Obama Advisor: Illegals Could Be Legal As Quickly as Next Year

Posted on November 15, 2009. Filed under: Illegal Immigration, Obama, Politics |

I don’t even know what to say. Obama keeps pushing his crap through as quickly as he can!

Illegals could be legal as quickly as next year

‘They have to pay a fine and a penalty and have to meet certain requirements’November 15, 2009

By Drew Zahn

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

David Axelrod

Obama’s senior advisor said today that a plan to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is in the works and could be made law as early as next year.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King, the White House’s David Axelrod dodged a question asking him to commit to pushing immigration reform regardless of the political climate, but nonetheless confirmed earlier hints by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that Democrats and Republicans are working behind the scenes to pass major new legislation.

“I think some good work is being done on both sides of the aisle to achieve that,” Axelrod said, “and Secretary Napolitano is getting that done.”

Axelrod added, “If we can get a group together to give it the momentum to pass in Congress, then we’re going to push forward with it.”

But while some attempt at addressing immigration law is widely anticipated, Axelrod went further, tipping the White House’s hand on the more contentious question surrounding immigration reform: if and how the estimated millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. today can become American citizens.

“We have to hold accountable and responsible the 12 million people who are here illegally,” Axelrod explained. “And they have to pay a fine and a penalty and have to meet certain requirements in order to get in the line to earn citizenship. And if they don’t want to do that, they need to leave.”

Axelrod also affirmed, “We want a system that holds everybody responsible and everyone accountable. We have to have better security at our borders and we are developing that, thanks to Secretary Napolitano. We have to have better enforcement on employers who abuse the system by hiring undocumented workers in order to undercut the labor market.”

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=116174


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Actually, no. The action being considered would not grant them citizenship. It would resolve the illegality of their immigration to the US, and allow them to COMMENCE the citizenship application process under the same rules as everyone else. It is easier to organize support or opposition if the facts are better understood.


They have ignored our sovereignty and broken our laws. They’re here illegally.

They need to leave, plain and simple.

And, while I’m at it, whatever happened to immigration quotas?

My comment was not directed to the idea that they have broken our laws, or that they are here illegally. That is true. What is not true is that the action being considered by the administration would provide illegal immigrants with fast-track citizenship, as described in the original post. It would set the penalties for the illegal actions, and allow people who accepted the penalties to commence the typical immigration process. You may not support that either, but I think it is important to debate the actual proposal, not an incorrectly distorted version of the proposal.

As to the merits, I think it would be economically harmful if the labor contribution of these 12 million people was suddenly to vanish. And I do not think it is a good thing to have 12 million angry, resentful, destitute, uprooted, vengeful deportees massed on our borders. But I tend to view these things pragmatically, and respect those who take a more ideological view. At the very least, those who favor mass deportation should explain why I should have to pay higher prices for certain goods and services, and how the border will be stabilized following the mass deportation. Seems we can’t control the border NOW.


Your answer is well thought out.

I think my point is that there never seem to be any consequences for breaking the law or for planning poorly.

Now, we are expected to trust what is going to pass as immigration reform. But, if it passes, you watch. They’ll amend it to hasten citizenship.

Plus, illegals will continue to come here in droves.

Thank you, and I agree with that sentiment.

That being said, I have some problem with the idea that the ONLY acceptable consequence is deportation. There are many benefits from this immigration, particularly economically. Free market theory demands the unrestrained flow of capital and labor, and this is a classic case in point.

So, I think the decision we face as a country is do we face this pragmatically (figure out the appropriate consequences without mass deportation) or face it ideologically (mass deportation). Thanks for sharing a good conversation.


I don’t know where your ancestors came from but one of my Ancestors was here before this nation existed was the United States; and the other one snuck over the border from Canada and he was Irish. They worked here all their lives, they served in both World wars 1, 11, Korea, Viet-nam and they paid their taxes. Let’s just get real, fix the problem, so everyone pays their fair share of what is required to be a citizen. Most illegals come here to work…. so if they don’t have a job then let’s talk about sending them back.

@ Nancy K: Kudos. That is a very fresh and interesting perspective. We spend so much time making sure illegal aliens are NOT working in the US. Maybe we should make sure that they ARE. Yours is a reasonable and pragmatic approach that deserves closer examination.

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