Obama misrepresents immigration bill

immigration-9June 12, 2013

By John Seiler

I read President Obama’s speech yesterday on the immigration reform bill. He said some inspiring words about the achievements of immigrants.

What he did not do is come clean about what’s in the bill. For one thing, he didn’t mention that the bill, on which the U.S. Senate voted yesterday 84-15 to consider, is an incredible 1,922 pages long.

S. 744 grandiloquently is called the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” But what’s in it?

When a bill is that long, that means nobody knows what’s in it. When Nancy Pelosi pushed Obamacare into law in 2010 when she was House Speaker, she said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” YouTube here.

And remember, bills don’t just interpret themselves. Bureaucrats do. Just three years into Obamacare, 15,000 pages of regulations have been added. That’s just for starters. The same thing would happen with the immigration bill.

Here’s what Obama said about the actual bill:

“This week, the Senate will consider a common-sense, bipartisan bill that is the best chance we’ve had in years to fix our broken immigration system.  It will build on what we’ve done and continue to strengthen our borders.  It will make sure that businesses and workers are all playing by the same set of rules, and it includes tough penalties for those who don’t.  It’s fair for middle-class families, by making sure that those who are brought into the system pay their fair share in taxes and for services.  And it’s fair for those who try to immigrate legally by stopping those who try to skip the line.  It’s the right thing to do.”

Actually, here’s some actual wording from the bill, pages 897-8:

19 (c) FUNDING.—Section 217(h)(3)(B) (8 U.S.C.
20 1187(h)(3)(B)) is amended—
21 (1) in clause (i)—
22 (A) by striking ‘‘No later than 6 months
23 after the date of enactment of the Travel Pro-
24 motion Act of 2009, the’’ and inserting ‘‘The’’;
VerDate Mar 15 2010 22:
25 Jun 06, 2013 Jkt 029200 PO 00000 Frm 00897 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6203 E:BILLSS744.RS S744 sroberts on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with BILLS898
•S 744 RS1S
1 (B) in subclause (I), by striking ‘‘and’’ at
2 the end;
3 (C) by redesignating subclause (II) as sub-
4 clause (III); and
5 (D) by inserting after subclause (I) the fol-
6 lowing:
7 ‘‘(II) $16 for border processing;
8 and’’;

If the president really considers this a “common-sense” bill, then we should be able to quiz him on all its 1,922 pages. He’s a smart guy who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago and headed the law review at Harvard Law. We’ll give him a week to brush up on it.




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  1. stolson
    stolson 12 June, 2013, 16:59

    The push for open borders, more influx of invaders (they are not illegal in that they are legal citizens of Mexico, El Salvador, etc) to take over the lower end workers has been going on for awhile. Now they expect all kinds of social benes, and aid, in addition to filing phoney W-2’s with 10 kids listed for a big fat refunds too–the list goes on including the infamous Obamascare. The once middle class will have to become the top of the lower class spectrum.
    Notice to all–the elites will not suffer at all. Votes for Leftists and low pay and no taxes nor benes from employers–is this the American dream?
    I can only hope they put in their ilk into political roles and eliminate the hold that certain grps have had on the Dem machine.

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 12 June, 2013, 20:34

    “….the Senate voted Thursday to formally begin debating an historic overhaul to the nation’s immigration laws that would allow those currently residing in the United States without documentation….”
    hmmmmm…..that “residing without documentation” bit……ohh…you mean ILLEGALS?

    Talk about “misrepresentation”….they can’t come out and call it for what it is. (No surprise this is from NBC News)

    and as for icing on the BS sundae…..As I have stated, they DO have documents…..(all adults are issued a voter identity card by the Republic of Mexico)…….that they conveniently “forgot” or “misplaced”. (Mexico’s voter registration system is far superior to ours, btw…….there’s your cherry on top.)


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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 12 June, 2013, 21:21

    Doomer’s you will be eating twinkies and drinking Mountain Dew for breakfast once the onslaught comes to your workplace…..read up on gov benefits to survive…..your careers are over!

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 13 June, 2013, 08:53

    Am I the only one who is getting sick and tired of left wing politicians characterizing every desired piece of legislation as “common sense”? If there is anything that characterizes left wingers, it’s a total lack of common sense.

    Also, notice how Obummer has to throw in the focus group tested phrases like “fair for the middle class”. How is it fair for the economically deteriorating middle class, which has done so poorly under his regime? Are we going to be lifted out of the doldrums by an influx of millions of suddenly legal permanent residents who can compete legally for our jobs at rock bottom wages?

    No wonder Orwell’s 1984 has had a 5000% sales surge at Amazon lately. The Obama regime is Big Brother on steriods.

    The only way this kind of transparently deceptive rhetoric works is if the American people are as dumb as a stump.

    They should rename the bill “The Death Of The American Middle Class And Political Suicide Of The Republican Party Act of 2013”

    Queeg is right, if this passes we need to push and shove our way to the government hog slop and work the system like the parasite class. Only suckers and chumps work hard, save for tomorrow and pay their “fair share” of taxes. Personally I’m more of a Hostess fruit pie and Pepsi guy though.

    Just a reminder about Obama’s limitless capacity for hypocrisy. When he talks about people paying there “fair share” in taxes remember that He and his rich bi_ch wife only paid an 18% effective tax rate in 2011. The man is reprehensible and disgusting!

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  5. Hondo
    Hondo 13 June, 2013, 09:18

    Obama has paid no attention to the current law. The republicans are insane if they think Obama will pay attention to the new law. Especially the pro rupublican measures Reid put into the bill. Obama will simply enforce the parts of the law he wants to, like he is doing now.
    I support the dream act. Kids that were brought here before they were 12yo have no guilt in their immigration. And after we secure the border from the drug cartels that are shooting chemical arms at our nations kids, crack cocaine, meth and heroin, (and are using the profits to fund islamic terror), I support non criminal illegals becoming legal. No felonies, no drugs, no drunk driving drug arrests or any act of violence.
    We should deport people from our nations jails, not for our jobsites.

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