February 18, 2014
Senator Charles Schumer, leading proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens, with a D- from Numbers USA and buddy of John McCain, was on Meet the Press on February 9th, talking about amnesty. The senator tossed out a proposal which has gotten some attention:
of the Republicans …they have said they want to do immigration reform,
but they don't trust the president to enforce the law, particularly the
parts. So there's a simple solution.”
And what’s that, Chuck?
SCHUMER: “Let's enact a law this year, but simply not let it actually start till 2017, after President Obama's term is over. Now I think the rap against him, that he won't enforce the law is false…But you can actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it.”
Especially since Obama’s administrative amnesties are preventing most illegal aliens from being deported anyway.
SCHUMER: "You simply move the date back from December 31st, 2011 to December 31st 2013 as to when people, the deadline for people who could get even legalization or citizenship. So we could go after the new people who come in later. And it would solve the problem."
So Schumer is saying that anybody who entered the U.S. illegally up to December 31st, 2013, that is, less than two months ago, would be eligible. With of course, the hollow promise that “we could go after the new people who come in later”. Right! Like that would happen!
Schumer’s proposal was rejected by the Republican leadership, but with the leadership being people like Speaker Boehner and Paul Ryan, what’s that worth?
What’s interesting is how the proposal was received in the Hispanic media, both here and abroad. You know of course that the Hispanic media is fixated on the immigration issue and watching it closely. That’s an understatement. So it’s not surprising how quickly the Schumer proposal was on the radar screen of the Hispanic media.
Of course, it was written about in Mexico. I learned years ago how closely the immigration issue is followed there. A day after Schumer’s proposal, it was discussed by J. Jaime Hernandez in his Agenda Washington column in el Universal, Mexico’s paper of record.
Further south in Honduras, on the very day of the Schumer proposal, it was reported in La Prensa Honduras. And why not? There are many Hondurans in the U.S., and Honduras owes a much bigger proportion of its GNP to remittances than Mexico does.
And of course, right here in the United States we have a burgeoning Spanish-language media, informing Spanish-speakers, impeding their assimilation and promoting their agendas.
So it’s not surprising that U.S. Spanish-language media outlets La Opinion and Univision were running stories reporting on the Schumer proposal very quickly.
Associated Press ran a Spanish-language article on the 10th entitled Activist as no se oponen a la reforma migratoria en el 2017 (Activists don’t oppose the migratory reform in 2017). Of course, they want to make sure that the illegal aliens are taken care of from now until then [following quotations my translation]:
AP: “…various activists who fight for the rights of the immigrants, upon hearing the declarations in which New York senator Charles Schumer suggested the migratory reform take effect in 2017, asked what would happen to the unauthorized immigrants until that year."
Well, nothing is happening to most of them now, is it? What’s the big deal? The article quoted Don Lyster, director of the Washington office of the National Immigration Law Center (website here, you can see where they stand).
LYSTER “I think we should not ignore any option, including what Schumer presented yesterday, but the details of the migratory policy would be complicated.”
Of course, Lyster wants the illegals taken care of from now until 2017.
AP: “If the Schumer proposal took effect, said Lyster, ‘the government should offer assistance or temporary help to families to alleviate the current policy of deportations.’”
Considering that fewer than 1% of illegal aliens are being deported, that shouldn’t be a problem.
But of course, the “threat of deportation,” though statistically miniscule, is constantly used along with the old tired saws about “breaking up families” and “living in the shadows,” even though these people are publicly demanding amnesty. And while these are bogus arguments, they can and do sway uninformed Americans.
The Spanish-language AP article quoted Cesar Vargas of the “Dream Action Coalition,” who is a “dreamer” himself. Like Lyster, Vargas is not against the Schumer proposal but is concerned about the situation of the illegals right now.
Will the Schumer proposal “stop the deportations?” asks Vargas, “…the worry is if Schumer and Obama are going to protect the people who benefit from this bill.”
On February 13th, the New York Times reported that Senator Schumer was suggesting a sneaky legislative trick to obtain amnesty through a “discharge petition.” (see Schumer Offers Long-Shot Option to Skirt House G.O.P. on Immigration.)
This NYT report appeared on February 13th. The same day, at 12:49, el Diario in the Mexican media reported on the story, even including the term "discharge petition.” (see Afirma senador que demócratas podrían obligar voto sobre reforma migratoria).
So the Spanish-language media, both here and abroad are following the immigration issue very closely. Of course, the Spanish-language media organs want amnesty. But do the American people?
And, among pro-amnesty groups in the U.S., a new “in your face” approach is being planned,
See Immigration groups turn to anger, about the new approach of some pro-amnesty groups, to unleash anger and publicly target House Republicans.
The brazen chutzpah of the pro-amnesty crowd is astonishing when you think of it. But our political system has tolerated everything they have done so far.
When will we stop tolerating this? And where is the leadership of the GOP? The Republican leadership has already shown weakness and thus has invited such scorn from the pro-amnesty camp.
What they should have done from the beginning was to show strength. They should have totally rejected amnesty and any accomodation of illegal immigration. Instead they tried to compromise and wound up without the respect of the open borders crowd or the conservative base.
If the GOP “leaders” cannot lead on this issue, is it time for a new movement or party whose leaders will?
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Allan Wall recently returned to the U.S. after residing many years in Mexico.