperatures? are you willing to do that, to get calluses on your hands? I would like to know what percentage of US citizens would be willing to do the labor these people do…

May 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(24) boo boo says:

ya’ll are all just a bunch of retarded nurds,, just shut up

June 4, 2010 at 1:55 am
(25) lebasi says:

Immigration Reform is badly needed in our country. Families should not be separated. It’s cruel, inhumane, unjust. Especially for those who came here to build a better life, not commit crime.

May 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(26) VinceF says:

I can’t handle reading these utterly stupid partisan bashing comments and blogs. I read the first paragraph and puked. How do you believe the health care reform was a success? Nobody except for furious Republicans actually read the thing. The Democrats were enraged when AT&T had to post their losses to the public even though the dems had written it into the bill. If you can’t even remember what the (expletive deleted) you’re writing in a bill please don’t shove it down everyones throats.

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