August 24, 2011

Election politics on illegal immigration?

While I generally welcome the Department of Homeland Security's new move to review deportation orders on a case-by-case basis, I still raise a skeptical eye at it.

With Obama's standing with liberals, not just moderates in the Democratic party, and independents,starting to slip, his standing with both black and Hispanic minorities is also getting a bit less "firm."

And, this would certainly be a good way to shore up his standing with Hispanics, especially given that most GOP candidates so far are pretty hardcore on illegal immigration. It's worth adding to that observation that most of the cases where deportation is being reversed are exactly those that would be covered by the DREAM act.

Proof of politics? Perhaps this:
“This is the Barack Obama I have been waiting for, that Latino and immigrant voters helped put in office to fight for sensible immigration policies,” said Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois, a Latino leader on immigration issues who has been arrested twice in protests in front of the White House.
Uhh, this is the same Barack Obama who, over the last two years, has sent ICE and other folks out into the apple orchards of Washington state, etc., and rounded up more illegals in active operations than BushCo ever did.

Selective perception, eh?

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