Immigration Reform: Biden wrong, Boehner right
November 16, 2013 11:55 PM | 1552 views | 6 6 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It takes a surplus of gall to give a speech encouraging law-breaking to a roomful of people who have just been honored for adhering to the law. In fact it’s like giving a speech encouraging arson to a roomful of firefighters. But leave it to Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden jetted into Atlanta for a few hours on Thursday to attend a naturalization ceremony at The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Some 104 people from 50 countries were formally sworn in as new U.S. citizens at the ceremony. For them we have nothing but respect and admiration.

Biden himself noted that, “There’s something different that you all possess. Making a decision to leave everything you’ve known is not for the fainthearted.”

If he’d stopped at that, things would have been fine.

Instead, he put in a plug for President Obama’s push to legalize the 11 million or more immigrants who are in this country illegally.

“Don’t pull up the ladder behind you now that you’ve climbed on board,” he said. “There’s millions of people who are already acting as decent Americans that deserve a chance, deserve a path to earn their way.”

Many of them, no doubt, are working as “decent Americans.” But there is already a path they can take in order to earn their way to citizenship. In fact, it’s the very same path taken by those who Biden witnessed being sworn in. Those people played by the rules and as a result earned one of the greatest benefits available on this planet — citizenship in the United States of America.

For a variety of reasons, those here illegally have chosen not to take that path. They broke the law in order to get here and in some cases they break the law in order to stay here.

The Obama Administration sees them as a gigantic pool of future Democratic voters if they can just figure out a way to bamboozle enough Republicans into agreeing to let them stay.

We wonder what other laws Mr. Biden and his cohorts favor ignoring?

Biden and Obama have been critical of House Republicans’ refusal to take up the immigration bill that recently passed the Senate. House Speaker John Boehner says he prefers to take up immigration on a piecemeal approach, rather than a one-size fits all.

Waving a magic legislative wand in Washington and legalizing 11 million people at a stroke will not end our immigration problems. Rather, it will worsen them by encouraging new waves of people to sneak across our borders. But, it’s probable that Biden, Obama & Co. see those future waves as additional Democratic voters in-waiting.

Speaker Boehner should stick to his guns. Standing up to the president and vice president is not for the fainthearted, to paraphrase Mr. Biden, but it is a stand that must be taken.

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rjsnh
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November 17, 2013
Your consistently conservative approach and Boehner's and the GOP's...to do nothing....is akin to an ostrich burying its head in the sand to make a problem go away. That is just about the dumbest approach I can imagine....just do nothing and things will get better.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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November 17, 2013
Thanks to "president" Obama and his senile Pet Lewmming Biden, the Democartic Party will forever be known as the "Home of The Losers".

The fact, repeat fact, is that this country was founded on, and achieved greatness by, those who were not afraid to take on a challange and, thru hard work, become a success. Sadly, that is not what America is today. Instead of hard working people, our population has become rotten by those who merely "want" without a concept of "work"...and those who have no business being here in the first place! Obama is not only the "master of this concept, but the # 1 prime example!
just sayin
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November 17, 2013
I would be willing to bet that everyone who has "no business being here in the first place" have a somewhat darker complexion than yourself!
rjsnh
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November 18, 2013
Apparently you have great contempt for the working poor because, as you may know, the majority of folks who receive public assistance (welfare is the word you no doubt prefer) work full time jobs. IF many of those you regard as having achieved "greatness" were willing to pay a living wage to their workers the rest of us wouldn't be forced to subsidize so many of the folks they keep poor. And, regarding the hispanic community, the overwhelming majority of them came here to, guess what...WORK. And guess who not only hires them but recruits them as well...those great achievers you you mentioned. And, guess one of our presidents who rose from poverty, graduated Harvard with honors and hasn't been afraid to take on some of the challenge you mentioned...President Obama, because when he took office, the former President, a Republican, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, had left our economy in shambles, very near collapse. Things are better now, like it or not.
Julius Kratis
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November 17, 2013
Problem is that with the current system none of those illegally in the country qualify even for a working permit. Business do not have access to the labor they required. so is absurd to think that the economy is going to improve doing nothing on immigration.
Guido Sarducci
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November 18, 2013
Are you that terribly naive? Do you think that not having a work permit is stopping people from hiring these illegal thieves?

If you believe that, put on the dunce hat and sti int he corner.
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