From, of all places, the Washington Post — hardly a conservative publication — comes this story:
Until now, the politics of immigration have been seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and moderate voters.
But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting.
Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming.
And the president’s own party is deeply divided over what must be done now — particularly on the sensitive question of deporting children who have traveled thousands of miles and turned themselves in to U.S. authorities to escape from the desperate situations they faced in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Let’s go over some basics first.
Many of these children have come because they thought Obama would unilaterally give them citizenship under the Dream Act and Obama’s 2012 executive order that loosened the requirements for people to stay in the country. The Dream Act — which has not been passed or signed into law — would apply to children, so it seems that’s the primary reason for the flood of illegal kids across our southern border. The logic seems obvious… if you tell people they’re gonna get a free pass into Disneyland, they’ll show up in droves. Same logic applies to people from other nations getting into the USA.
So, to me, this looks like a manufactured crisis that’s going the wrong way for Obama. He probably figured, “hey, once all these kids are here, we’ll have an easier time getting amnesty passed, because we can paint it as ‘for the children.'”
The problem for Obama, as the WaPo points out, is that not even all Democrats are buying that meme. From later in the same article:
“The numbers have spiked recently, but this is not a new development,” said Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.). “It seems to me that the administration just wasn’t paying close attention and could have acted sooner.”
Barber noted that 30 percent of apprehensions of illegal immigrants are made in his Tucson-area district, as are up to 47 percent of cartel drug-running arrests. His constituents, who already live in fear for their safety, are now seeing law enforcement agents diverted to child care.
“They’re doing a great job, but it’s not their job, and it’s allowed the front line to be thinned even further,” Barber added.
Mr. Barber, being a Representative, is of course up for election in 2014. Mr. Obama is not. Thus it seems likely that Mr. Barber is listening to the voices of the voters a lot closer than Mr. Obama is.
This isn’t the first time the Obama Administration has blundered in reading public opinion. Remember back in 2010, David Axelrod thought Obamacare would become more popular after it was passed. Anyone that still believes that, please email me. I have a bridge to sell you with a marvelous view of San Francisco Bay.
Just another example of how the entire Obama White House is completely out of touch with the American people.