Sadly, we get a good forecast of the possible future of immigration reform in the Obama Administration from Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who is likely to be President Obama`s Homeland Security Secretary.
First, border enforcement: "Here`s my enforcement strategy. It`s multitiered: It`s manpower. It`s technology. It`s equipment. And in my budget I`m going to put the money not only to do it but sustain it over time. Unlike my predecessors` budgets, my budgets every year will call on the Department of Homeland Security and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and local law enforcement at the border to be properly resourced so that we have continual operational control at the border."
Yes, well, that implementation remains to be proved. If not, that will be Sell Out #1.
Second, assessing labor force needs: "I`m going to direct the Secretary of Labor to tell us what our labor market needs are, and we`re going to adjust the visas accordingly, and we`re going to put in place a process to do that, protecting jobs for American workers but realizing that we will have a national labor shortage moving forward. I`m going to pay specific attention to certain areas such as H-1B visas [for skilled workers], where there is such a demonstrated need and there`s more than enough work for everyone to go around."
Ho, ho, ho,
Merry Christmas, Mr. Gates. Endless
H-1B`s are in the pipeline, along with all the other
special visa charades. And if you really like
socialism, we, the vaunted Federal Government that has
been mismanaging our immigration policy for so long,
will now, as the
How many fully qualified US
engineers are now out of work? Even in the falsely
hyped-up economy of 2006 there were over 300,000
Clearly, this is already Sell Out #2, if the Governor gets her way!
Third, how does the incoming
Homeland Secretary define amnesty? This is
biggest, most dangerous Napolitano position to note.
How does she regard the future for the 12 to 20 million
illegal aliens now in the
As she told the National Journal, "The third thing is, we`re going to deal with the 12 million in this country. We`re not going to have a permanent underclass. They`re going to have to pay a fine, get in line, and pay their taxes. And I don`t call that amnesty."
Ah, this is
Out #3!!!!! Governor, most Americans simply don`t
buy your glib definition of NO amnesty. Your
apparently "to hell with the American Middle Class and
the thousands of
blue collar people
who will be on the street as the
As a Democrat who voted for Mr.
Obama, I can only pray that your views expressed in this
interview will not be acted upon when
We have heard mutterings from a number of Democrats about immigration—which make this Democrat`s skin crawl.
My counsel to my party`s incoming President and his entire Administration: you will surely need the good will of all Americans, including Republicans and Independents, to accomplish the many much more urgent priorities—such as energy solutions, infrastructure upgrades, a sharp war tamp down, and environmental initiatives.
Mr. Obama, with a trillion plus dollar budgetary deficit facing you, you will have little budgetary latitude for dealing with any of these pressing issues. To get immersed in a vicious, no-win battle over amnesty could well undermine anything else you wish to accomplish.
Let the market decide on manpower
Don`t go where Governor Napolitano suggests!
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.