Obama floats immigration trial balloon
The headline says it all: "Obama Said to Plan Giving Millions U.S. Work Permits":
White House officials have told allies in Congress to expect an announcement of a large-scale action most likely in September, just before the midterm congressional elections, the aide said, asking for anonymity to discuss an unannounced plan.
“One thing that seems clear is that they are seriously committed to using the full extent of their legal authority to start fixing the system,” said Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a Washington policy research group with close White House ties.
So it's a career progressive move.
“That includes doing as much as possible to enable undocumented individuals with significant equities who have committed no serious crimes to come forward, register, undergo background checks and request temporary status,” Fitz said.
What the heck does "significant equities" mean? A house? A small business? What?
Looks to me like a periodic process where we hook the big fish ("equities") and throw the rest (the poor) out, to begin the the cycle again, so in essence a resource extraction operation.
I don't write on immigration a lot, because I can't square the circle of wanting the rule of law back -- it really should apply to everyone, right? -- and the humanitarian disasters of throwing all the illegal immigrants out* combined with the realization that a lot of the need to immigrate is created by our own vile policies, particularly the drug war, but also NAFTA. Then too there's the utterly cynical use the Democrats make of the issue. "Just before the midterms," indeed. Looks like the War on Women isn't doing much, which makes sense, since Obama's done squat for women, so they've got to wheel another identity into the political breech. If I didn't want to go to bed (I was up very late last night) I'd find out of immigration played a role in these key Senate races:
Or heck, maybe it's just a fundraising scam; "vote yourself a work permit if you own a house." Or maybe they're trying to deke the loony right into impeaching Obama.
NOTE * "Undocumented" is typical Democratic mealy-mouthed verbiage, just as "illegals" is typical Republican othering. One despairs.