I almost get whiplash reading Politico.com’s lead paragraphs under the headline, “Obama renews call for Senate immigration bill.”
When President Barack Obama had hopes the House might pass an immigration reform package, he said he was supportive of a piecemeal series of bills.
That support may have been short-lived.
Obama on Friday urged the House to back the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, describing it as a settled matter that the legislation would benefit the country and is politically popular — without mentioning the option of slicing the measure into a series of smaller provisions.
Is the president going to claim with a straight face that he has even read the bill?
Is this really the time for Congress to pass a mega-bill with thousands of complicated features so that the public learns about them as the law is implemented?
Fine then. If you think that is the way to go, by all means trot out Nancy Pelosi to tell us we need to pass “immigration reform” in order to find out what is in it.
“There are a few differences here and there, but the truth of the matter is that the Senate bill has the main components of comprehensive immigration reform that would boost our economy, give us an opportunity to attract more investment and high-skilled workers who are doing great things in places like Silicon Valley and around the country,” Obama said. “So let’s go ahead and get that done.”
Boost our economy? How? If the idea is simply to increase the number of foreigners allowed to legally immigrate into this country and work in Silicon Valley, I would personally be OK with that. So why not propose that one change? What else is being brought into the picture in “comprehensive” reform? I doubt there are many illegal immigrants secretly working in the tech industry longing for the day when they can get real social security numbers.
Is the President claiming that we have too many unfilled jobs and not enough workers?
Obama says the law has “bipartisan support.” But then why has it not been voted into law already? That would suggest that there is real opposition to the law. It is certainly true that the law has some incredibly zealous supporters and some rather mysterious financial backers. But that’s not the same as majority popular support. Personally, when I see how Biden and Obama keep harping on the issue, I wonder if they care as much about the immigration as they do about getting Republicans to shoot themselves with voters before the 2014 elections.
I point all this out to show that, whether one wants to change our immigration laws or not, no one in their right mind should be in favor of following the President’s lead on this gargantuan bill. The rationale offered for it does not make sense. If we have to make new laws (something that should happen as little as possible) they should be short and easily understandable.